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Rug Repair – Do it Yourself – Fix rugs like a pro

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Here are rug repair tips by yourself, you can easily fix rugs like a pro

I suppose there are a few rug repair services out there.  I wonder if they did the job properly or not. My rug has been repaired but it doesn't look nice from afar anymore, so I have to do it myself. As for rug repairs, you can get some rug repair tools and supplies at your local rug store too. But you know what?


Here are 5 tips for rug repairs by yourself:


#1 Plan Your Plan of Action

Before starting any rug repairs, plan your project first according to the extent of damage on the rug. If you're going to discard a few fibers here and there while repairing a hole in an oriental rug which will eventually spread out further, don't bother trying. You need to have the rug repaired by a professional. If it just needs some patching and basic seams, you can easily do it yourself at home.

Get an idea of what you will be doing and how much time it is going to take. You don't want to start and then realize you're not going to be able to complete the project in one day. This can also help you determine how much of the rug repair supplies you will need.


#2 Patching and Seaming Supplies

You'll need some basic supplies for rug patching and seaming. These include a sharp pair of scissors, thread that matches the rug color, rug needles, fabric glue, a measuring tape and a straight edge (a metal ruler or a piece of wood will work).

For patching a rug, you'll also need some rug fiber. You can usually find this at your local rug store. If you're not sure what type of fiber to get, take a piece of the rug with you when you go to buy the supplies.


#3 Cut the Damaged Fabric

Carefully cut away the damaged fabric using sharp scissors. Be very careful not to cut into the good fabric or the backing of the rug. If you're repairing a large hole, it's best to cut out a square or rectangle around the hole that is slightly larger than the hole itself. This will give you more room to work and make it easier to seam the edges together.


#4 Cut the New Piece of Fabric

If you're patching a rug with a square or rectangular hole, cut out a square or rectangle piece of rug fabric. If the rug has corners, make sure your new piece is big enough to cover the entire corner. You can either sew this piece in place or use rug glue.

For seaming rug edges together, cut two pieces of rug fabric that are slightly larger than the holes themselves. The exact size will depend how badly damaged the rug is and how wide around the hole is. Measure twice before cutting. Don't forget to add an extra 1/2 inch on all sides for seam allowances. These are important because if they are too small, it won't be easy to sew the rug together and it will be more likely to come apart.


#5 Sewing the New Piece of Fabric

If you're using a sewing machine, set it to a zigzag stitch. This type of stitch will be stronger and less likely to come apart. Sew around the edge of the new piece of fabric, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

If you're sewing by hand, use a running stitch. Again, make sure to backstitch at both ends. Take your time while sewing and make sure the stitches are even and consistent. This is what will hold your rug together in the long run.


And there you have it! With these rug repair tips by yourself, you can easily fix rugs like a pro.


#1.  Rug gluing supplies: rug glue and brush (for fabric), rug tray for water and rug weights (for carpets)

#2.  Thread that matches the rug color or close to it

#4.  Scissors, measuring tape and straight edge metal ruler: maybe set square to help?

#5.  Rug needle and carpet fiber: rug supplier should sell this too! here's more reading on cactusjuggler.com .


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