A stitch in time saves nine. Have you heard that old saying? Housewives of old knew that a little job grows bigger when neglected. Mending clothing is a time honored way of saving money on clothes. Torn jeans. Split seams. Missing buttons. Clothes that cannot be worn, but we don't want to discard. Why do we let them pile up wasting our precious real estate?
Often, our little mending projects pile up simply because we procrastinate. Instead of stitching up a tiny hole or tear, we wait until we have a full sized rip. We go without a favorite blouse, pair of slacks, or dress, sometimes for months, because of a lost or loose button.
Looking at the growing pile can be discouraging, so we just put it off for another day. In truth, most mending is rather simple. Most projects take only a few minutes if we catch the problem while it's small.
Here's how you can take control of your mending pile!
- First, gather everything you can find that needs mending. You can add to the pile as you find things in the laundry that require attention.
- Go through the items, and see if anything just needs to be thrown away. I once spent an hour on a rather difficult fix for my son's jeans. I was so proud of myself—until I found out he had outgrown them! If there's something beyond your skill level, consider whether you want to pay to have it mended. If not, toss it. Your pile may be a bit less daunting now!
- Next, make two piles. One pile is handwork. This would include buttons, small seams or rips, loose hems, anything you can do with a needle, thread, and a little time. The other pile is for machine work. This might include patching jeans or mending larger seams.
- Gather your supplies—a needle, some thread, and whatever mending supplies you might need together in a box or basket. Put it someplace handy.
- Utilize small snatches of time. Use your minutes. When you notice a missing button, it's easier to replace it right away if your supplies are handy. If you'd rather sit down and work on a pile of mending, put it all in a basket. I like to mend while listening to the Bible, a podcast, or watching a movie.
- The key is to mend regularly. Don't let the basket get full!
Let's take care of the little things before they become big things...good advice for mending...good advice for life.
Be blessed, snatch some quiet moments, and mend!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
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