Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sewing Isn't Just for a 50's House Wife

Recently, the commercial washing machines (along with the fact of being worn many times) at my school have torn some small holes in some of my old favorite pairs of jeggings. At first I thought that I would have to throw them away. However, with Christmas approaching I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars buying new jeans (I just got one new pair at work anyways). So I thought of a solution: stitching the holes back together. Since no fabric had been lost in the rip, it was an easy fix.

Here's how you can fix tears in your favorite clothes (basic fix):

Materials: Sewing needle, Thread close to the color of your fabric, Damaged clothing
Tip: You can buy small sewing kits at Walmart and similar stores for under $5

1. Turn your clothing item inside out, and lay it so that the clothing is flat and that both sides of the tear line up.
2. Thread your needle by sticking an end of thread through the hole at the top
3. Tie a small knot at the far end. Loop the end of the thread around the sharp end of the needle twice, pull it down past the eye of the needle, and a loop will form, tighten that into a knot.
4. Pinch the fabric on both sides of the tear together, and stick the needle through the fabric all of the way and back up.
5. Sew in a  zigzag shape pattern
6. When finished, tie another knot at the end!

See how much better it looks after the tear is stitched?

Please try it! I promise it's worth the money that you save... especially as a college student!

Breanna Banana


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