DIY Guide to Sewing Repairs

You don't have to start from scratch to save money by sewing. You can repair problems with store bought clothing and save a bundle. A word of warning though, you just may discover that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that has you changing your clothing and making them more comfortable and more up to date with today's fashion trends with simple tasks like changing the buttons and hemline.

  • 01 of 08

    Hem Skirts, Slacks, and Dresses

    Hem your own jeans

    Debbie Colgrove

    Changing hemlines are not just a fashion trend. Many times the length of the hem needs to be changed just so the garment looks better on you. Where the hem is on a skirt can make the difference in the leg looking like a shapely appendage or a tree trunk. The hem on a pair of pants can be a tripping hazard and can damage the bottom of the pants when they drag on the ground.

  • 02 of 08

    Attach or Moving Buttons

    Sewing on a Button

    Debbie Colgrove

    Sewing on a button can be a simple task if you don't panic at the thought. First, understand the type of button you need to sew. A flat button is just that, flat and the holes and sewing thread can be seen on the top of the button. A shank button has a loop on the back of the button so the thread is not seen on the top of the button. Shank buttons are most commonly found on heavy garments so the fabric will fit under the button.

    Many times moving the button a bit on a waistband can make a pair of pants a comfortable fit rather than a snug fit.

  • 03 of 08

    Tutorial for Replacing a Broken Zipper on Jeans

    Zipper on jeans
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    How many times have you found a perfect pair of jeans on clearance only to discover that the zipper was broken? Learning how to repair a broken zipper is crucial for do-it-yourself fixes and can save you a lot of money on constantly buying new jeans.

  • 04 of 08

    Repair Belt Loops

    Close-up of a belt loop on a pair of jeans
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    Everyone does it. They grab the belt loop on pants to pull the pants up, especially on a snug pair of jeans, until that belt loop rips off the pants and ends up being a hanging strip of fabric and a hole in the pants where the belt loop used to be attached. Learn how to repair the fabric and re-attach the belt loop so that pair of pants doesn't end up in the trash!

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  • 05 of 08

    Control Holes in Jeans

    Full Frame Shot Of Jeans
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    Jeans get worn and ripped. Learn how to turn those rips into a fashion detail and extend the life of jeans that would have ended up in the trash.

  • 06 of 08

    Mending Seams

    Extreme Close-up Of Red Stitching On Leather Bag
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    Seams are the main component of all clothing. They are straight, curved and have intersections. They are also prone to rip leaving you exposed in areas that shouldn't be exposed. Learn about seams and how to repair this major component of your clothing.

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    Fusible Options to Repair Clothing

    Stitch Witchery by Dritz

    Debbie Colgrove

    The word "sewing" can cause panic in many people, but there is a solution that doesn't require and needle and thread for many "sewing" tasks. Learn about the various forms fusible options can be found in to solve many sewing problems.

  • 08 of 08

    Put Together a Simple Sewing Kit

    A complete sewing kit
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    Not everyone has a sewing machine or wants to sew. Lend a helping hand by putting together a sewing kit that is perfect to meet their needs to mend clothing on the run, on vacation or away at school with the suggestions you'll find here.