It is not a joke to say that bras do a lot of heavy lifting! According to your fashion needs, bust size and your activity level you may require a bra with additional support like an underwire. This thin wire is sewn into the fabric, just under the cups. What happens if this wire breaks or bends? Called a “wire” for a reason–if this support gives way, you’ll experience pinching and pain in the soft breast tissue. Besides sharp, repeated pain, you may also notice reddening of the skin and even bruising. Still, bras are an expensive clothing investment and tossing the bra out isn’t always the answer.
Think about making this simple repair yourself. You don’t have to pay a seamstress to fix your broken underwire or say goodbye to a bra you love! With a few supplies, you can fix that bra and put your favorite lingerie item back in the weekly lineup.
Find the Spot
Before you can repair or replace the bra, you’ll have to find the break. In some cases, you may have to replace the wire. Feel the wire with your fingers and look at the fabric for signs of a break. Some common signs are bending or a wire that pokes out. Use a razor knife or sharp scissors to make a cut in the inner lining of the bra, at the outside under the arm. Pull out the broken wire–using needle nose pliers if needed. If the underwire is broken, you should replace it. If it’s just warped or kinked, lay it flat on a countertop. Place a towel over the bra and pat the kink out with a hammer.
Choosing the Right Underwire
When a replacement is required, begin by determining which wire size you need first. Typically, underwire pieces come in 4 to 6 inch segments. You need to choose the correct size. If you are not sure which to choose, go for the larger one. You can always trim a long underwire with wire cutters. (Many craft stores or sewing supply stores carry underwire.)
Fitting the Wire
Ease the new wire into the slit you cut. Guide the wire into the pocket gently; don’t bend it or twist it. Cut away an excess wire using wire cutters. If you do have to cut the wire, touch the cut end of the underwire with epoxy glue and allow it to dry before pushing it into the bra. You’ll need to close the slit up to insure you don’t lose the underwire or feel pinching later. Make simple stitches that cover the hole. Finish the job with a knot and cut off the excess thread.
Bra repair is something every woman should know. For the best results, take care of an underwire problem as soon as it appears.