How to Fix a Tear in Polyester Fabric

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Strong and durable polyester fabric resists shrinking and wrinkles. The synthetic material also resists mildew and machine washes and dries easily. Due to its properties, it's especially suitable everyday apparel. Despite the fabric’s strength and durability, rips and tears occur. Fix a tear in polyester fabric by stabilizing the fabric beneath the tear and stitching the tear closed.

    Things You'll Need

    • Polyester patch
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Matching thread

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    Locate a matching polyester patch. You can cut a piece of fabric off an unused garment or shop the remnant bin at a fabric store. Cut the fabric so it covers the tear completely with approximately 1 inch of excess fabric on all sides of the tear.

    Position the fabric on the back of the polyester fabric so that it's underneath the tear. Pin the fabric in place. Line up both sides of the tear so that it lays evenly on top of the fabric beneath it.

    Set the sewing machine to a wide zigzag stitch and begin sewing a zigzag stitch across the tear. Stitch along the entire length of the tear. Make one or two additional rows of zigzag stitches to cover the tear completely. This ensures that the tear is securely closed.

    Turn the polyester fabric over to the underside and trim away the fabric patch approximately 1/4 inch on each side.

    • Ensure that your polyester patch is the same weight as the fabric used to make the garment, this ensures that the fabric flows smoothly when worn.

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