There is something about being touched with your roots in almost a lot thing you do and what other people call as, going old school. You know what they say, “there is no school like the old school”. Like driving old cars brings you back to the pre-world wars days when steel was abundant and it was called the golden age of cars. Also, like using your parents’ or grandparents’ sewing machine where the quality of said machines can still match the ones being produced today.
But in this article it is about going old school in mending your clothes without the help of modern machines. Because you will never really appreciate old ways of mending clothes until you see the finish product, the pride that goes into it knowing you haven’t used any modern machinery to fix your clothes. So if you have a bunch of shirts or dresses that needs fixing and don’t know what you need to have in your kit, here are some things you need.
Tailor’s chalk – of course you cannot draw something permanent on your fabric like patterns. You need this to basically transfer markings from a pattern on to your fabric. This item comes in different forms like pens, chalk triangles, pencils even with pens with vanishing ink.
Measuring gauge – A lot of sewers deem this very essential to sewing. Basically it is a small ruler that usually goes only to about 12 cm but also has a sliding marker. You go by setting the marker at a specific length and then just go and let it guide you just like in pinning hems and making sure you have them marked.
Pins – this, you have to have a lot of. Basically for pinning the pattern into your fabric and also for pinning bits and pieces of fabric together at seams when sewing. You will be surprised on how much pins you will be using when you are on a serious project so do not hesitate to buy a big box, you will not regret it. They come in flat heads, glass heads and round plastic heads. Go with glass heads or round plastic ones because they will be much easier to pull out when you are trying to remove them while you sew, which is helpful for beginners like you. Pins without heads will give you a hard time clawing them out.
Needles – obviously you will be needing these. Try to grab a combination of hand sewing and machine needles just in case. It is good to have spare needles because it is important you have spares all the time in case you break your needle during an important project.
Seam unpicker – you will be making mistakes, many of them! Especially now that you are new to this, and this tool will erase it for you.
Fabric shears – it is imperative that you have a dedicated pair of scissors around all the time. Normal scissors that you find around the house will sometimes give you a tough time cutting through different kinds of fabric cleanly. Using these scissors on fabric will most probably blunt your scissors when you are done.
So now you are armed and ready with all these tools, you are now set to take on that mending project you have at hand. Good luck and have fun repairing your clothes.