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01-29-2009, 03:35 PM
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Removing Name From Jersey?

I was thinking of buying a jersey I saw on Ebay that has a name and number already sewn on. The number I want, the name I do not. The name is sewn on a "name plate". Is it possible to have that name plate removed and have a local place put a new one on with another name? Would it look "legit", as long as they found letters that matched the numbers? Anyone ever done this before?

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01-29-2009, 06:29 PM
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I was thinking of buying a jersey I saw on Ebay that has a name and number already sewn on. The number I want, the name I do not. The name is sewn on a "name plate". Is it possible to have that name plate removed and have a local place put a new one on with another name? Would it look "legit", as long as they found letters that matched the numbers? Anyone ever done this before?
Should be fine, especially since it's on a nameplate. If the jersey is white there might be a little glue residue left on the jersey when you take the nameplate off but you'll be able to cover that up with a new nameplate. Just use a seam ripper and be real careful. It's not that hard to do though.

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Should be fine, especially since it's on a nameplate. If the jersey is white there might be a little glue residue left on the jersey when you take the nameplate off but you'll be able to cover that up with a new nameplate. Just use a seam ripper and be real careful. It's not that hard to do though.
Cool, thanks!

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No problem! The fact that theres a nameplate makes the entire process much easier. I've taken names off jerseys with letters directly sewn and it was a pretty big hassle, though still easy to do. Just really tedious work. Hopefully yours comes out well!

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Pick up a stitch removal tool. Walmart or any place with a crafts section should have a sewing repair kit for pretty cheap. The tool allows you to lift and cut stitching from the top side of the stitch very easily. Once you do get some stitching released resist the urge to PULL the name plate to get the stitches to just break. You will end up ripping the jersey material. Lifting and gently pulling the plate to loosen the stitches to get at them to cut the thread isnt a problem.

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Pick up a stitch removal tool. Walmart or any place with a crafts section should have a sewing repair kit for pretty cheap. The tool allows you to lift and cut stitching from the top side of the stitch very easily. Once you do get some stitching released resist the urge to PULL the name plate to get the stitches to just break. You will end up ripping the jersey material. Lifting and gently pulling the plate to loosen the stitches to get at them to cut the thread isnt a problem.
Well, unless he is a good seamstress, I recommend he takes it to your local dry cleaners. They would be able to remove the plate for him without making a hole in it if he was to do it. Been there, done that.

Once the plate is off, ask them if they can sew on a new name plate. Normally I would recommend taking it to the local jersey place or silk screener. There, they can silk screen a name on a plate for you to add to the jersey.

Or, again, if you are really good at sewing, then go for it.

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If you take it off yourself and you there is residue left over you can use GooGone to remove it. It works on most materials I've seen without discoloring it at all. Just apply it to a rag or paper towel then wipe the area till it comes off.

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Hey guys, found this thread, and I want to ask a similar question.

I had a blank replica jersey customized at a hockey shop and I didn't realize it right away, but they messed up the shoulder numbers pretty bad It isn't even close to even.




As you can see, the numbers on the side are way off. If I had one side removed and lowered (it is all sewn), what can I expect of the finished product? Would it look really crappy where I had the number removed from? Or should I just leave it as is?

Thanks guys

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Theres no way of knowing until you actually take the numbers off. I'm guessing that jersey is fairly new obviously because it's RBK. There may not be all that much residue left over, most of the older jerseys people send me to strip are harder to do than newer ones but again theres no way of knowing until you actually do it.

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Actually, I got this done already. No glue, just stitches on the name plate. Came off easy...

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Hey guys, found this thread, and I want to ask a similar question.

I had a blank replica jersey customized at a hockey shop and I didn't realize it right away, but they messed up the shoulder numbers pretty bad It isn't even close to even.

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As you can see, the numbers on the side are way off. If I had one side removed and lowered (it is all sewn), what can I expect of the finished product? Would it look really crappy where I had the number removed from? Or should I just leave it as is?

