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Old 04-01-2016, 03:33 PM
 
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I have a black leather handbag that I haven't used in a couple of years. It is in great condition and I was looking forward to start using it again. Unfortunately, while it was stored away, a crease formed near the bottom front. I've tried wetting it, and then letting it dry with a big towel stuffed inside to push out the creased area. But the crease is still there after doing this twice.

Do you have any recommendations on how to remove the crease?

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Old 04-01-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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I have a black leather handbag that I haven't used in a couple of years. It is in great condition and I was looking forward to start using it again. Unfortunately, while it was stored away, a crease formed near the bottom front. I've tried wetting it, and then letting it dry with a big towel stuffed inside to push out the creased area. But the crease is still there after doing this twice.

Do you have any recommendations on how to remove the crease?
Soft leather? Saffiano leather? Patent leather?

Leather conditioner may help, but if it is a stiff leather you are most likely stuck.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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It's refined pebble leather. So it's not stiff.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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I spoke to someone at a shop that repairs leather goods, and they were telling me to expect to pay $200-250 at least to correct the crease.

This is ridiculous.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:43 PM
 
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Try it again, but this time hit it with your hair dryer on hot.

If you live anywhere near a cowboy hat maker or store that sells them or an old fashioned haberdashery ...they will have a steamer they use to shape felt hats with. They could fix it in a about 10 minutes.

A steamer like that will work better than a hand held clothing steamer, but steamer--& or hot air on moist leather should take crease out (or put one in).
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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Try it again, but this time hit it with your hair dryer on hot.

If you live anywhere near a cowboy hat maker or store that sells them or an old fashioned haberdashery ...they will have a steamer they use to shape felt hats with. They could fix it in a about 10 minutes.

A steamer like that will work better than a hand held clothing steamer, but steamer--& or hot air on moist leather should take crease out (or put one in).
Okay, will do. I'll let you know what happens.

Unfortunately, no cowboy hat maker or haberdashery near me.
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:25 AM
 
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Try rubbing Vaseline or Bag Balm (found at Walgreens), into the crease, then stuff well overnight. Then use hot air dryer.


If all else fails, wear it backwards
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:27 AM
 
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I have a black leather handbag that I haven't used in a couple of years. It is in great condition and I was looking forward to start using it again. Unfortunately, while it was stored away, a crease formed near the bottom front. I've tried wetting it, and then letting it dry with a big towel stuffed inside to push out the creased area. But the crease is still there after doing this twice.

Do you have any recommendations on how to remove the crease?


Perhaps try loading it up with some cans of beans or soup, then hang for a few days, that might relax it out.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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So I dampened the leather and passed a hot blow dryer over the area for a long time, gently pushing at the crease from the inside. No change.

Does it really have to cost around $250 to fix this? For that kind of money I could buy a new bag.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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Perhaps try loading it up with some cans of beans or soup, then hang for a few days, that might relax it out.
I guess I'll try that next.
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