I used to think mending clothes would take too long, so I’d rely on safety pins. The button fell off my pants? No problem, a safety pin will help me get dressed and out the door fast.
But the problem with safety pins is they’re a gateway. Eventually you need a safety pin but can’t find one, and then you’re looking to office supplies to get your fix.
Scotch tape holds up your pants hem, but only for an hour or so. Later people will look down and see your torn hem and long strips of tape sticking out around your ankles. (I know this first-hand.)
You’ll wonder if the stapler will work better and longer, and strategize how if you face the top of the staple to the inside of your clothes, then it won’t be so noticeable.
The binder clip can fasten your pants where the button used to be. Sit gently.
Then one day I decided to sit down and sew a button on. Properly, with a needle and thread.
It took me less than ten minutes!
A shirt I hadn’t been able to wear for five years took five minutes to fix!
Suddenly I was on a roll. Another pair of pants, fixed in ten minutes.
A small rip in a skirt, fixed in just a few.
Buttons were fastened back on, my clothes were better than ever, and I don’t think about safety pins much anymore.
Your Essential Sewing Supplies
A needle and thread fixes most issues, so don’t wait for the problem to get worse.
Start with thread in three basic colors: black, white, and beige will suit most clothes. Choose good-quality, all-purpose thread that doesn’t break easily.
Keep a button jar. Whenever your new garment comes with extra buttons, add them to the jar. Then you won’t have loose buttons in your drawers, medicine cabinets, and jewelry box.
You need some good little scissors.
One more tool is a handy seam ripper. Use it to take the tags off shirts if they stick up in the back. What you do is you poke the pointy end under the stitches so you can break the thread. Then you can pull the tag off without accidently cutting the fabric of the shirt.