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Clothing Care Tips: Our Guide to Making Simple Repairs

How to Fix Your Clothes and Make Them Last For Years to Come

Even the best-maintained clothes can get ripped and torn. But just because there’s a hole in your shirt doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. In fact, making simple repairs is a huge part of how you maintain a sustainable wardrobe — always find ways to make it last.

Keep reading to learn more about how to repair your clothes the right way. 

Common Tools and Tricks

You don’t need a large sewing kit or complex machine to fix your clothes. Just purchase a few sewing needles, some spools of thread, and a small pair of thread scissors from your local fabric or craft store. You could also purchase some sewing pins and a needle threader to make repairs a lot easier.

Always use at least one foot of thread, and remember to knot the ends before you start. Use smaller stitches since they’re stronger and can better resist tearing. While there are many different stitches that you could use, I recommend the simple running stitch — a series of short, even stitches that form a straight line.

Finally, knot the thread using your needle and carefully cut off the extra bit left over once you’re done.

Fixing a Torn Seam

One of the most common forms of clothing damage is also one of the easiest to fix. If your garment rips along the seam, start off by turning it inside out and pinning the tear shut. Then thread your needle and follow along the seam, removing the sewing pins as you stitch. 

Repairing a Hem

Here’s another easy fix that’s very similar to the seam-repair. When your hem comes undone, turn the garment inside out, fold and pin the hem in place, and do a simple running stitch along the original hemline. Just make sure to find a matching thread so it all blends together seamlessly.

Patching Up Holes

The back seams of the Amy Caplet in Powder Blue

The smaller the holes are, the easier making simple repairs will be. You can usually fix a tiny hole by ironing a piece of bonding web over it. But if it's too big, then get some matching — or closely matching — fabric to patch it up. If you purchased your garment from a boutique clothing designer, they often have extra scraps on hand that they can give you.

Reattaching Buttons

No matter where you shop, most clothes come with at least one extra button attached. And, along with the fabric scraps, boutique designers also have extra buttons on hand. If all else fails, then head to a craft or fabric store and find a set of buttons that match as closely as possible.

AYSHA NY Offers Custom Repairs

And remember, when you purchase from AYSHA NY, we can also fix your clothes for you. Maybe your Blousette’s zipper broke, or the embroidery on your Bird Bomber came undone. No matter what happens, take your garment to us right away and we’ll restore it back to like-new condition. Accidents happen, but that shouldn’t stop you from having the stylish and sustainable wardrobe of your dreams.

Contact us below for all of your clothing questions and concerns.

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