Mending Instructions

The basic mending videos of Repair What You Wear project are designed to show you how to thread a needle, secure your thread and get started.  The basic stitches are backstitch and herringbone, useful in most mends.  We’ve included buttons too. The first part of the video clearly shows a method, the second shows real clothing mend.  There are tips included along the way so worth watching all the way through. The other videos show real mends on different clothing. Select what you want to watch. 

Like any new skill, it may take you time to get good, but stick at it.  Good enough is enough. 

Basic Clothes Mending

     Threading a Needle

Threading a needle can be so irritating it puts you off mending. Try this method.

Threading a needle can be so irritating it puts you off mending. Try this method.

     Sewing on buttons, learning how

Watch this video to learn. Get more wear out of your shirts, trousers, coats and cardigan.

 

Mending a seam, learning Backstitch

Backstitch is the most useful stitch to learn as it can fix most splits.

Backstitch is the most useful stitch to learn as it can fix most splits.

    Backstitch, a real mend

Backstitch in action on a long mend, saved good garments.

Backstitch in action on a long mend, saved good garments.

    Mending a hem, learning Herringbone.

Herringbone stitch can look difficult but learn from these clear instructions.

Herringbone stitch can look difficult but learn from these clear instructions.

    Herringbone, a real mend

Herringbone in action for mending hems.

Herringbone in action for mending hems.

 Mending Jeans

    Mending tears in jeans

Follow this sewing tutorial to mend the CROTCH of worn-out JEANS. No sewing machine needed.

    Visible patches in Denim

You can use patching on any woven clothes and enjoy being a bit more expressive.

 Mending Knitwears

    Mending small holes in jumpers

Often caused by moths or a pulled thread.  Most holes can be closed and almost invisible.

    Mending knitwear collars

When the collar separates from the knitwear it can be fixed easily.

     Mending underarm holes in knitwear

Clever mending can make a garment wearable, even with larger holes.

    Mending holes in socks

Whip stitch holds fabric together without a heavy seam that rubs.

Mending Gatherings

Mending Difficult Seams

Gathering, a real mend

Gathering is simple to fix, watch and see.

    Ladder stitch, a real mend

Genuine drama where a jacket was saved! Watch and learn.