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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE SHATNEZ IN THE COLLAR

 The most common place that we find Shatnez is in the collar of menís jackets and coats.

 This occurs when a linen canvas (a stiffener) is sewn into the collar area to help keep the shape of the collar. This is common practice in better menís suits and coats.

 Two things must be done in order to make the garment kosher.

 FIRST:  The linen piece of canvas must be removed. This should be done only by a trained shatnez tester and not by a tailor, the tester will see to it that no linen thread is left behind. One linen thread in a wool jacket will render the entire jacket Shatnez.

 SECOND: After the linen has been properly removed, any tailor can give it back itsí original look. The normal procedure is to replace the discarded linen canvas with a non- Shatnez canvas. You must make sure that the linen is not put back again and that the tailor does not sew with any linen thread.

The Shatnez Lab can provide you with a Non-Shatnez kosher canvas.

NOTE: In some brands a linen webbing is embedded in the felt of the undercollar area. In such case the entire felt undercollar must be replaced with a new piece of kosher felt. This is typical for most of the jackets made by Hugo Boss. The Shatnez Lab will provide you with a new kosher felt.

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