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Old 10-26-2017, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default Repairing torn fabric seams

If the fabric is ripped it can be hard to repair without making the garment smaller. If there is a bit of slack though, you can use this in the repair: just match the edge of the rip with the opposite seam and sew a few millimeters away from the raw edge. If not,mend the hole first.

If you are sewing by hand, then the best hand stitch is the backstitch. Using a double thread (this means the two ends of the thread are knotted together) sew one stitch. Bring the needle up again as if you are about to sew another stitch (5mm in front of the previous stitch), but take the needle back to meet the end of the previous stitch and repeat.
Again, if the fabric is frayed less than 5mm beyond the seam allowance, pin the frayed fabric over the seam line then start stitching further back, gradually sewing over the stable fabric before joining the original seam line.


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