Torn fabric? You need these tips before repairing

Torn fabric

I obviously love the mending trend that’s on the rise right now as the world embraces the low waste movement. No matter what kind of torn fabric you’ve got on your hands — woven, knit, denim, lace, sheer — I have a tip you need to know before tackling the repair itself.

Torn woven fabric

  • If your fabric is light, choose white interfacing, and if it’s a dark colour, use black interfacing.
  • Use lightweight interfacing when repairing lightweight fabric (such as georgette) and medium-weight interfacing for medium-weight fabric (such as linen-blend).

Torn knit fabric

  • When sewing by hand or on a machine, always use a ballpoint needle, which is designed for sewing knits. It prevents you snagging the loops of the fabric.

Torn denim

  • You’ll likely be using a narrow to medium stitch width for this repair. But don’t get stitch width (how far your needle moves from side to side between stitches) confused with stitch length (how long each stitch is).

Torn lace

  • Take your torn lace to the store when searching for an applique lace that matches, since laces have very distinctive colors, patterns, and styles.

Torn sheer fabric

  • Be careful not to touch the torn area too much — this may cause the fabric to fray or possibly tear more.

These tips are from my book, Mend & Make Fabulous,which provides sewing solutions and fashionable fixes for common fabric and garment issues.

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