Clothing Repair: How To Replace A Lost Underwire

An underwire is a necessity for some women. You can replace a lost underwire quickly and easily.

No matter what type of clothing a woman wears on the outside, what she wears on the inside can make the difference as to how her entire outfit is going to look. Wearing the proper type of brassiere that is not too tight or too loose is a key to looking sexy and stylish.

Sports bras are a very popular type of brassiere today. Many women wear them when they power walk, jog, do aerobics, do weight training, or just work around the house. Sports bras provide a minimal amount of support for any woman. They are best worn by women who have smaller breast sizes. Many sports bras are designed to be worn underneath a leotard or other work - out outfit. Others can be worn on the outside, in the place of a tee shirt or other exercise top.

"Underwire" is a word that is most often used in the world of fashion. It usually describes a brassiere (commonly known as a "bra") that provides added support for women who wear the larger bra sizes. An underwire bra has either a thin metal orplastic strip that is sewn right into the bottom of the bra where it runs around a woman's midsection. An underwire bra, with its added support, can be especially helpful for a woman who is pregnant or who is breast feeding.


There is also a "gel underwire" bra that is supposed to be even more comfortable because the wire is covered by a softer, gel wrap.

You can tell if you are choosing the right-sized bras for yourself, because your bras will cover your breasts. There will be no bulging out of either side of the bra; the straps of your bras will stay up and in place; and, there will be no areas where your bra rubs and irritates your skin. This last factor is especially important when wearing an underwire bra because its metal or plastic strip can dig into your midsection.

If you have lost the underwire out of your bra, or if it just needs replaced for some other reason, you can do this task easily in just an hour or so. The first step is to spread the bra out on a flat surface, so the inside is showing. Then, locate the sewn in tunnel of fabric at the bottom of the bra where the underwire was located. Run your fingers along the fabric and look for an opening. If you can't find one, then the next step is to find the back of the bra, and use a single-sided razor to carefully make a vertical slit across the tunnel.

The third step in this task is to take the new underwire strip you have purchased and start feeding an end of it into the opening that you have made. Continue to feed it and work it into the tunnel of fabric while you make sure that it stays straight and flat.

Finally, after you have it inserted into the bra, you will need to sew the opening or the slit closed.

Ideally, bras of any type should not be laundered in a washing machine. The straps and the underwires can easily get caught in the agitator of the machine. They should be hand washed in a mild detergent,rinsed and gently wrung dry, then hung up to finish drying completely. Bras should never be dried in a clothes dryer. This is because the heat will actually break down the elastic in the bra, causing it to lose its shape as well as its stretching power.

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