It is my belief that men and women alike should have some basic sewing skills. Everyone should be able to fix a hole, sew a patch, and even go so far as to hem their own pants. You don’t need a sewing machine and you don’t need any fancy equipment. You just need some needles and some thread.
I like to sew and my friends all know it. All through college they would come running to me whenever they got a hole or needed something hemmed. It always baffled me that nobody had a sewing kit and that they didn’t know how to fix a hole. Then I remember that they stopped offering Home Economics in a lot of schools.
The ability to fix your clothing is going to save you money and stress in the long run. I’m rough on my clothes so I get holes and tears a lot. If I didn’t know how to sew I would end up just replacing those things, or spending money to get them fixed. Once you realize that fixing your clothes isn’t that hard you’ll start to want to alter them. Hem those jeans that are a little too long, take in the sides of that shirt thats a little too baggy, add some darts to a shirt so it fits you better. Shopping at a thrift store is going to offer a whole world of opportunities for cheap.
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Buy a Sewing Kit
If you already have some sewing supplies or you’re looking to expand your sewing kit then I recommend the following:
- Some good sewing scissors
- Safety pins
- Those extra buttons you get when you buy new clothes (this way you can find them if you need them)
- Fabric Glue (sometimes it’s just easier to glue it, this can also help with fraying)
- A Seam Ripper (The first time you use one of these you’ll wonder why you didn’t have one all along)
- Pinking Shears (These cut your fabric in a zigzag pattern to keep them from fraying)
Learn Some Basic Sewing Techniques
- How to Thread a Needle and Knot it so it Doesn’t Pull Through Your Fabric
- How to sew a Straight Stitch (This is the one you’re going to use for fixing seams that have torn open)
- How to Tie a Knot to Finish Off Your Project
- How to Sew A Button
- How to Hem Pants
- How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem (This tutorial uses a sewing machine but the principle is the same)