A few days ago, I finally had a chance to pick up needle and thread to mend a couple of torn sweaters. I would like to say that when something is ripped or needs a few stitches, I take care of it immediately, but then I would be a liar. Truth be told, such pieces usually sit for a long time, before I find the motivation to patch them up. This time, motivation came in the form of a very persistent teenager.
Her sweater fix was easy, a torn sleeve cuff, ripped right across the seam, a convenient mishap.
My sweater had bigger problems and even for a relatively experienced seamstress, it presented quite a problem. I can knit in a rudimentary kind of way....like in a straight line. I can make scarves. I do not crochet. Frankly, even if I did know how to do these things, I am not certain they would be useful. This sweater was a mess.
The two rips on the back were easy fixes. The sweater is an open weave. I grabbed a large needle and a matching embroidery thread, because of its thickness and just started sewing the holes up. I was careful as I went along, trying to catch and secure any loosed ends.
The embroidery thread was a perfect substitute for yarn. It matched amazingly well and it was dirt cheap. It was also available at my local drug store. It met all of my criteria.
The finished product is not perfect, but certainly better than it was and honestly, you have to look really, really close to notice my stitches. Success. Now I could move on the the tear in the front.
This hole was more problematic. It is obviously not on a seam and it is not located in the more forgiving open weave area of the sweater. Plus, it is front and center. I really like this sweater, I literally wore it once and am not even sure how the damage was done and while it wasn't expensive (Marshall's), I wasn't ready to toss it.
So I stitched it up the best way I knew how. I had to close that hole, but leaving that giant Frankenstein scar was not acceptable. I had to get creative.
I wear a lot of brown...brown boots, brown belts, brown tees and sweaters. I decided to embellish the sweater with a bit of brown embroidery thread, knowing it would work with my wardrobe. I simply made a few thick X's over the seam to camouflage it.
They are not perfect, but they cover the seam and almost look like they were part of the original design.
When paired with jeans and brown accessories, I think it works! The holes have been mended and even if they were not done the right way, my creative fix sits well with me. It suits my style.
Not your style? That's perfectly fine! Try a patch, stitch up some other pretty pattern over your messy spot, add buttons, iron on some gems or add feathers. I mean I would not be adding feathers, but it's your sweater.
My point is, don't throw it away. Get creative! What have you got to lose?
Well, besides a big nasty hole.
Do you fix or toss?
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