Repairing Damage to your Fur Coat
A basic care guideline that should always be followed with fur garments is to check the entire garment for rips, loose seams, and other damage before the first wear and before you store the item.
If you notice that your fur seems looser than usual, notice fraying at the edges, or if you felt a pulling or popping when wearing the garment, you most likely damaged the fur.
General Fur Care
In order to get the most out of your fur, you should frequently inspect the garment during the winter season. For example, by inspecting your garment after wearing it for a long time, you may be able to recognize signs of damage.
Sitting on your fur coat for an extended period of time could damage the fur, and to counteract this damage you should fluff the fur by hanging the garment upside down. If you inspect your fur after each wear, you can instantly recognize damage and take the garment to a repair shop.
Catching Small Damage
With any fur piece, it is much easier to make a small repair to a seam or close a stitch here and there than it is to completely re-stitch an entire panel. For this reason, your fur’s longevity depends on how attentive you are to the fur’s condition.
Noticing a popped seam or worn area on a shoulder or sleeve could save you time and money if you address the problem right away. It also makes the repair process easier for the furrier when they only have to complete slight modifications to the garment.
Finding a Furrier
In order to get the best care for your garment, finding a professional furrier to make your fur repairs is a must. More often than not, tailors, seamstresses, and sewing hobbyists lack the proper equipment to adequately take care of your furs.
Because of the thick hide and intricate seams, non-furrier repair shops may actually cause more damage to the fur than there initially existed. Even if the tailor or seamstress fixes the issue, he or she might have cause damage that will show up later in the garment’s life.