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
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.
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:
Now go fix your stockings!