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How To repair tears in pool table felt

Updated February 21, 2017

The felt on your pool table may become ripped if people use it inappropriately or if the end of the pool cue hits it too many times. A completely new felt can be difficult to install and may cost a lot of money. Performing a pool table repair requires some skill due to the slate underneath the felt. If the slate is damaged during the repair, the table may have a small dip, affecting the ball roll during play.

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  1. Thread the curved needle with the felt thread.

  2. Insert the curved needle into the felt about 2.5 cm (1 inch) away from the repair. Pull the needle under the felt and out towards the beginning of the tear, leaving 2.5 cm (1 inch) of thread remaining at the point where the needle was inserted.

  3. Bring the tip of the needle through the felt about 3 mm (1/8 inch) away from the edge of the tear on the right-hand side. Pull the thread taut and insert the needle again into the other edge of the tear about 3 mm (1/8 inch) away to start the stitch. Continue working your way up the tear in the same manner.

  4. Bring the needle under the felt at the end of the tear and bring the remaining thread up through the felt. Cut the thread away with your knife.

  5. Press the head of your hammer onto the seam to flatten the threads. Do not hit the threads since this may damage the slate underneath the felt. Test the flatness of the thread by rolling a ball over it. Flatten it more if necessary.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pool table repair kit
  • Knife
  • Hammer

About the Author

Cleveland Van Cecil
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