Have a sweater that's hanging on by a thread? Fix it fast, and add surprising style with a few simple techniques.
If you normally take your knits to a tailor to fix small holes or loose buttons, it's time to mend your ways. Making minor repairs to sweaters at home is easier than you might think and can save time as well as money. With some basic stitchery, you can darn a hole, replace a button, reinforce a buttonhole, or fix a pulled thread. While you're at it, you can give the clothes you live in a pop of personality.
Seeing daylight through your beloved sweater? Don't run and hide. Patch those holes with contrasting thread, and turn them into a statement. We guarantee you'll get compliments on your style, as well as on your skill with a needle.
Thread a needle with a 9-inch length of double-knotted thread. The stitch we use for this technique is similar to a blanket stitch, shown close-up. Just make the stitches right next to one another rather than spacing them out. With the outside of the garment facing you and the buttonhole positioned horizontally, pass the needle from the inside to the outside, just below the original stitching and about 1/8 inch below the slit. Pass the needle down through the slit and back up next to where you started, keeping the thread under the tip of the needle and holding it with your thumb as you pull the thread gently until it lies flat. Continue stitching until you reach the end of the buttonhole.
Locate the original placement of the button (you'll likely see the old threads sticking out). With a 9-inch length of double-knotted thread, pass a needle from inside to outside of fabric and through one hole in button. Hold button in place, and lay a toothpick across its center to create some space. Bring needle down, over toothpick and through second hole (if using a 4-hole button, continue back up and down through third and fourth holes). Repeat 4 to 6 times, ending with the needle and thread between the button and the fabric.
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