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Old 03-22-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Hey ladies. I got some on going Bra drama I need to advise on. Today while at work all of a sudden I heard an dreadful little snap nose and there it went.... another bra bit the dust! The underwire in one cup of the bra snapped .. which pretty much means that soon the wire would be poking out and scratching or cutting me.

I refuse to hand wash my bras. I have a wear once then wash policy for anything especially bras.. but have a front loading washer which I was told is more gentle on my clothes ( this may be BS as the person selling the machine expressed this).

So here is the problem when the underwire in the bra breaks or the metal starts poking through the side is the bra a lost cause or has anyone created a way to fix this issue? I spend a lot on bras over the years and have some really nice ones that I have had one cup that has had the underwire break. Has anyone one figured out how to fix this situation?

Please note comments like " I don't wash my bras every day", " I hand wash my bras", "I don't wear an underwire bra" or "I don't wear a bra at all" are really not helpful in addressing the question ... so no need to share these comments as I am not looking to change my habits, but save some pretty underwire bras from the dumpster.

Thanks in advance for helping to save pretty underwire bras everywhere !
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:01 PM
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Are your underwires poking through the outside edge of the bra? Once I sewed the edge several times with some dental floss.

It's pretty strong and the wire stayed put!

If the underwire snaps in half and you require an underwire - save a wire from your old bras, insert and sew it in.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:19 PM
 
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You have to wash them in a special thing. It's like those net bags, but it has plastic supports so it keeps its shape.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ASIX8I...a-273839579491

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sto...FZCKswodZ3YPuA
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Just FYI ... I would definitely try to at least sew/secure the underwire back in the bra because an underwire can get lodged in the motor of the washer and ruin it.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:24 PM
 
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One thing that will help is to use a lingerie bag. Clasp your bras and put them in the bag and zip it up. They'll take much less abuse in the washing machine that way.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Hey ladies. I got some on going Bra drama I need to advise on. Today while at work all of a sudden I heard an dreadful little snap nose and there it went.... another bra bit the dust! The underwire in one cup of the bra snapped .. which pretty much means that soon the wire would be poking out and scratching or cutting me.

I refuse to hand wash my bras. I have a wear once then wash policy for anything especially bras.. but have a front loading washer which I was told is more gentle on my clothes ( this may be BS as the person selling the machine expressed this).

So here is the problem when the underwire in the bra breaks or the metal starts poking through the side is the bra a lost cause or has anyone created a way to fix this issue? I spend a lot on bras over the years and have some really nice ones that I have had one cup that has had the underwire break. Has anyone one figured out how to fix this situation?

Please note comments like " I don't wash my bras every day", " I hand wash my bras", "I don't wear an underwire bra" or "I don't wear a bra at all" are really not helpful in addressing the question ... so no need to share these comments as I am not looking to change my habits, but save some pretty underwire bras from the dumpster.

Thanks in advance for helping to save pretty underwire bras everywhere !
I wear underwire bras, and I have for many years. I know that underwires poke through eventually, but I don't have that problem until I've worn the bra for more than two or more years. I have tried to fix this, but I can't. If you are having continual problems with this, I do have a few thoughts though.

Buy a slightly better quality bra. I know bras have gotten horribly expensive, but I think more expensive bras wear better.

When you wash your bras in the machine, as I do, air dry them on a hanger overnight.

Own and wear at least 3-4 bras instead of wearing only one every day.

Consider whether your bras are a size too small either in the cups or band.

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If you are doing these things already, then I respectfully suggest you wash your bras after two or three wearings.

You can pull the wire out, and wear it as a non underwire bra. I wouldn't do that, but I don't know why it could not be done.
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:48 PM
 
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I have never tried it, but I've seen on Pinterest that an easy fix for underwires poking out is to repair it with moleskin.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:42 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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You can pull the wire out, and wear it as a non underwire bra. I wouldn't do that, but I don't know why it could not be done.
Been there, done that. Works in a pinch, but the fit and more importantly the 'lift' is just not there, it's not as figure flattering for fuller figures.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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One thing that will help is to use a lingerie bag. Clasp your bras and put them in the bag and zip it up. They'll take much less abuse in the washing machine that way.
Agree about the bag. I alternate hand washing and the bag. And do not put the bras in the dryer. Air dry! Unlined ones dry fast.

Some brands will give you a replacement wire if you don't mind opening and rest itching the bra.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Deep 13
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I always preferred front loading washing machines because I thought they were more harsh on clothes: rolling around and crashing into each other.

Wife buys Lane Bryant bras, washes them in the front loader, then hangs them on a rack to dry.
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