Hand Mending Made Easy: Save Time and Money Repairing Your Own Clothes / Edition 1

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Twelve easy, well-illustrated lessons demonstrate how to mend clothes in the comfort of one’s home. Chapters include basics from threading a needle and sewing on buttons to repairing seams and fixing seams and buttonholes, ironing techniques and repairing broken zippers, all done without a sewing machine. The easy to read, step-by-step language allows anyone to sew ripped hems, replace missing buttons,  fix sweater snags and so much more, replacing unwearable garments back into their wardrobe. Proving that mending is an easy, money and time saving skill that anyone—men, women, children—can do, this reference is an essential resource for any household.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935278743
  • Publisher: Palmer-Pletsch Associates
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 896,466
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan L. Ides comes from family of sewers and teaches hand mending for several community groups in the Philadelphia area. She lives in Philadelphia. Visit her online at www.handmending.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Supplies for Hand Mending     6
Definitions     10
How Much Money Can You Really Save?     11
Getting Started: Threading a Needle     12
Knotting the Thread     16
Stitching Basics     18
Closares/Fasteners     20
Hooks and eyes
Hemming     35
Extra-wide/narrow hems
Linings Leather pants, skirts, or jackets Fused hems
Emergency hem fixing
Fixing Ripped Seams & Holes     45
Ripped seams (including a crotch seam)
Fixing Pockets & Linings     50
Replacing Elastic     52
Patches     54
Fixing Snags in Sweaters     58
Ironing & Pressing Tips     60
Easy Sewing Fashion Tips     65
Some Final Encouragement and Extra Little Hints to Help You Along     69
When Not to Try to Fix Your Garment     72
Index     74
The Basic Hand Stitches     75
Sewing Products from the Publisher     78
About the Author     80
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