Mending your own clothes is a skill that seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird..
Rather, we look like the dodo birds for throwing away otherwise perfectly good articles of clothing.
I have seen so many nice shirts tossed out for missing a couple of buttons and countless pairs of bluejeans make their way to the local Goodwill, just because they have a busted zipper.
Honestly I’m completely at fault in doing this myself…
It’s a shame to admit it but, I don’t wear expensive jeans and more often than not I will let a pair of jeans sit at the back of the closet and eventually throw them away, just because I couldn’t be bothered to fix them…
The more I think about it, the more it makes me sad and upset that that is the “normal way of thinking” replace something broken with something new instead of just spending the time to fix it…
Luckily I found this nifty article that shows exactly how to replace a broken zipper in Four easy steps… I never realized how simple it could be!
Take a look and see for yourself.
You will need:
- A pair of pliers
- Thick thread – This is thicker than regular sewing thread, often used for buttons.
First step: Remove the bumper.
Remove the metal bumper at the bottom of the zipper with a pair of pliers.
With a little bit of muscle, you can do it.
Zip the zipper all the way down to the bottom, stopping just below the last of the teeth.
Don’t pull it off completely.
Next Step: Arrange the teeth.
Using your fingers, rearrange the teeth of the zipper so that one side isn’t bunched up. Straighten them out. Slowly zip up the zipper halfway, paying careful attention to whether or not the teeth are not locking together.
Next Step: Once they are straight, let’s stitch it up.
Using a needle and thread, sew around the place where the metal stopper was. The idea is to replace it with thread. Sew around and around the bottom of the zipper until you have about six stitches in place. Use more stitches if you need to. Tie off in a knot on the backside of the zipper.
Next Step: zip it up.
Pull your zipper all the way to the top. It shouldn’t catch anymore. If you zipper gets misaligned again one day, just remove the stitching with a seam ripper (or any razor blade should work) and repeat this simple fix.
Now while knowing how to sew isn’t going to save you from things like hurricanes, riots, or terrorist attacks, it will help you get quite a bit more mileage out of your clothing.
This alone will save you a ton of money in the long run, and when TSHTF and the store’s aren’t open it will keep you fully clothed! I recommend keeping a sewing kit in the house or car at all times as well.
Now I just need to teach myself how to sew on a patch, and how to fix holes in the back pockets… that’s my biggest problem area. 🙂
What other skills like this, or even something as simple as how to properly sew a button, would you consider a “lost art?”
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