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Don't Panic! Here's How to Fix a Snagged Thread

And all it takes is a few minutes.

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Have you ever caught your clothes on a sharp object or edge that created a snag in your fabric? It's the worst. We have all had this happen to our best sweaters and knits, but there's a very quick and easy way to fix a snag!

 

Open weave, loose knit, and lightweight fabrics are more prone to snags so you should be extra careful when wearing garments made from these types of fabrics. You might also want to beware of jewelry with sharp edges (that is how I always get a bad snag). But if you get one in your garment, there's no need to worry — just grab a sewing needle and thread. The most important thing to remember when dealing with a snag is to not cut it, as this will create a hole in your fabric and make the problem even worse.

 

Snags can be small or large, but luckily, the technique to fix them is the same.

 

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Materials

  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Thread (matched to the color of your fabric)
  • Thimble (optional, for those who like a little extra protection)
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Step 1

First, thread your hand sewing needle, no need to knot the end.

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Step 2

Next, insert your threaded needle inside the loop of the snag and pull through until the end of the thread is close to the loop. Create a knot around the loop with the end of your thread.

 

Step 3

Using your scissors, snip the excess thread from the knot. Make sure not to accidentally cut the loop!

 

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Step 4

Insert your threaded hand sewing needle right next to the base of the loop. If you don't insert the needle close to the base it will be more visible, you want to get as close to the base as possible.

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Step 5

Pull the thread entirely through to the wrong side of the fabric taking the loop with you. Don't pull through to hard, be gentle so the snag doesn't "run" more. Once the thread is pulled through to the wrong side, you can either try to untie the knot in the thread or trim the thread with your scissors. Be careful not to cut the loop and undo your work!

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And voila! Here is my fabric from the right side with no visible snag! I love this technique because it is so effective and easy to do. I usually sit down with a bunch of snagged garments and do them all at once.

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I can now confidently wear my Tiered Double Gauze Dress again now that it is fixed! Fixing snagged stitches on the go is the best thing to do so it doesn't get worse, so you should always carry a little sewing kit with you in your purse. (I know I don't go anywhere without mine.)

 

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About the Author

Meg Healy

Meg Healy is the Online Editor for BurdaStyle.com, the world's largest online sewing community. She inspires members of the sewing community by documenting her sewing projects online, developing and instructing online sewing courses, and filming in-studio as one of the faces of BurdaStyle Vidoes, an online sewing video subscription site. She studied Fashion Design at Fanshawe College...

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