I know mending isn't hip or cool. But it's still practical, and sometimes necessary. I'm lucky I have some of the know-how to look at a garment, or a pillow, or a curtain, or a pair of jeans, and feel sort of positive about what to do with it! Some people hate the mending, but I think it's fun to turn that frown upside down, and salvage something! I have to say, I think I got pretty good at mending jeans. The kids gave me all the practice I needed, and I found out what worked and what didn't.
Sometimes, it's brand new stuff that needs some kind of alteration. This example is a simple sleeveless white knit top that I found on the markdown rack at the Marshall's discount store. I really liked the fit and shape of the shirt, but right away I noticed a problem with the armholes. The little serged edge that is turned over to the inside would roll out and show. Still in the dressing room, I thought to myself, "Self, can you tolerate having that rolled edge on your mind and still enjoy wearing this?" The answer was NO! After studying it awhile in the dressing room, I thought I would give it a go. Plus, it was on clearance.
This picture shows the problem with the rolled edge.
This is the neckline edge, and it has a little row of topstitching along the edge which is just what the sleeve needed. Why didn't they finish the job?!
So I finished the job with a little bit of careful stitching and matching thread. And I used the #5 foot on my Bernina and it worked like a charm to keep the stitching straight and neat.
And now I can wear my new shirt without a second thought about those armhole edges rolling!
I think my can-do-mending attitude rubbed off on Dan. He has one of my old machines, and can mend his own jeans, tailor his shirts to fit, and a few other things. I bet Brita would mend, too, if those little boys ever gave her a moment to do it! On my next visit, I'll see if there's anything I can mend for her if I can borrow a machine!