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Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning, and Stitching Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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Patch, hem, and darn new life into your torn and tired clothing. Kristin Roach's creative techniques, along with original mending ideas from guest crafters, will inspire you to adjust your hemlines, play with creative stitches, add pops of color with vintage buttons, apply boldly patterned patches, and so much more. Simple step-by-step instructions and basic sewing supplies are all you need to make your worn clothing better than ever. You'll love the fun and frugality of upcycling!
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But seriously, good stuff between the covers of this book. And a pretty good read in its own right. If you ever had a hole in the crotch of your favorite jeans and hated the idea of breaking in a new pair (we've all been there, amirite?), pick up a copy.
It's well thought out, and the instructions are clear enough for beginners. Even experienced sewers may find new things in this volume. There are instructions for doing mending that's meant not to be noticeable, but also ideas for turning your mending into a way to decorate your clothing and make it uniquely your own.
She starts by offering suggestions for when you should mend and when something should just become scrap fabric or rags. Then explains the basic tools you'll want in your mending kit. Then she gets into instruction.
A lot of the mending techniques she suggests are things that can be done by hand. As someone who likes sewing by hand in the evening while watching television with my family, I love her stitch suggestions and mending instructions for doing it by hand. She also talks about machine mending and hemming as well. She explains different stitches well.
The photographs for the mended projects show the new stitches in contrasting colors so it's easy to see how things are done.
The chapters are laid out by types of mending, patches, surface fixes (like snagged threads), seam fixes, straight hems, fixing waist bands of different types including the kind with sewn in place elastic, how to darn a patch and more intriguingly, how to crochet a patch for socks and other knits, fasteners and closures, zippers and the final chapter is decorative accents.Read more ›
Can't wait to get my own copy of 'Mend It Better' so I can start making notes of all the ideas it creates!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tips even for the experienced mender. Got some good ideas on improving my mending.Published 3 months ago by Ann M. Goff
I love this info packed book. Just the right size for referencing.Published 5 months ago by Cat Lover
I like the book so far, but I am having trouble visualizing how to do some of the stitches.Published 8 months ago by James R. Heath
Very handy book, even for experienced sewers. Clearly written, love the photographs. Cute ideasPublished 13 months ago by tokoyo
Book is a good example of the slow fashion movement, where clothing items are repaired by hand. Very good book full of basic information about patterns, sewing, and mending rather... Read morePublished 14 months ago by gina e gohlke
TERRIFIC little (size wise... a LOT of information in it..) book.. VERY informative. I really enjoy this. It is now permanently on my desk in my Sewing Studio!!Published 14 months ago by V. K. Kristoffersen
Very helpful for mending items you are not sure how to mend.Published 17 months ago by Deb, Inglewood, CA
A wonderful compendium of ideas and how-to for hand mending your clothes (and bags, etc). I found many practical ideas contained. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Tucker