Tips for Mending Your Clothes

When you have some clothes that need mending the job is not a hard one and you can do it yourself. Some of the things you will need are a nice selection of needles, different coloured threads, scissors for sewing, pins, a pin cushion, and a tape measure. You should have other materials and accessories and if you need to replace something you can do so. Some of these things can include buttons and zippers.

When you have some clothes that need mending and you want to do it yourself here are some easy tips to follow:

1. Check out the garment you are looking to mend and see how to best match things such as the stitch pattern, thread, and buttons. Make sure you can match these things before starting by already having what you need to mend the garment.

2. You want to get good at threading the needle to do the job faster. An easy way to do this is to make the end of the thread stiffer by moistening the end of it after a clean cut. Then roll it back and forth using your thumb and your forefinger. What this will do is make it much easier to get that pesky thread end into the needle’s eye.

3. You have to know the difference between buttons that you will sew through and ones that are shank buttons.

4. You will have to match the stitches to the design of the stitches on the other buttons. You want the garment to look as good as new and it will look a little off if the stitching on the buttons are not matched.

5. You should not sew the buttons on too tight, as you want to have the opportunity to overlap the layer of the garment that has the buttonholes. You also have to make sure that you wrap the thread around the shank in a tight manner. The shank has been made between the button and the fabric to not only keep it strong but tight as well making it look nice and sharp.

6. For every buttonhole stitch through them 3-8 times. The number of times that you stitch through the buttonholes will depend on how big the holes are, but the more you stitch through them to stronger the hold will be on the garment.

7. You should let the garment hang for about a day before you start to cut and hem it. This allows for the fabric to settle making it much easier to cut and hem.

• You want to make the straightest cuts possible and you can do this with some chalk. Draw on the garment with the chalk, which comes off easily with water, and by doing the hem job is much easier.

8. When you iron rather than sliding it back and forth on the ironing board lift it up and down on the garment, as this will not only keep the folds flat, but they will stay in place as well.

9. If there is any excess thread under the knots trim it away for a cleaner look.

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