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Video:Mend a Tear in Clothing

with JJ Burkart

There's no need to go to the tailor to mend a tear in clothing. Save some money and do it yourself instead! See how you can mend an "L" tear with iron-on mending tape, and also a tear along a seam.See Transcript

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Transcript:Mend a Tear in Clothing

Hi, I'm JJ Burkart for About.com Home. I am going to show you some simple ways to quickly mend holes in your clothing.

There are countless ways to snag and tear your clothing. I'll show you a quick fix solution.

Iron-On Mending Tape

You will need some iron-on mending tape like this. This can be found at most big-box department stores in the craft or sewing section. You will also need an iron.

Mend an L-Shaped Tear

The hardest tear to repair is an "L" tear because all of the edges are raw. Start by turning the item of clothing inside out. Lay it on an ironing board or on a towel on top of a hard, flat surface.

Iron the Tear

Heat iron to a medium setting. Place the tape over the tear with the shiny side to the fabric. Iron over several times and let it cool. Use caution with a hot iron and remember to unplug it when you are finished.

Mend a Tear on a Seam

For straight line tears or tears along a seam, you will want to use a needle and thread. Everything you need can be found in a travel size sewing kit like this one. These can be found at airports, department stores, and many convenience stores.

Choose an appropriate colored thread. Unwind about 2 feet.

Thread the Needle

Take the needle threader and pass the wire through the eye of the needle. Now take the thread and pass it through the opening in the threader wire, grasp the needle and pull the thread back through the wire

Tie a knot in one end of the string. Turn the item inside out and hold the two sides of the torn garment together. Sew about 1 quarter of an inch below the raw edges.

Sew a Running Stitch

Use a running stitch, meaning you weave in and out to the end of the tear. Use small stitches

Now sew back the opposite way. When you're done, tie off the thread and snip off the excess. If the tear is not on a seam the stitches may be visible. But, this repair may get you by in a pinch until you can have full access to your wardrobe again.

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