I used to be the costume mistress for a local children's theater group. I cannot make clothes, but I possessed enough rudimentary sewing skills to rework, refashion and alter items to make them into some pretty fabulous pieces for the shows.
Unfortunately, kids are not careful and small tears happened all the time. Trim fell off during dress rehearsals and basted seams got stepped on and torn. During tech week, I was sewing nonstop, because it was next to impossible to find someone, anyone who felt comfortable enough with a needle and thread to help out and repair their own kid's mess.
With this in mind, last night when I sat down to repair my daughter's sweater (a kid, not careful), I decided to document the steps in case someone could use the tutorial. Again, it is super basic and pretty self explanatory, but if you are terrified of the word sewing, maybe this will take a bit of the fright out of it. Maybe.
There's an obvious tear in the sleeve. Not good because it's torn, but good, because it's on the seam. Now I have no idea how to repair this with yarn. So I opted for a needle and thread. It is a tight enough weave that you will never see it.
I matched the thread with some I had on hand. Do you see the size of that spool? Yeah, it was included in some tiny pack that I picked up years ago, proof that I am not an expert. This is what they give you in the complimentary hotel pack. No self respecting seamstress would work with this stuff.
You can bet the thread isn't a great quality, but it's free and it matches and if my growing, fickle teenage daughter gets one more season out of it, I'm good.
Next, I threaded a fat needle with two strands and then I doubled them. I knotted the bottom with a pretty big loop. I essentially used four strands. I needed a thicker weight to hold the heavy yarn together.
Now, I was ready to go and I just stitched the sleeve up. A basic stitch, up and down, moving along the tear from one opening to the other working on the inside of the cuff.
As I moved along, every few stitches or so, I flipped to the right side of the sleeved and I used the back of the needle to tuck in any stray pieces of torn yarn. I wanted to make sure they were in the right place to get caught by my stitches. When the hole was closed, I just knotted the thread and cut it.
That's it. That was the whole repair. It took me about ten minutes to complete. The repair is not noticeable at all and if it were, I could cut it away and start over. No harm, no foul.
See. Not scary at all.
Well, until I find it on the floor in the laundry pile tomorrow morning after it wasn't even worn. Then I may get scary!
Do you sew?
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