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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 14): Alterations Part 1

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! Alterations and mending are a huge part of sewing. Most people either hate it or love it – but regardless, if you drop the “S” word in public, people are going to ask you to fix their stuff. It’s just a fact of life, my friend.

Not only does knowing a bit about mending and making alterations put a smile on the face of your friends and family, put it also saves you a bit of money by extending the life of your clothing. It can also bring in some extra income.

Let’s start off by darning some ripped jeans and shortening some super long boy scout pants. I’ve tried to make the instructions as short, sweet, and straight to the point as possible. No fluffy extras, just straight to the point.

00:33 Darning Jeans
02:59 Shorten Pant Hem

21 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 14): Alterations Part 1”

  1. OK-dumb question on the darning. Did you put that leg into an arm of the machine? Otherwise you would have sewn the patch and both sides of the leg together.

  2. Mom just gifted me with a new basic Singer sewing machine for my art class; trouble is, neither me, nor my students know how to sew!! I teach GRAPHIC DESIGN, general arts, and a SCULPTURE class. . .. The students are all interested, (and me,too) but I’m too poor to take lessons .. . HELP!!

  3. Bought a serger from a friend. Was looking for help on using multithreaded. I have regular machine for years, but want this for knits. Was looking for instructions!

  4. This comes at the perfect time as I was just looking for advice regarding sewing a Halloween costume for my granddaughter.Hope to get some pointers. Thanks so much!

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