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If you are coming to this article from our Here's What You Should Know Before Patching Your Winter Outerwear page, then you have [hopefully] already determined the cause of the damage that you're looking to repair. The next step is taking a good hard look at the damaged area, and deciding whether you will patch it yourself or rely on a professional seamster/seamstress to get the job done.
Don't get us wrong, we're huge fans of a little do-it-yourself action - especially when it comes to keeping your outerwear clean, happy, and in one piece. But there come's a time when even the most experienced and able DIY connoisseur should put away their patch kit and look to a pro for some repair help.
First, here's a few examples of fabric damage that makes for a perfect do-it-yourself project:
But enough of that, let's jump in to the complicated damage that you really came here to see. Below you will find some examples of real-life outerwear damage, along with some added explanations, that warranted a professional repair. This is in no way a comprehensive depiction, but rather a guide to what sort of things to look for when you're deciding between a DIY or pro patch job.
Doing it yourself is relatively easy, once you find your preferred patching materials and clean the gear in question, and will almost always save you some cash and time - but we completely understand if you either 1) don't have the time or means to fix your item or 2) don't trust yourself to repair the gear.
No reason to stress, as our technical sewers here at TREW can fix anything, big or small. Just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to run something by us. We're here to help!