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How Tailors Repair & Replace Coat Linings November 22, 2019

New York, New York
How Tailors Repair & Replace Coat Linings, New York, New York

When your favorite coat has ripped lining, there are still ways to salvage it. A custom tailor can repair the tear to restore the original look of the piece. They’re also able to replace the fabric with a fresh piece that’s more durable or in a color that makes the coat look more unique. If you’re considering getting one of these services, here’s more information about how these technicians repair and replace lining.

How Tailors Repair Coat Linings

The tailor will usually hand-sew a small tear using a blanket stitch because it secures raw edges and makes it unlikely to unravel in the future. 

If the damage is more extensive, the custom tailor may cut the tear further with a seam ripper. Then, they will pin the fabric so it stays in place while they either sew the hole shut by hand or with a machine.

How They Replace Linings

custom tailorA custom tailor will start by finding the center half of the lining by using a measuring tape. If there is no visible seam, they will cut the center of the fabric. If a seam is visible, they will use a seam ripper to pull out half of the old lining. The other half will be used so the tailor can study how the original seam was sewn. This is also the point where the tailor would hem the pockets of the coat if they are torn.

The half of the lining that wasn’t thrown out will now be used to pattern the seam allowances. The new fabric will be folded in half to create a perfect two-sided panel. The new lining will be assembled in full before being sewn into the coat. Once this is done, the panel is sewn into the coat. 


The Upper East Side of Manhattan looks to Wo’s Custom Tailoring for all of their custom tailoring needs. For over 40 years, they have kept New York City well-dressed by providing suit alterations and lining repairs on delicate fabrics like leather and fur. They also do wedding gown fittings and will work with you to ensure you look beautiful on your big day. View a gallery of some of their work online or call (212) 988-9889 to schedule a consultation.

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