Random Questions: 'Unrepairable' ... any advice?


krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:00
Bought some VisVim Ancestors from Zoom (cheers mate) that had a slight tear in the suede toebox as i thought it would be an easy repair. Took them to a decent cobbler in town and they said that the "Suede is a poor quality and wont hold the stitches"

Now, im no expert, but surely Visvim being the company they are dont use shit suede? He was basically telling me if he stitched the gap up, the suede wouldnt hold them in and before i knew it, they would come out.

Anyone know if this is bullshit before i waste my time with other cobblers? Can get pics of the hole if needs be

Cheers
Dee
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12057 posts since 22/11/07

12 Jan 2013 14:03
stick pics up, was he patching with another bit of suede or simply trying to stitch the hole up?

NigelBenn
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4465 posts since 6/2/08

12 Jan 2013 14:03
I remember somebody from here took a pair of Virgils to the cobblers and they laughed at the poor quality.
krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:04
He was gonna just try and stitch the hole up. Its no longer than and inch and a half long. I didnt think it was going to be such a pain in the ass, starting to wonder what my options are.

Will get pics shortly…
krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:25

DY
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9619 posts since 9/6/11

12 Jan 2013 14:27
bin them
beedub
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6810 posts since 7/3/07

12 Jan 2013 14:28
Hole looks too close to the sole to be able to stitch into?
krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:31
Thats what i was worried about Bee. Will be fucked off big time if they've had it.
emiserry
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1090 posts since 5/8/11

12 Jan 2013 14:37
krisricey wrote: . Took them to a decent cobbler in town and they said that the "Suede is a poor quality and wont hold the stitches"

Think this is a bit of a miscommunication with you and the cobbler. Think he meant the suede is too soft and thin to be mended, not poor quality. It's a bit like cashmere or silk isn't it, very soft and beautiful but destroyed easily.
krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:38
Yeah he was literally running his fingers across the gap (no xxx) and little bits were fraying off. His words were "They've used the wrong suede" - at which point i lost faith
Rez
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8733 posts since 5/4/09

12 Jan 2013 14:41
False prophet with a ponytail
Centurionone
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1652 posts since 30/3/11

12 Jan 2013 14:42
Some cobblers interpret soft suede as "poor quality" instead of delicate. I had a pair of Hermes gloves where the stiching was coming off, I had the same sermon from the tailor, leather being poor quality yada yada yada. I have worn those gloves in worst conditions, in snow , in rain… Heck, the missus even threw them in a washing machine by mistake once. 10 years on they still reside in the gloves drawer happily and compete with the best of "tough guys"

Don't give up on them, there will be some cobbler who is a bit more "creative" will see that you want to save them, perhaps attach a piece from inside and stitch to give them further life..

Good luck!
krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:45
Cheers mate, i was thinking about perhaps getting a piece inside and stitched in then just neatened up. Wouldnt look as new but would mean i can wear them!

I'll keep trying the cobblers i know of, i think delicate is the right word lol
Centurionone
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1652 posts since 30/3/11

12 Jan 2013 14:45
krisricey wrote: Yeah he was literally running his fingers across the gap (no xxx) and little bits were fraying off. His words were "They've used the wrong suede" - at which point i lost faith


Hah , the wrong suede ! See, it's a bit like the effing cab drivers of London, given half the chance they would run the country out of recession. They have an opinion on everything… sadly most of the time it is uninformed!
Dee
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12057 posts since 22/11/07

12 Jan 2013 14:49
cobblers! the fucking stuff is stitched all over. It looks a bit close to the sole but looks like it should be still fixable. Take them to another place and just ask for them to be stitched, you could try one of those places that fix up leather items rather than a high street cobbler, who at the best of times whinge unless they are doing anything but standard jobs.

krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 14:49
Yeah i dont think i've got any real professional places near where i live … pain in the ass really. Will do some research
Dee
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12057 posts since 22/11/07

12 Jan 2013 14:51
normally some little place fixing belts and bags up for women etc, root one out.

krisricey
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2198 posts since 24/3/12

12 Jan 2013 15:15
Google proving useless. I'll have to ask around i guess lol
Casper13
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1492 posts since 14/3/11

12 Jan 2013 15:18
Where do you live?
Dee
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12057 posts since 22/11/07

12 Jan 2013 15:19
maybe buy a decent working needle and some twine and have a go yourself?