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You hardly need any sewing knowledge to spruce up your wardrobe, and you don’t even need a sewing machine. A needle and thread will take you a long way.
Here are nine examples of mending without a sewing machine:
- Buttons can get droopy over time; stitch them back on before they fall off
- Upgrade cheap, generic buttons. Take the garment with you to the sewing supply store so you can be sure you’re getting the right button size and color
- Hem your pants and skirts to a better length. Take your time and stitch with a bright color you can easily remove if you screw up big-time
- Have an annoying collar that flips up? Tack it down with a few hidden stitches
- Stitch down pocket flaps on the breast pockets you never use. Why? So they don’t get crumpled in the wash and need ironing
- If your pants have slit or flap pockets (not like the patch pockets on jeans), the pocket lining may crumple up and show through your pants. IF you don’t use those pockets, cut out the pocket lining and sew the slit/flap shut
- Add hooks and eyes above treacherous zippers that tend to come unzipped
- Is the zipper in your jeans broken beyond repair? Take the zipper out and replace it with giant snaps. Sew them carefully and they won’t show from the outside.
- Use a pair of small, sharp scissors to trim away loose threads, especially prevalent around buttons and buttonholes. I keep a spare pair of tiny scissors in my closet for this purpose
What easy repairs have I missed? What’s in your mending pile this month?