You don't have to start from scratch to save money by sewing! You can repair problems with store bought clothing and save a bundle. A word of warning though... you just may discover that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that has you changing your clothing and making them more comfortable and more up to date with today's fashion trends with simple simple tasks like changing the buttons and hemline.
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Hem Skirts, Slacks and Dresses
Changing hemlines are not just a fashion trend. Many times the length of the hem needs to be changed just so the garment looks better on you. Where the hem is on a skirt can make the difference in the leg looking like a shapely appendage or a tree trunk. The hem on a pair of pants can be a tripping hazard and can damage the bottom of the pants when they drag on the ground. So many reasons... it's time to learn all about hemming a garment!
- How To Hem Pants - Easy Hemming Tutorial
- How to Hem... Jeans and Casual Clothing
- How to Use a Sewing Machine Blind Hem Stitch
- How to Hand Sew a Slip Stitch
- How To Hem Pants and Jeans - Easy Hemming Tutorial and Video
- How to Ease in a Hem to Prevent Tucks and Gathers for a Flat Smooth Hem
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Attach or Moving Buttons
Sewing on a button can be a simple task if you don't panic at the thought. First understand the type of button you need to sew. A flat button is just that, flat and the holes and sewing thread can be seen on the top of the button. A shank button has a loop on the back of the button so the thread is not seen on the top of the button. Shank buttons are most commonly found on heavy garments so the fabric will fit under the button.
Many times moving the button a bit on a waistband can make a pair... of pants a comfortable fin rather than a snug fit.
- How to Sew on a Flat Button
- How to Sew on a Shank Button
- What is Button and Carpet Thread?
- Button Pins - A Quick Way to Attach Shank Buttons
- How to Make a Fabric Covered Button
- How to Sew a Button - Sew a Button Video
- Measuring Buttons for a Buttonhole
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How many times have you found a perfect pair of jeans on clearance only to discover that the zipper was broken? That didn't stop my daughter since she could get mom to make the repair.... and I shared the process so anyone can make the repair... including her the next time she finds a great bargain... or breaks the zipper herself.
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Repair Belt Loops
Everyone does it... they grab the belt loop on pants to pull the pants up... especially on snug jeans... until that belt loop rips off the pants and ends up being a hanging strip of fabric and a hole in the pants where the belt loop used to be attached. Learn how to repair the fabric and re-attach the belt loop so that pair of pants doesn't end up in the trash!Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Control Holes in Jeans
Jeans get worn and ripped... learn how to turn those rips into a fashion detail and extend the life of jeans that would have ended up in the trash.
- Sew Controlled Distressed Cuts in Jeans
- Patch Jeans - How to Patch and Repair Holes in Jeans Video
- How to Make Jeans Look Worn - DIY Fashion
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Seams are the main component of all clothing. They are straight, curved and have intersections. They are also prone to rip leaving you exposed in areas that shouldn't be exposed. Learn about seams and how to repair this major component of your clothing.
Hand Sewing Part of a Seam
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Fusible Options to Repair Clothing
The word "sewing" can cause panic in many people... there is a a solution that doesn't require and needle and thread for many "sewing" tasks. Learn about the various forms fusible options can be found in to solve many sewing problems.
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Mending a Tear in Clothing
Clothes get rips... it's going to happen. A rip that is not at the seam is the worst! Don't launder the garment until you repair the rip for the best results.
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- Mending a Fabric Tear with Fusible web
- Mend a Tear in Clothing
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Worn out Cuffs and Elbows on a Shirt
My grandfather lived to over 100 years old and taught me about being frugal. Even tough he could easily afford to replace worn out shirts he didn't want to. There were things he did not want to part with and asked me if there was a way to repair them. He loved his wool shirts and loved the repairs that I share here.
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Put Together a Simple Sewing Kit for On the Run Mending and Clothing Repairs
Not everyone has a sewing machine or wants to sew. Lend a helping hand by putting together a sewing kit that is perfect to meet their needs to mend clothing on the run, on vacation or away at school with the suggestions you'll find here.