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Best wishes for a new wonderful sewing year 2010!

Posted By Lena Kantis On 18 January, 2010 @ 07:05 In Sewing | 1 Comment

I hope you have all had great holidays with your family, friends and some time for doing the things you love.

I have sewn some smaller things since last time. My mother in law loved the apron Johanna got for Christmas present so much so I had to sew one for her too. And when I finally got that done I made one for my husband as well. He got one with an embroidered text on it saying: “Kiss the Chef”.

I have also mended a pair of jeans. You know a pair that already had some holes in it. However the hole that I did mend was not meant to be. It was in an area where it gets worn out easily.

The mending and darning stitch is one of my favourite stitches on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machines! I know it sounds crazy but it is true! It is super good, because when you have sewn, you will hardly see where the hole was from the beginning. You only have to pick a thread in the exact matching colour as the fabric. I have mended lots of jeans and garments with it, especially when the kids used to play football and fell on their knees often!

Here is how you mend:

Add, on the wrong side of the fabric, an iron-on-stabiliser or cut a piece of denim big enough to cover the hole. (Pin the denim in place, if you choose to have denim behind the hole.)

Use the mending stitch and sew straight over, with the hole horizontally and the stitches vertically. Press the reverse button and finish darning. Press the Stop button to duplicate the process. Move the fabric and repeat until you have mended the hole.

Many of my friends find it very boring to mend, but I don’t think so, as it is such a great stitch, the result is beautiful and it is very quick.

Hint: I have seen this stitch used as a decoration on haute couture garments sewn with really colorful threads repeated all over the fabric. I like this idea!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com [1] (English only).

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