How to Repair Your Fishnet Stockings.




Introduction: How to Repair Your Fishnet Stockings.

About: Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile. -Hippocrates

I recently created a small hole on my fishnets no thanks to the zipper of my boots. They're expensive and have a toe protector and I didn't want to throw them away. While repairing them, I wondered how many have thrown away their fishnet stockings due to a small mishap and figured to create this Instructable so everyone can still enjoy their precious fishnets. It took only about 5 minutes to sew 2 areas on the fishnet.

Keep in mind this is for small repairs of course.
If there's a huge rip, move on and buy another.

Step 1: The Rip on the Fishnet.

Here's the rip on the fishnet. Not good.
Time to fix it.

Step 2: Supplies

Woolly Nylon Thread
Needle threader
Ball-Point Sewing Needle FOR KNITS
(you'll know if you test it gently and it doesn't prick your finger as much as a Sharp needle)
Thread Clipper (or small scissor for control)

Wooly nylon thread comes in a limited range of colors so there's a high chance
that you will not get the exact color. Get a color thats similar or close to the color of your stockings.
The stitches are so small it won't be noticed.
My fishnets were magenta colored but I used the purple grape thread.

The thread itself is pretty pricey too so it might not be practical to do this unless you know someone who uses woolly nylon thread for serging and sewing.
If you own a lot of fishnets, especially in one color (like black), then it is worth it getting the thread.

Save your eyes, time, and sanity. Use a needle threader.

Don't use a regular needle for knits, it can ruin or shred the fibers.

Step 3: Threading Woolly Nylon Thread.

Cut a piece of thread, don't make it too long or it might be difficult to sew with.

Woolly nylon thread is stretchy and fibrous.
It can be a bit challenging to work with because it is not like your average thread.
But it's great for stretchy, knit fabrics. Or fishnets.

If by chance you don't have a needle threader, you can use your mouth to try to bunch up the end
of the thread but it will take a few patient tries to put it through the eye.

Otherwise, just use the needle threader.
Insert the wire end through the needle's eye, put your thread the wire loop, and pull it through the needle's eye.

Step 4: Stitch the Rip.

Wear the fishnets so you can see where the rip is.
Wearing the fishnets will also provide the stretch and tension as well.
If the rip is in a difficult area, move it around so you can work with it.

Observe the pattern and imitate it.
For regular fishnets, it is the center of the hole.

Secure thread by taking a couple stitches on the bottom
(no need to make a knot at the end)
then attach it to the top and take a couple more stitches.
Don't overdo the stitching or else you'll get a bunched knot.

I posted a video on YouTube if you're having trouble seeing it in Instructables:
Repairing Fishnets

Now go fix your stockings!

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    14 years ago on Introduction

    Great job! I think the pictures are very nice, great job, nice job getting featured too!


    14 years ago on Introduction

    nice gams by the way hehe this is basically the same method used to repair "shrimping" or fishing nets


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    Never underestimate the power of Photoshop. (It was NOT used on the stockings by the way.) Fish, shrimp, legs, arms, it's all the same to a net. Didn't know it was the same technique for actual fishing nets. Thanks for the intel.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    I have this problem with my fishnets all the time. :)


    14 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't know that fishnets were expensive. My wife rips them all the time and we just buy new ones. Although if they're worth the time to repair and it's and it's an easy fix then, why not? It's always good to reduce waste ;)


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    It depends where you get the fishnets. I think the ones I ruined were from Victoria's Secret so they weren't really cheap. The store doesn't stock these anymore so it wasn't replaceable. The quality and color are different from other stockings. It didn't pill up like a sweater after a few washings. Less waste is indeed good, no need to go Brave New World with ruined clothes.