We will either get a close colour or a colour that match's the trim or other colours on the bag, often a black or brown will look great, as a feature, rather than trying to hide the new corners.
- Select Leather
- Determine Maximum Size
- Cut to size
- Stitch Join now or later if it suits
- Glue to bag
Main Points Explained
1 Select Leather
- Colour-either similar or really different to match with other trim
- Thickness- you want the patch to be as thick as the original?
2 Determine Maximum Size
- Find the worst corner
- Measure distance from corner to far edge of wear
- Add 10mm
- This is the radius of your circle
3 Cut to size
- Cut around a circle of the right size - where possible, otherwise mark out then cut
4 Stitch Join
- Glue join and ideally stitch now otherwise later
5 Glue to bag
- Glue inside of new corner out to within about 15mm of edge (so glue doesn't get smeared all over bag
- Assemble while wet
- Take your time and keep it nice, flat and snug to avoid puckers at the end
1. Measure the worst height and widths, this gives you your patch size and location
2. Select a leather that is soft and supple, oh and that looks nice to, yet thick enough to last!
3. Cut out a circle or round cornered triangle, trace it onto the back of the leather for the next one, BUT DON’T cut the second one out yet – you may decide to change the shape
4. Glue back of patch
5. Place on bag so that the sides and top looks good
6. Now when you do the bottom you might get a pucker, if so cut the leather and lay it over itself, you may wish to unstick the patch and skive the overlap… or not!
Bag Corner Shapes
Yes sure we can fix your bag straps... if we don't have anything to match the colour we will pull it apart and reinforce it from the inside of the strap with some webbing or similar to give it strength, but keep the existing outside so it looks nice... shall we do all 4 ... or 8 dolp!
- Glue strap together - where possible
Main Steps Explained
Just enough to get the job done
2 Glue strap together - where possible
To make look nice,
Using yellow glue, even though it's vinyl as glue is just to hold it all together while we stitch.
Webbing, suitcase side, leather, anything strong and fairly thin. Avoid a big bump where the webbing ends by staggering the ends. Lightly glue it together so it will stay lined up while you stitch it.
Go in through a side pocket by unstitching a seam, Stitch in existing holes where possible when stitching strap back together and onto bag. Loosen tension when restitching pocket lining.
- Unpick - usually better than trying to tuck a piece in the side
- Glue strap together - where possible - looks better once done
- Reinforce - gives it the strength
- Stitch - hold it together longer than just glue
Last a reasonable length of time, as long or longer than original.
Broken Strap on bag
Broken Strap removed from bag
Unpicked and split apart
Webbing ready to go in
Webbing glued in
If possible leave wheel housing in suitcase and just replace the wheel.
If you have to replace the entire wheel housing first make sure you have a new one to
replace it with. Check that the new one will be the same height.
If we don’t have one in stock, remove the old one and send to:
Superior Bag Repairs
Note: Include a return freight ticket and address label to us for them.
Getting old rivets out can be tricky, lever up the edge of the washer on the inside of the
bag and then grab the edge with side cutters and rip the washer off. Now either push the
rivet out or if that wont work cut the bit that stopping it off. You could try drilling but the
rivet often starts spinning.
Try heating rivet from the outside of the case until you can just pull the plastic wheel
housing away as it will have melted the plastic.
If all else fails heat the rivet up and push it right through, this will leave a big hole which
we can cover with large washers.
Stitching suitcases can be difficult because of the hard plastic and metal bits inside esp. on
the corners, if it is being a real pain, stitch with the awl from the outside to the outside, as
in right through the corner, as long as you do nice even stitches it will look fine, even better
if you can tell the customer what it will look like when they drop it off.
Tip Axles can often be removed from inside the case by first removing a little metal plate.
Bag Locks, latches and catches
Remove old and replace with new
Use a bigger lock to cover up any mess, tears or other problems, usually have to unpick some lining to
be able to bend the legs on the bit the lock slides into.
When it is not possible to unpick the lining
Poke the legs thru the lining then glue a patch over the legs
Or cut the lining near an edge, do the legs, and then just glue the lining back.
Big Lock KAO123A, brushed nickel and AB 52* 45mm
Med lock KAO131A brushed nickel and AB 58* 45mm
Sml lock KAO131A brushed nickel and AB 45* 35mm
Magnet Catch Patch
1 Unpick lining of pocket or edge.
2 Cut, glue and stitch patch on.
3 Cut slits for Magnet catch legs and insert new catch by folding legs inward to each other on top o washer with slots in it.
4 Restitch seam
If no can unpick lining
Attach magnet catch to piece of leather and glue it on, make it at least 60mm by 60mm
If the magnet catch is weak, wobbly or loose you may have a none matching pair, the bump on the non magnetic side is too long and it hits the bottom of the centre hole of the magnetic side so the flat faces dont get close enough to grip properly
Suitcase and bag handles
1. Remove old – get at rivets by cutting off old handle with side
cutters, or drill, or whatever it takes
2. Mark out and make new holes if you cant use old ones
3. Rivet new handle on with Pop rivets, with washers on inside of bag
4. Test Strength
5. Remove any sharp bits at back of rivets
On some hard cases it is possible to pull the old handle off with pincers, it makes a bit of
a mess put the new handle will cover it up
If the old holes are showing cut out a pleasant shape of 1.8 rubber or suitable leather and
glue it on before putting the new handle on top of it.
Tools & Materials
Pop riveter & 5 mm rivets
Drill & 5mm bit
Things to Watch for
Zip slider right around
Black Plastic Handles get 10 at a time from Grut Distributors Pt number___
Leather handles Blk or Brn Lge or Sml order from Footom 1 at a time.
Rivets and matching washers come from across the road at EDL Newton St
take an old one of each as a sample, we have an account there
So Stock 1 Small and 1 Large Brown Leather as you can paint or order black
Also stock min 1Black plastic if you get stuck you can get the black plastic
from Footcom also but they will be twice the price
Handle undone? Can't stitch it cos the bar or internal bracing is in the way? Stitch 2 pieces of webbing to the end of the handle and tuck them up inside the bag to an area where you can stitch them. Job done