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Posted 4 years ago

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Shelley
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At first glance, I thought this found item was a seam ripper. The name inset into the handle is FABRICON INVISIBLE REWEAVER. Can anyone tell me about this, it's age and how it was used? Is it still in use today? Thanks.

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  1. Belltown Belltown, 4 years ago
    I asked a friend about this and here's what she said:
    "I haven't seen one of these in years! My Grandmother had one - she would fix snags with it - and you used to be able to buy them in the notions department."

    There was also a spiral-bound book published in 1968 called "The Fabricon Method of Invisible Reweaving." There's an antiquarian book seller online who wants $35 for a copy.
  2. Shelley, 4 years ago
    The hook end looks very much the same as a rug hook and that little flap moves up and down, I can imagine that was very beneficial in doing the weaving.
  3. sewfan, 4 years ago
    He, he. I did a little research on this and it seems that William Bogolub, DBA Fabricon Co. was a scammer in the first degree. In the early 50's he was selling a correspondence course to learn commercial re-weaving and making false claims. The FTC was not impressed.
    http://www.ftc.gov/os/decisions/docs/Vol%2052/ftcd-vol52(JULY-JUNE1956)PAGES1-97.pdf Pages 9-13

    So it looks like this is from the early '50s.
  4. Erna , 4 years ago
    I have one of these invisible weavers. I just found it again and would like to repair some snags in a rug I have. I have forgotten how to use it. It is from the 50's and I did use it quite a bit for snags and rips. I put it away when all that polyester knits came on the scene. I will have to try using it again . ernajoy
  5. dolyco, 4 years ago
    I have a reweaver that broke when we were moving. I looking for a new one. Those things are GREAT! I love how they work!
  6. dolyco, 4 years ago
    My husband paid for the Fabricon Reweaving Course in the 1990s. It came as a kit with the Fabricon reweaver and the French Reweaving method. I really like it and I cannot see it as a scam if it came with instructions and I learned how to use it.
  7. Julie , 4 years ago
    Hi Everyone,

    I have been looking for one of these everywhere. Is anyone interested in selling me theirs???
  8. Colorado Polly, 4 years ago
    I just found one of these gadgets at a thrift shop. I can see what the latch hook is for but does anyone know what the other protrusion is for? (the thing that looks like a bent pin?)
  9. TorchJazz, 3 years ago
    I can tell you exactly what the tool is. It is part of a French reweaving program by Fabricon. My Mother still reweaves to this day and makes great money repairing expensive clothing/items for customers. Beats replacing the garments! The last time I spoke with her about it (a while ago), she was charging upwards toward $40 for a tiny hole. The hole is covered by a piece of fabric from the same garment, cut from an inconspicuous place. When fringed and placed over the hole, (more detail than I can tell you), the fringed thread are pulled through, in and out of the fabric, causing the new piece to "weave" itself into the fabric. Would love to find a couple of the tools myself. They are hard to find? Any suggestions?
  10. ThrowMeAPillow, 3 years ago
    French Reweaving (called the "fren-way" system by the same guy who brought you the Fabricon system) just uses regular needles (or especially fine needles). one of the comments above is a pretty good description. French Reweaving requires that you constantly thread a regular needle; the "Fabricon" meathod uses this "latvh-hook" and so it saves time... but the latch-hook is bulkier than a needle, so there's a trade-off. The "bent pin" part is just handy for counting threads and parting the fabric between threads, teasing threads out (when you're making that fringe which you will "re-weave" over the damage) etc.
    The only reason it was considered a "scam" is because it requires REAL WORK! HA! It was not a scam. I learned Vinyl Repair from a correspondence course from the same guy. Again; the only "scam" was that it takes WORK!
    I was never disappointed.
  11. dolyco, 3 years ago
    The "bent needle" looking thing is for closing the latch of the miniature latch hook to make it easier for pulling the threads through without having to close it with your fingers. It works great!
  12. dolyco, 3 years ago
    Does anyone know where I can get a fabricon?
  13. Yzerman, 3 years ago
    Hello, great info here, i just saw this post and thought i would post a pic of my mom's reweaver (wooden handle, metal cover says "Made in England"), as i am was searching for info myself. I am not trying to highjack your post :) i hope you don't mind
    I am trying to find a date on it though? 50s? She said it was used to repair nylons back in the day.
    [IMG]http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h82/seafur/DSCF00063.jpg[/IMG]
  14. Yzerman, 3 years ago
    i thought the picture would show up autmatically without the link, sorry i don't knwo how to get it to work,,,
    http://s62.photobucket.com/albums/h82/seafur/?action=view&current=DSCF00063.jpg
  15. dolyco, 3 years ago
    Wow Yzerman, That's an old one!
  16. Vincent, 3 years ago
    Anyone manage to find out where to buy/order tool?
    Thanks
  17. dolyco, 3 years ago
    No, I've been looking and have not found one lead yet. Mine broke and I would like another one.
  18. Monette Satterfield, 3 years ago
    I just lucked into this post and hope someone can help me. I'm a freelance writer working on a magazine article assigned from "Piecework" about reweaving. I'm having a tough time finding folks with first hand knowledge! If you could help by answering a few questions, I'd be so grateful :)

    I don't know if the link to reach me will come through - if not you'll find me at my site ShinyDesigns.com: http://shinydesigns.com/contact

    Thanks!

  19. mrsdavis09, 2 years ago
    How great that I found this thread! I am sitting at my desk with the complete Fabricon course, minus this tool. If anyone has one or knows where I can find one, I would be soooo happy! I do alterations for a living, and want to learn this method so I can use it to supplement my alterations income, and make some of my clients very happy campers when I tell them I can do reweaving for them, lol :)

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