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Torn leather on under arm seam.
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I just got lightly worn 618, practically new. I noticed on the right side, under arm area, there is a very small tear in the leather right at the seam. The seam itself is intact and still sewn, but on one small spot the leather seems to have ripped or perhaps had a hole in it when it was sewn? Its very small and not noticable unless inspecting closely, im just worried it could get worse over time. just wondering if and how this could be repaired without having to replace an entire arm (for the jacket and my wallet lol) Thanks! nick.
Gail on 04/30/12 at 08:08 AM

Nick, Without seeing the hole I really cannot advise much. If a seam opens up this can be repaired, holes or tears in leather cannot be repaired other then putting a patch over the damage area ot replacing the that sleeve. This is a costly repair to have an entire sleeve replaced, which may not be a perfect match to the jacket. Could it be possible this small hole under the armpit is one of the the underarm eyelets that has come off and is just exposing the small hole? Gail

NickTreiber on 04/30/12 at 12:48 PM
No, all the eyelets are still there. Its just a very small tear right at the seam, my guess is that it was either sewn like this or the previous owner's wear caused it, which is very doubtful honestly considering how little it was used when i purchased it. He said he only owned it for 6 months. I would think the seam would split before tearing leather anyhow. But here are 2 photos i included. Hope this helps, and thank you for the reply!
Gail on 04/30/12 at 01:14 PM

On all used jackets you never really know the history of the jacket. I can see the small hole but I can not tell you how it happened. It appears the leather has broken away from the seam, only the previous owner would know how this ocuured. Gail

NickTreiber on 04/30/12 at 01:23 PM
Well, im going to let it go and let time tell. If in the future it does open up, would it be possible to get this patched up by you guys? Thanks Gail!
Gail on 04/30/12 at 01:52 PM

If & when it needs a repair, we would probably have to look at the jacket, to see what the options were. Gail

NickTreiber on 11/17/12 at 12:27 PM

If this does eventually need repaired would it be possible to place a patch on the inside by opening opening up the lining and then resewing it?  rather than directly over the damage?