Mend It Monday #2

“If it’s not worth mending, it’s not worth buying” …

Overlocked

This week I have a couple of mends to share. The first is a very simple seam repair. I’ve had this vest top for about 30 years and this is the first mend that it has needed. I really like the fit and I’m thinking of using it as the basis for a pattern to make a couple more. Anyway, it’s fully functional once more.

Then we move on to something I rather enjoy mending, but don’t own myself: jeans. I love the fact that denim lends itself so well to boro mending, but I detest wearing jeans. Fortunately jeans are Mr Snail’s preferred leg-wear, so there are plenty to keep me going. He’s quite happy for the mending to be visible, so I chose a red thread for this mend:

I also noticed that the bottoms of the legs of this pair of jeans were fraying and one had a split, so some quick zigzagging on my sewing machine and a bit of overlocking, and they were tidy again.

So, have you mended anything this week? If you’ve written a post about mending recently, do share a link to it – I love to see how other people manage to extend the lives of the things they own.

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  1. Ann Pole

     /  February 24, 2020

    Arrows. I’m – OK, not mending but re-furbishing, some arrows. And that is only because it’s raining!

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  2. Ann Pole

     /  February 24, 2020

    I do need to mend some of Steves work trousers though. Been patching ‘down under’ for a while. I bought 1 new pair on Saturday, so I’ll now use one of the bad pair to repair the second. Now I have raw material, I’ll dismantle one and insert a new section.

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  3. God bless the overlocker I say.
    I have noticed a big, gaping hole in the knee of Mr. T’s ‘gardening’ jeans – so called because he forgets to change out of his good jeans when he goes out in the garden and they very quickly become yet more ‘gardening’ jeans. I have been thinking about trying a bit of boro on them but it will not be yet.

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    • I rather enjoy the hand stitching. To begin with I fretted about getting the stitches even, but now I don’t worry and just remember that I’m creating something unique.
      As for the overlocker – yes it is brilliant for strengthening and tidying up edges. Most of Mr Snail’s older jeans have overlocked leg-bottoms now.

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  4. I’d not heard the term ‘boro’ but have a pair of jeans which need a bit of such. I had been wondering how I bound preserve them for longer, as they are so comfortable – now I just need to source some material to do the job. Does this material need to be denim?

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  5. I hadn’t heard of boro either! Though I have done it sort of in the past using the machine to stitch too and fro. I usually have to do a great big patch to get to fabric strong enough or I just end up mending the mend! Actually most of my jeans go for scraps not because they they have holes in but because they are so stained or paint spattered!

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  6. I like what you’ve done here – I hope hubby does too. I would love to have a partner who would appreciate a fancy repair job on his clothes – unfortunately I just know he’d prefer them ‘plain’. Working on his colour choices – I made a bright blue hat once – but he sticks to an old black plain one!

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  7. I still have a sweater that awaits mending. Soon!

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  8. I mostly don’t worry, if I can get them together, I just roughly stitch them up – and yes they look like someone who had never welded a needle and thread…I actually realised a few months ago, it didn’t matter!
    BTW I don’t like wearing jeans either – in my 20s loved them, now….no.

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  9. Once I have washed a duvet cover I used last week for a grand child I need to replace one of the poppers.

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  10. I have mending, but it’s waiting at home for me! Two pairs of the Husband’s work pants have gone in the usual place and need patches from my stash of appropriate patch materials. I have the process down to a fine art, having mended so many tears in exactly the same place…. Perhaps I’ll join you for Mending Mondays when I return in mid March?

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    • I’d love you to join in. It was great to see a mend from Jill this week too. I think if we can show people that mending is just a ‘normal’ activity, it might become a bit more common. I’m also encouraging Mr Snail to post his mends – he repaired the storage heater in the living room this last weekend, but he doesn’t think it’s interesting enough to write about because it was simply a reset of the thermal cut-out… considering a new heater would have cost over £700 and calling out an electrician would have been at least £60, I think it’s a very interesting thing to share!

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      • Yes, definitely include Mr Snail’s fixes; some of them are extremely fun and idiosyncratic. I don’t think I’ll be able to show anything before I get back, having only scraps and grey thread with me, and nothing that needs mending (so far!), but you never know… I can definitely kick off with those work pants, which will probably become a regular feature!

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