- Pressing your seam can help it to look just as great as a new one, and can even conceal tiny mistakes in stitching. It takes just a few seconds and produces professional results. Before you press, make sure that the fabric is heat-friendly.
- Some fabrics are sensitive to heat. Read the label on your fabric for some clues. If you are concerned that it may melt, lay a towel over the fabric while you iron part of the seam to test. Do not test on part of the garment that will be visible while you’re wearing it.
- Remember those zigzagged or looped stitches that we talked about? These are the stitches that prevent the fabric from unraveling. If these are damaged, your seam is going to unravel over time and you’ll find yourself facing another repair. To replace, first remove all of the damaged stitching, and then replace with your best impression of a zigzag stitch. As long as you are overlapping the edge of the fabric with your zigzags, it will aid in preventing the fabric from unraveling.
- If video instructions are easier for you to follow, tune in to watch how to mend a ripped seam. This video also shows a no-sew solution to tears in places other than the seam.
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