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Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

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    Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?


    I have a weird body where my torso is one size bigger than my legs. So the new Size 42 one piece suit I bought is perfect in the torso and long in the legs. Knee pucks are in the wrong spot and I am rubbing the suit itself at times when leaning over aggressively - I need the legs taken down an inch or two.

    I am wondering if there are any local tailors / shops that do custom alterations. If they are local, that would be awesome as I can go there and put the suit on and show them exactly what the issue is. Otherwise, I can probably show them photos and try and explain over the phone while I ship the suit to them.

    I called Todd @ Heroic already and he is too busy for alterations. Does Vanson do alterations on other brand suits (my suit is an Alpinestars). Any other recommendations?

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Call Vanson up I'm pretty sure they will do it, you'll probably have to go there for measurements though. I know you can take your own measurements and send them in with your suite but if your off it's an expensive ooops....lol.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Jenne Leather in Saratoga NY does great work too. She has done a bunch of work for me over the years and it's always first rate.
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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Not local, but the turnaround was good for me anyways. I had her clean my suit over the winter and from the time I shipped it, to the time I got it back was less than 2 weeks.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Mike Reddish in Randolph, Ma may be willing to take it on. 781 363-3418 or try Sportbike Leather Service in Michigan 734 660-5578 I have used them both with good results for repairs and alterations.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rada View Post
    Jenne Leather in Saratoga NY does great work too. She has done a bunch of work for me over the years and it's always first rate.
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    Thanks for the tip. I called Jenne and she sounded really easy to work with. I am going to meet her on my way up to NYST June 1st, so she can see me in the suit and take measurements, then ship the suit to her after the weekend is over (or drop off on my way back to Boston). She said she'd be able to get it done in a week or two which is awesome.

    Will post an update once done.

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    An update on this - met with Jen in person on my way back from NYST. She took plenty of time and had me put on the suit and took measurements. Seems like a very nice person and was easy to work with.

    Unfortunately, she didn't think she could handle the alteration that I need - remove an inch and a half between hip and knees from a one piece suit. The armor in my knee area seems to be sowed right into the suit and she didn't feel comfortable cutting a nice suit without being 100% sure she could stitch everything back with a top stitch.

    So we just landed on a work around. I'm going to epoxy more Velcro to the legs so that I can just move the knee pucks up to where they need to be and leave the suit itself unaltered (pucks are currently too low because the legs are too long in the thigh area).

    Thanks for your suggestion rada.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    An update on this - met with Jen in person on my way back from NYST. She took plenty of time and had me put on the suit and took measurements. Seems like a very nice person and was easy to work with.

    Unfortunately, she didn't think she could handle the alteration that I need - remove an inch and a half between hip and knees from a one piece suit. The armor in my knee area seems to be sowed right into the suit and she didn't feel comfortable cutting a nice suit without being 100% sure she could stitch everything back with a top stitch.

    So we just landed on a work around. I'm going to epoxy more Velcro to the legs so that I can just move the knee pucks up to where they need to be and leave the suit itself unaltered (pucks are currently too low because the legs are too long in the thigh area).

    Thanks for your suggestion rada.
    Send it to Lizzy Leathers... She can handle the task you're asking for. She did the same thing on my suit.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    OK here's an update to close this one out. My original problem was that the knee pucks were too low (suit's legs were too long for me). After Jen said she couldn't handle shortening the legs, I decided to just glue on more velcro to move the pucks up before exploring sending suit out to another repair shop.

    I used "barge cement" to glue the velcro. I found it to be the leather glue of choice based on Amazon reviews. It seems to be pretty heavy duty.



    I then moved the pucks up and it has fixed my problem. Here's the before and after photos showing puck wear.



    For now I am going to leave the suit alone. Glad to have "solved" this problem the easy way. Credit to Jen for making this suggestion. She seemed good to work with, I'd recommend her if anyone's looking for suit repair. Thanks Rada.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Is everyone swamped this time of year? Need a sleeve repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Is everyone swamped this time of year? Need a sleeve repair.
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    Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?-9a0558f0-920d-43c4-8550-0d7a87712b12Thanks. Just emailed him to see if he can repair the stretch panel I tore.
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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?-9a0558f0-920d-43c4-8550-0d7a87712b12Thanks. Just emailed him to see if he can repair the stretch panel I tore.
    if he doesnt respond soon, let me know & i'll PM you his cell number. i just spoke to him last week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    if he doesnt respond soon, let me know & i'll PM you his cell number. i just spoke to him last week
    Sent email Sunday, no response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Sent email Sunday, no response.
    i messaged him over the weekend to tell him that people have been emailing him. i had someone else say the same thing at the track this weekend.

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    Re: Recommendations for local (ish) suit repairs?

    I'm not in a rush as I have surgery scheduled, just want to get it in the works. Couple other shops responded but I'd have to ship it.

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