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10 Clothing Fixes That Everyone Should Know


If you own any pieces of clothing, it wouldn't hurt to know how to fix them. Here are the top ten basic ways to fix your wardrobe against any tears, stains, or just a bad fit.

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1. How to Sew on a Button

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Come on. Just because the button fell off does not mean that your shirt is finished. It only takes a few minutes to sew a button back onto any garment. Get an easy tutorial from our Guide to Sewing. This is one you'll use for life.

2. How to Mend a Ripped Seam

Mend a Seam
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Mending a seam is so quick and easy that it should never be a reason for tossing out your clothes. A seam will rip under stress, but that doesn’t mean that the fabric is damaged. All you need to do is replace the thread. Follow these easy steps to suture your style.

3. How to Repair a Broken Zipper

Repair a Broken Zipper
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How to repair a broken zipper. Sometimes the teeth on a zipper don’t line up right, causing the zipper to catch. At this point, most people will get rid of the entire garment. What a shame, because this is such an easy fix! Follow these basic instructions to easily fix your zipper.

4. Replace a Missing Zipper Pull

Replace Zipper Pull
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Replace your missing zipper pull or just make a cool new one out of your favorite key chain. It can change the whole look of a jacket.

5. Use Vinegar to Remove Stains

Remove Stains
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Wine stains, grease stains, grass stains...vinegar can knock them all out! Your Guide to Frugal Living will show you how to maintain your clothing with this natural solution.

6. How to Replace a Drawstring

Replace a Drawstring
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Drawstrings are easily lost, or even damaged. There is an easy way to replace your drawstring, so don't get rid of your favorite sweatpants just yet. Follow these simple instructions.

7. Video: Patch a Hole in Jeans

Patch a Hole in Jeans
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As much as I love my jeans, I'm not really that nice to them. Before I learned to patch jeans, the holy ones would go to a not-so-sacred pile that was destined for another life as shorts or gardening pants. If you know how to patch holes, your favorite pair of blues won't face the same fate.

8. Mend a Torn Lining

Mend a Torn Lining
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Clothes that have linings tend to be more expensive to purchase. Knowing how to mend a lining can save you some solid cash. Use these easy step-by-step instructions to mend a lining.

9. How to Hem Pants

Hem Pants
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When it comes to pants, it’s all about the fit. You may have a pair of pants that look great on the booty, but are too long or short for your legs. Hemming pants is so easy that leg length should never stand between you and a hot pair of pants. If you can hem pants, then you’ve got the advantage every time you hit the dressing room.

Check out the step-by-btep instructions

10. Video: How to Hem Jeans

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Don't you hate finding the perfect pair of jeans that have just the right fit, except in length? Well you can skip going to the tailor and save some cash by hemming them at home. See how it's done.

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