Repair the seam on a leatherette sofa

If the seam has risen or ripped on or on a synthetic leather sofa, the extent of the damage must first be checked carefully. Repair by sewing is only possible if the artificial leather is undamaged. What is important is the identical tension and tensile behavior under load in order to avoid string tears.

Sew on by hand

If the upholstery of an imitation leather sofa is taken care of and maintained regularly, it may happen that the seams rise even though the imitation leather is still in perfect condition. If the damage only affects the seams, it can be re-sewn in a similar way to textile fabrics or genuine leather.

Since upholstery upholstery can rarely be removed from the sofa underlayment, on-site repair is inevitable. For sewing leather and strong fabrics, special semicircular sewing needles are available. With them crescent-shaped movements can be done from above.

Sew tube or bridge

The condition of the seam determines the possible sewing stitch. Ideally, the suture can be strengthened and closed again by "circling". This approach is somewhat like making a "pipe" around the existing seam. Prerequisite for this sewing method is:

  • Undamaged synthetic leather on and under the seam
  • Sufficient space to set the stitches between the existing yarn holes

An alternative is a new seam that connects the edges between two artificial leather sides. Again, there have to be some factors:

  • The two edges to be sewn must be undamaged
  • The old seam should be removed as much as possible for reasons of space
  • Experience with sewing stitches or instruction research is required

In case of damage to the clothing hire a professional

If the artificial leather is frayed or torn, re-sewing is only possible by tensing the cover material. Depending on the padding strength and elasticity, a permanent tension is created, which leads to consequential damage through stress. A repair should be left to a professional upholsterer or saddler.

Tips & Tricks

If your imitation leather sofa has already reached an acceptable age, you can repair broken seams a bit temporarily for a few months. Stick the seams with special upholstery adhesive, which forms its own volume when drying out.

Video Board: How to Hand Sew a Broken Seam on a Leather Recliner