Need to know how to repair a baseball glove? At some point, you're going to have to repair your beloved baseball glove, especially if you've had it a long time. A used baseball glove is like a fine wine, it just gets better with age. The number one, most common problem that occurs with old, worn out gloves? The laces will crack and eventually fall apart altogether. Occasionally, the padding gets worn out, or the lining inside the glove gets torn or ripped. But if your glove has those problems you may be better of taking it to a professional baseball glove mender or just going to buy a new one. This article will attempt to show you the steps involved in repairing your baseball glove.
To repair a baseball glove, you will need:
- Leather softener or glove oil
- Leather lacing
- A pointed tool, such as a leather awl
- To repair your baseball glove, first treat the new leather lacing. Use either a leather softener or a specially made glove oil before you start working. The leather softener or glove oil will make the new lacing easier to deal with.
- Get rid of the old lacing. You might have to use the scissors or your leather awl for this step. If you do have to dig to get the old lacing out, be very careful that you don't poke a hole in the body of the baseball glove.
- Closely study the lacing pattern. Some people prefer to memorize the pattern so they can re-lace the glove without having pieces of the old lace to deal with. Others will take out a small amount of the old lacing as they go along so they don't have to memorize the pattern.
- Tie a knot in one end of the new leather lacing. Pull the knot as tight as you can. It's very important to have a good, tight knot so that when you start re-lacing you don't accidentally pull the other end through the first hole on your baseball glove.
- Use the leather awl to push the lacing through the first hole in the pattern. Pull it all the way until the knot catches. Keep threading the lacing through, making sure you stay with the pattern.
- Pull the lacing tight. If the lacing isn't tight enough, the glove won't have the strength or ability to hold up under very much use. Just don't pull it so tight that the baseball glove begins to buckle.
Now that you know how to repair a baseball glove, you should be able to give your favorite glove an extended life.