|My pretty couch before "the incident".|
So my husband comes into the kitchen last night and tells me that he ripped the sofa. Great.
"How?" I ask.
"I just leaned on it."
I feel like I'm questioning one of the kids.
"You just leaned on it?" Doesn't sound plausible. I lean on the sofa all the time.
My girlfriend is at the house. We don't say anything, we just look at each other and kind of laugh. I know that he puts his foot up on that sofa arm every single day when he plays his bass guitar. It was only a matter of time.
The silence is too much for him.
"What's the big deal? You can fix it. You'll get your little sewing kit out and make it all better and then put it up on your blog." Mmmhmm.
"You should be happy," he tells me, "I'm giving you editorial content."
Well, then thank you for the editorial content, honey. It's just what I need with a house full of hungry, moody teenagers, none of whom drive yet, during finals week ~ when there's no bus. Is he kidding me?
I was going to wait until the weekend to work on it, but you know what, that would just give him two more days to make that tear even bigger.
It's times like this that I am very, very happy I possess a few rudimentary sewing skills. I don't know if I did it the right way or the wrong way, but it's done.
I did it the Exquisitely Unremarkable way ~ fix it the fastest way you can, for the least amount of money.
I started by pushing the fabric from the back of the arm toward the front, a few times was all it took to give me a little stretch in the material. I needed a little more give to pull it closed. I chose the smallest needle I could find, as the fabric is very thin and apparently already very worn, if it will just burst open when somebody leans on it.
I tried to get the seam as close to the piping as I could to camouflage the repair.
It's not perfect by any means, but at least that hole is closed up and I don't have to buy a new couch.
If I was worried about doing this the right way or scared that I would make the tear worse, I never would've attempted the fix. I would've had to call in a pro, which would've been an expensive propostion.
I know that a lot of people are apprehensive when it comes to sewing, but I say try it.
Start with something small, something you don't really care about, and give it a shot. It's a very valuable skill to have even in this new millennium.
Buttons fall off, seams rip and apparently couches burst when leaned on, but when you can sew, none of these things are a big deal.
They're just editorial content.
Will you try a stitch or two?