Good morning Crafters! We are so excited to be the first stop for Martha Stewart’s Blog Tour today with a special article excerpt from Martha Stewart Living’s January issue on how to mend knits. Learn how to repair small holes in sweaters, fix a pulled thread, save a buttonhole, and lots more! Just download the article from the link below.
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Martha Stewart Living – January 2011
Silke Stoddard, Deputy Editor of Crafts at Martha Stewart Living also shares with us her list of must-have tools for mending.
- Snaps in various sizes – to replace fallen off snaps, or add to a part you’d like to stay close (like a too open top, or a wide collar)
- Thimble - for hand sewing through thick seams or heavy fabric
- Disappearing ink pen - to mark placement for buttons or seam allowance or a new hem line
- Hand sewing needles in various sizes, lengths and thicknesses - most small mending, such as torn hems, or lost buttons are sewn by hand, so having various sizes is very helpful
- Sewing thread - in various colors and weights, to match your clothing fabric in color and weight
- Pins – again various sizes and lengths, having different colored pin heads is helpful, safety pins are good for a quick fix, or to help pulling a drawstring back in
- Elastic – helpful to replace in kids clothes waistbands
- Stitch witch - an iron on way to fix a rip in a non woven
- Leftover fabric pieces - to use as patches to sew over holes
- Seam ripper – to remove old stitching, ripped pockets, etc.
- Tape measure / ruler - measure hems, lengths of ribbon, etc.
- Martha Stewart detail scissors – perfect pointy small scissors to clip threads or remove old buttons
- Iron – to iron out seams, crease hems, etc.