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Learn to Mend - NEW
It can save you money:
Frugal Living - Mending and Sewing Clothes
Patching torn clothes
Hand Sewn Patch
- This would work on other things beside jeans.
Patch - (This guy
cracks me up. Notice how he calls the thread "string" in one
place.) This might be a good video to show you sons before they
move out on their own. ;-) In some cases, when using an iron-on
patch, I have also taken it to the sewing machine and zigzagged over the
the area in order to tack down frayed edges and make a stronger mend.
Overcast method for mending a seam hole
- This lady can talk fast! You will need to pause it to follow the
Hand Sewing A Rip with A Blind Stitch Part 1 and
Sewing on buttons
Sewing On A
Standard Button - If you learn this method you will
have some stoutly sewed buttons. :-) It is a thorough method and
the extra room created by using the pins can be very helpful on some
types of clothing especially. However, when replacing a button on
a garment you may want to sew it on in the same basic method that the
other ones are sewn with so that it looks uniform. If they didn't
create a shank with thread you might not want to either. But, do
try not to sew it super tight as it can make it hard to fasten.
Match the pattern of the stitching as well, whether it be "Xs" or
straight up and down. Also, note that she used a contrasting
thread. You will want to match your thread to whatever color
thread the other buttons on your garment are sewn on with. At the
end I would prefer to knot it off in
addition with a real knot.
One lady I know likes to put a small dot of clear nail polish on the
back to really make the button secure of coming off due to knot slipage.
Sewing On A
Shank Button - By the same lady. One word of
additional advice here: Try not to pull the thread too tight so that you
don't get a pucker. This can happen sometimes.
Repairing A Hem
Blind Stitching A Hem By Hand - I suggest running the section of
thread between the stitches inside the folded edge of the fabric so that
you don't have all those longish section of thread exposed where they
can snag or catch on something and possibly break the thread or do
damage to the fabric. Also, I would caution the overly zealous to
not make the stitches in the front (or outside) of the skirt too, too
small in order to make them invisible. I have done this, and the
fibers in the material may break and damage your garment. If you
are sewing a long section (or an entire hem) and you use longer sections
of thread, you may want to tie off occasionally without cutting the
thread (keep on sewing), so that if the thread were to break in one spot
it a long section could not come undone.
Simple Fix for A Short Skirt or Dress
Do you have a skirt that is just a little too short? If it's suitable
to this remedy, try sewing ruffled or flat eyelet around the hem. Choose
eyelet that is long enough to lengthen the skirt to a decent length and that
doesn't have too many holes in it (lace would be counterproductive as it
will be transparent and not service to really lengthen the skirt).
I top stitch it when I do
this, but the main thing is to make sure that you pin it on so that the
edging or raw edge doesn't show. (If you are using flat eyelet, I would
suggest zigzagging the raw edge first to help keep it from unraveling. If
it is cut in a zigzag, you may want to trim it so that it is straight.)
Also, do not cut the end! I have found out from experience that it's
better to leave the extra eyelet on and sew toward it. This way, if /when
you get "extra" skirt hem starting to bunch up as you sew around, you will
have the extra eyelet you need to make up for it at the end. Work the extra skirt hem
down as you go. When you get to the end, the excess eyelet will be there to
keep you from running out before you can make a seam allowance.
Leave some unsown space at the beginning. When you get to the end, cut it
with enough excess to make the "seam." Fold this back and place the extra
from the beginning behind it so that you have a clean fold on the front.
Finish sewing it on making sure that your stitching overlaps where you
started enough to keep it from coming undone. Then, top stitch the seam in
the eyelet down from the hem to the edge. Back stitch at both ends. Trim
off excess seam allowance if desired or needed.
-- Mary Van