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How To Mend A Torn Seam

How To Mend A Torn Seam

Mend a Torn Seam. Smarten up your wardrobe and save your favourite well-worn items with our quick guide to stitching up seams.

Step 1: You will need:

  • some thread the same colour as clothing
  • 1 mid-sized needle
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 thimble

Step 2: Locate the torn seam

Turn the clothing item inside out and pull gently at the seam to locate the hole

Step 3: Thread the needle

Use a mid sized needle, and a thread which matches the clothing

Cut a length of thread roughly as long as your arm. Wet one end of the thread to smooth the fibers together, push it through the hole at the top of the needle, and pull halfway through. Tie a small knot at the end of the thread

If you are sewing really tough material like denim, you can use a thimble to push the needle through without hurting your fingers.

Step 4: Stitch it up

Push the needle through the seam just below the tear, weave it through to the other side of the seam and back again. Gently pull the thread through, creating a running stitch. Continue this stitch along the length of the tear

Step 5: Over stitch

From the point where you finished your running stitch, insert the threaded needle into one side of the seam, and directly out the other side. Then pull the cotton over the top to repeat the stitch, entering from the same side as before. Continue back along the length of the tear. This secures the running stitches and prevents the seam from fraying.

Step 6: Cast off

Tie 2 or 3 simple knots at the end of the stitches. To finally secure it, sew several small stitches in the same place. Pull hard on the thread and snip it as close to the material as possible. Turn the item back around the right way and admire your handiwork. As good as new