Simple hand repair to a seam or hem
Use a ‘tailor’s measure’ of thread (this is a length of thread from shoulder to hand)
Either knot at the end to prevent the thread coming through all the layers or bring the needle through the layers of fabric, repeat then put the needle through the loop you have created. This will secure or ‘anchor’ the thread.
For a rip we suggest back stitching (a stronger stitch used for sewing or mending seams or hemming) the opening then whip stitching the edge to finish it off.
- Turn garment inside out, so the seam allowance and mend is visible.
- Measure thread, thread needle (single thread with knot at the bottom) or anchor the stitch on the garment.
- Get rid of any loose threads. Start on the good stitching before the hole. Anchor the thread, overstitch a couple of times to secure. Keep your needle on top of the fabric, this makes it easier. Use the puncture holes form the previous stitching if possible.
- Working from right to left, push the needle thorough all fabric layers to anchor the stitch on the wrong side of the fabric. Then move your needle over 5mm to the right of the anchoring point and push the needle through the layers and back up to where the end of the stitch is, pulling the thread taut.
- One side will have threads overlapping and one side will be a line of small dashes.
- Repeat all the way until you have sewn up the hole.
- Finish on the good stitching and anchor off the thread in the same way as you began. Cut the thread and hey presto! Your garment is ready to wear again.
- Anchor the stitch on the good stitching. Bring the thread over the raw edges and push the needle from the back to the front at an angle. Repeat all along the frayed edge. Finish on the good stitching and anchor the thread off to secure.