Do you know how to take care of real fur coats? If you’re like most people, the instincts to care for your real fur coat are much different than they are for taking care of other types of outerwear, particularly those that are man-made. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to take proper care, regardless of the many types of fur coats available on the market. One of these aspects of care is understanding how you can make minor repairs in an emergency. While most fur coat repairs should be completed by a trained and experienced furrier, it’s important to know how to make emergency repairs to prevent further damage until you can get it in to your local furrier for proper repairs.
Sewing Your Real Fur Coat
One of the biggest problems many people encounter with their real furs is a tear. When pelts separate from each other or there is a small tear, it can quickly become worse if it isn’t repaired as quickly as possible. When taking your coat to the furrier doesn’t fit into your schedule right away, you may want to make the repair yourself until you can have it fixed properly. However, this isn’t like fixing your average piece of clothing. You must be careful not to further damage your real fur coat in the process.
First and foremost, it’s important to use as thin a needle as possible. Thick needles can easily damage the pelt, even if it may seem easier to pull them through the thick pelt. Make sure the needle you purchase is meant for leather sewing. You should also use a thicker thread than normal to ensure a good hold. You must also use a thimble to help you push the needle through, as well as a needle nosed pliers to help pull from the other side. Be sure to blow the fur out of the way as you pull the thread through so it doesn’t become caught underneath. This will create a more polished finish similar to what the furrier can create. Remember, this is only a temporary fix designed to help you prevent further damage until your furrier can take care of the problem. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful, though.
Bald Spots Showing
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your real fur coat may develop a bald spot, either due to age or a number of other issues. While a furrier may sometimes be able to match pelts and repair the area, you don’t want to wear a fur coat with an obvious bald spot showing. Unless you want to put your fur coat away, you need to do something about it. There is a way you can fix your fur coat until it can be properly repaired by your furrier. This process will only work on pelts with darker fur and lighter leather. Purchase shoe dye in a color similar to the fur of your coat. Apply the dye with the included applicator. If there is no applicator, use a cotton swab to spread the dye in the affected area. This will darken the leather underneath and help hide the fact there is a bald spot in your real fur coat.
Something Stuck in the Fur
You may be extremely careful when you’re wearing your real fur coat, especially if you know how to take care of real fur. However, sometimes accidents happen and something becomes stuck in your fur coat. Because it’s important to wash them properly, you may feel like you have to wait for real fur cleaning. To remove something that has become stuck in your fur, purchase a pet brush to gently brush through the fur. In most cases, this will safely and effectively remove whatever has become stuck in the fur. Be careful not to pull too hard or you will loosen the fur.
Knowing how to take care of real fur is essential, especially if an accident occurs and you need to make emergency repairs. While it’s always best to turn to your furrier for proper repairs for your real fur coat, there are a few things you can do to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. With these tips, you can keep your fur coat from becoming even further damaged and allow you to continue wearing it until you can get it to the furrier.
If you’re looking for a professional furrier to help you repair your real fur coat, contact us. We can handle any repairs on all types of fur coats so you can wear it with pride.