Thanks guys
It's probably sewn and pressed. You could try, and use a goo gone type thing if there's residue, but I would advise against trying it yourself. I would try taking it back to the shop and asking if they can do anything about it. They're the ones responsible, they might be able to fix it for you.

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How difficult do you guys think it would be to remove the lettering from a jersey if the letters are sewn directly to the jersey?

I bought a Nigel Dawes from ProJerseys on eBay (fantastic people if you're looking for top notch jerseys by the way) and since he's moved on to Phoenix, I figure rather than have the thing gather dust, I can get Gaborik done on it.

The guys said they would do the name for me if I could get Dawes off. They are literally sewn right into the jersey.

Any tips/tricks? Is this worth my time?

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Hey guys, found this thread, and I want to ask a similar question.

I had a blank replica jersey customized at a hockey shop and I didn't realize it right away, but they messed up the shoulder numbers pretty bad It isn't even close to even.




As you can see, the numbers on the side are way off. If I had one side removed and lowered (it is all sewn), what can I expect of the finished product? Would it look really crappy where I had the number removed from? Or should I just leave it as is?

Thanks guys
Take it back and get it done right!
Why settle for something less than what you paid for!

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This question has come up in Sens land because many people are looking to remove HEATLEY from their jersey. I'm pretty sure all it takes is a bit of hard work and effort and the Heatley name will jump off the sweater and hide.

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This question has come up in Sens land because many people are looking to remove HEATLEY from their jersey. I'm pretty sure all it takes is a bit of hard work and effort and the Heatley name will jump off the sweater and hide.

Actually quite the opposite, there has been a surge on buying mannequins and Heatley jerseys to create voodoo dolls or Heatley Pinatas!


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How difficult do you guys think it would be to remove the lettering from a jersey if the letters are sewn directly to the jersey?

I bought a Nigel Dawes from ProJerseys on eBay (fantastic people if you're looking for top notch jerseys by the way) and since he's moved on to Phoenix, I figure rather than have the thing gather dust, I can get Gaborik done on it.

The guys said they would do the name for me if I could get Dawes off. They are literally sewn right into the jersey.

Any tips/tricks? Is this worth my time?
Not difficult at all, maybe time consuming, but not difficult. Just get a seam-ripper from CVS or Duane Reade for about $4 and some Goo-Gone for any residue.

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Not difficult at all, maybe time consuming, but not difficult. Just get a seam-ripper from CVS or Duane Reade for about $4 and some Goo-Gone for any residue.
Update: I've started taking off the stitching. I've gotten the D completely unstitched, but the letters are not only stitched to the jersey, but also glued.

Any idea how I can get the glue unglued and get the letters off?

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I have the same issue - got the sticking up with only one small snag, pulled the lettering off but there is still glue residue on the jersey itself. How do I clean that off? I tried a paper towel with goo be gone but it just made everything smell citrus'ey ...

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I have the same issue - got the sticking up with only one small snag, pulled the lettering off but there is still glue residue on the jersey itself. How do I clean that off? I tried a paper towel with goo be gone but it just made everything smell citrus'ey ...
GooGone will get it off, but yeah it smells like citrus. That's the CITRUS POWER!!

Wash it and it and let it hang dry.

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Well, it's not what goo gone is intended for. It's intended more for glue on the back of stickers and such, not set glue that's hardened. It might eventually get it off, but it's made for cleaning up after you peel a price tag off and similar things.

Just try and peel them off, let the glue residue be and have a nameplate made that will cover the old name and have them put the letters on that.

And for future reference: Everything on an NHL jersey that is attached is at least heat pressed. Some will be sewn in addition, but there is NOTHING that is sewn with no glue.

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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm trying to keep the cost as low as possible so I was just going to get a few new letters heat-pressed on once I got the old glue off ...

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Just noticed were talking about washing Jerseys. Can you was a red jersey in the washing machine? I'm worried I'll turn everything white on it pink.

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i'd probably wash it by itself the first couple times if it's new - just in case.

i have a couple old red jerseys, and i just toss them in the wash with everything else - no problems.

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