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Learn to Mend Your Clothing

Replace Zippers, Fix Ripped Seams and more

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Mending your clothing does not have to be a huge project. You can learn simple mending techniques. Our clothing costs too much to throw it away when we rip a seam or break a zipper. Learn how to mend seams, zippers and more by following these links to the repair information you need to mend your clothing.

1. Replace a Broken Jeans Zipper

Replace a Broken Jeans Zipper
Debbie Colgrove
You broke the zipper in your favorite pair of jeans... your options... close them with safety pins or replace the zipper. Replacing the zipper may take more time than safety pins but a replace zipper will look a LOT better! Learn how to replace a jeans zipper and restore your favorite jeans.

2. Hand Sewing Part of a Seam -- How to Mend a Pressed Open Seam

Mending a Pressed Open Seam
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Your goal when you mend a seam is to restore it to its original condition. This information will guide you through how to mend a seam that is pressed open when it is in tact.

3. Hide a Faded Wear Line in Clothing When You Let the Hem Down

When you want to make a garment longer, many times you are going to find a faded wear line where the original hem was folded up. There are ways to work with that wear line and still lengthen the garment. You'll find multiple ideas here.

4. No Sew Sewing - Mending a Fabric Tear with Fusible Web

Patch a tear or rip using a fused patch
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
You can mend without a sewing machine and without hand sewing. a Tear in the middle of fabric can be repaired if it is caught before it is washed. Learn how to mend torn fabric here.

5. No Sew Sewing - Fusible Options to Join Fabric

Stitch Witchery by Dritz
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
What is fusible web? Learn how this option can save you time to mend almost anything... seams and hems are the first things to jump to mind when using fusible web to mend clothing. You don't need a sewing machine or a needle and thread when you mend with fusible web. You just need to know how they work.

6. How to Create a Basic Sewing Kit ...

Create A Sewing Kit
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
A basic sewing sewing kit will have almost everything you need to mend your clothing. Learn what basic sewing supplies are in a basic sewing kit and you'll be ready to mend almost anything.

7. How to Mend Worn Out Cuffs and Elbows on a Shirt

Replaced Cuffs and Patched Elbows
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
A good shirt can cost over a hundred dollars. Don't throw it away when only parts of the shirt are worn out. Learn how to replace cuffs and repair worn elbows here.

8. Hand Sewing - Stitches and How Tos

Hand Sewing Needles
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
You can mend even if you don't have a sewing machine. Learn to hand sew with the information provided in this article.

9. How To Sew on a Flat Button

An Assortment of Flat Buttons
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Your sewing machine may be able to sew on flat buttons but hand sewing is usually the quickest method for one or two buttons.

10. How to Sew on a Shank Button

An Assortment of Shank Buttons
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
A shank button is going to be hand sewn... there is no getting around it. Learn how to make sure the button stays on the garment.

11. Sewing Hems

Choosing Hem Length
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
If we were all the same height and build all clothes off the rack would fit properly.Since we are all different, we usually need to hem clothes. Learn how and find all the information you need here.

12. How to Repair Ripped Fabric and a Torn Belt Loop on Jeans

Step by step directions to attach the belt loop and repair the hole.
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

Belt loops rip off jeans because they are tugged on or because to much is hung on them and they usually leave behind a tattered hole in the fabric. These directions will show you how to repair the hole and reattach the belt loop so it is as good as now... maybe even better than new.

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