Learn How to Mend Your Clothing - DIY and Save Money!

DIY Replace Zippers, Fix Ripped Seams and more

Mending your clothing does not have to be a huge project. You can learn simple mending techniques. Our clothing costs too much to throw it away when we rip a seam or break a zipper. Learn how to mend seams, replace zippers and more by following these links to the repair information you need to mend your clothing.

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    Replace a Broken Jeans Zipper
    Replace a Broken Jeans Zipper. Debbie Colgrove

    You broke the zipper in your favorite pair of jeans... your options... close them with safety pins or replace the zipper. Replacing the zipper may take more time than safety pins but a replace zipper will look a LOT better! Learn how to replace a jeans zipper and restore your favorite jeans.

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    Hand Sewing Part of a Seam -- How to Mend a Pressed Open Seam

    Mending a Pressed Open Seam
    Mending a Pressed Open Seam. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Your goal when you mend a seam is to restore it to its original condition. This information will guide you through how to mend a seam that is pressed open when it is intact.

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    Hem your own jeans
    Hemming Jeans. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Jeans have a visible hem which can be reproduced at home so that your jeans are the length you want not what is available at the store! These steps will guide you through everything you need to know to make the process simple!

     

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    Step by step directions to attach the belt loop and repair the hole.
    How to Repair a Belt Loop on Jeans. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Belt loops rip off jeans because they are tugged on or because too much is hung on them and they usually leave behind a tattered hole in the fabric. These directions will show you how to repair the hole and reattach the belt loop so it is as good as now... maybe even better than new.

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    When you want to make a garment longer, many times you are going to find a faded wear line where the original hem was folded up. There are ways to work with that wear line and still lengthen the garment. You'll find multiple ideas here.

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    Patch a tear or rip using a fused patch
    Patch a tear or rip using a fused patch. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    You can mend without a sewing machine and without hand sewing. a Tear in the middle of fabric can be repaired if it is caught before it is washed. Learn how to mend torn fabric here.

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    Stitch Witchery by Dritz
    Stitch Witchery by Dritz. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    What is fusible web? Learn how this option can save you time to mend almost anything... seams and hems are the first things to jump to mind when using fusible web to mend clothing. You don't need a sewing machine or a needle and thread when you mend with fusible web. You just need to know how they work.

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    Create A Sewing Kit
    Create A Sewing Kit. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A basic sewing kit will have almost everything you need to mend your clothing. Learn what basic sewing supplies are in a basic sewing kit and you'll be ready to mend almost anything.

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    Replaced Cuffs and Patched Elbows
    Replaced Cuffs and Patched Elbows. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A good shirt can cost over a hundred dollars. Don't throw it away when only parts of the shirt are worn out. Learn how to replace cuffs and repair worn elbows here.

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    Hand Sewing Needles
    Hand Sewing Needles. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    You can mend even if you don't have a sewing machine. Learn to hand sew with the information provided in this article.

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    An Assortment of Flat Buttons
    An Assortment of Flat Buttons. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Your sewing machine may be able to sew on flat buttons but hand sewing is usually the quickest method for one or two buttons.

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    An Assortment of Shank Buttons
    An Assortment of Shank Buttons. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A shank button is going to be hand sewn... there is no getting around it. Learn how to make sure the button stays on the garment.

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    Sewing Hems

    Choosing Hem Length
    Choosing Hem Length. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    If we were all the same height and build all clothes off the rack would fit properly.Since we are all different, we usually need to hem clothes. Learn how and find all the information you need here.