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Have rips, loose seams and damage repaired as soon as possible by a professional furrier. This prevents minor problems from becoming major, more expensive problems.
Repairing fur garments is not like mending cloth. Repairs made from the outside will be weak and susceptible to more damage. For proper repairs the coat must be opened and the sewing must be done from “inside”, under the lining. Specialized equipment including special needles and thread types specifically designed for the unique properties of fur, must be used. Regular needles and thread will not be strong enough for fur. Most tailors, seamstresses or sewing hobbyists do not have this special equipment and are not versed in the proper methods for cutting and sewing fur. For lasting repairs a garment should be taken to a professional furrier.
Remodeling, Restyles, and Alterations
Give new life to your old fur coat or jacket by remodeling it into updated styles and silhouettes. Restyle the sleeves or collar. Use it to line a raincoat. Make it into a stole, muff, hat or scarf. Or perhaps you’d like fur pillows or a fur throw. With your creativity and the skills and experience of your Authorized Furcare Specialist℠ there are more options for remodeling than you can imagine!
However, even a simple remodeling job can be complicated. In many cases new patterns must be constructed and fitted, which means the old coat must be taken apart. Unusable fur must be discarded and usable fur must be completely reworked to fit the new pattern. In some cases, new fur must be added – which, of course, must be carefully sourced to match the original pelts. Remodeling requires the expertise of skilled craftsmen with the proper tools and training.
LEGAL INFORMATION. The information contained on this page is intended only as a Guideline. The recommendations on this website are generally accepted good practice options for care of fur garments. Please see a professional, Authorized Furcare Specialist℠ for a physical inspection of your fur garments to determine condition and advise on proper care treatments and courses of action. Although the individual businesses listed as “Authorized Furcare Specialist℠” have been reasonably verified to specialize in fur products, AFC and its operators do not endorse, nor imply endorsement, of said business entities. It is the consumers responsibility to verify that their chosen furriers facilities and services are suitable for their garments specific needs. Furcare.org assumes no liability and is not responsible for recomendations and services provided by “Authorized Furcare Specialist℠” listed herein. AFC and its operators do not settle disputes between consumers and businesses, nor does it retain any obligation to act as a third party arbitrator. Due to the biological nature, variation of products, unknown origin, material sources and manufacturing processes of individual fur products discussed on this website furcare.org and its operators are not responsible for the effects of the care recommendations listed on this website on any such products that you may own.