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

written by Sarah

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

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Yvonne Tuttle February 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

Thank you. Your directions are clear and concise. I’ve subscribed and looking forward to seeing your other videos.

Sarah February 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Thank you for your kind words and for subscribing!

Susan Turner October 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

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.

Sarah October 24, 2017 at 6:46 am

Hi, Susan! I remove the storage unit so that the machine is a free arm machine. What is the make and model of your machine?

Mel March 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

More fantastic information. Thank you.

Carrie Cunningham February 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Hi Sarah! Another great video! Tacking the pocket closed made me laugh out loud!

Sarah February 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

LOL! That was a fun little prank hehehehe

sharon November 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

Very helpful sewing patches… thanks!

Sarah November 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

Our pleasure! Thank you for watching!

PeggySue November 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I love to watch great How-To-Do videos. Thank you so much for the great video. You are awesome.

Sarah November 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Thank you for your kind comments! It is my pleasure. I’m glad you enjoy them!!

Niles H Kelch November 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

My first time at this sight.. Learned a lot about fixing trousers and more. Love it!

Sarah November 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I love that you love it! Thanks for the great feedback!

Polina Zionts October 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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!!

Jeanne101 October 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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!

Sarah October 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

If you are looking for help threading a serger you can follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrqHC2CNjVI and view the tutorial on our YouTube page. If you need additional help please let me know!

Eleanor Haynes October 9, 2014 at 6:21 am

When did you make this video?
A very good job .

sewingpartsonline October 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

Thanks! We released this video a few weeks ago.

Eleanor Haynes October 9, 2014 at 6:18 am

I was surprised and happy to see this Sarah. I have a family full of Sarah’s and now one more? Thank you.

San Juanita Cantu October 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I loved it. I didn’t know that this website had sewing lessons. Can’t wait for the next one.
Thank you.

pat October 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

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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