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Hand Sewing Part of a Seam -- Mending Part of a Pressed Open Seam
Mending a  Pressed Open Seam

Mending a Pressed Open Seam

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
The goal in any mending job is to return the item to the condition it was in when it was new or at least return it to the condition it was in before it needed mending.
A pressed open seam is one that has two seam allowances that are each pressed flat it's own side of the seam.
  • Remove any loose threads or remaining pieces of thread before you begin mending.
  • Pin the seam being sure to keep the original seam as lined up as possible. (Pins are not shown in the photo for clarity purposes)
  • To start the needle is anchored as close to the seam as possible, in one layer of seam allowance, two to three stitches from the un-sewn or ripped area of seam. On lightweight fabric it is best to anchor the knot on the open part of the seam allowance.
  • The back stitch is then started where there is sewn seam to reinforce the end of the sewing and start the "mending".
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