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10 Clothing Fixes That Everyone Should Know

Top Ten Clothing Problems and How to Fix Them


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

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1. How to Repair a Broken Zipper

Repair a Broken Zipper
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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.

2. Fix a Ripped Armpit

Fix an Armpit Rip
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 Ever happen to look down and realize your armpit is peeking back at your through a hole in your shirt? Or have you stretched to reach something and heard an audible 'riiiiippp'? I've made some great illustrations for this quick tutorial on fixing rips in your pits. Pit rips!

3. 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.

4. How to Sew on a Button

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, and you can even change it up with some funky button combinations.

5. 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...

6. Repair Sweaters and Socks with Darning

Darn a Sweater
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Ever hear of darning? This is practically a lost art from the bygone era when socks took forever for a grandma to knit. It's a very easy way to repair holes in any knit sweater, socks, and shirts. How to darn that darn thing.


7. 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.

8. 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. My tutorial is your ticket to cheap pants...

9. Make a Dress Larger

Make a Dress Bigger
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‘Letting out’ a dress means that you are going to make it bigger by using fabric from the seam. It is called ‘letting out’ because you are ‘letting’ the fabric ‘out’ of the seam. Seams are the leftover fabric on the other side of the stitching that holds a garment together. Follow these simple instructions to adjust a dress that fits too tightly.

10. Make a Dress Smaller

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'Taking in' a dress is the opposite of 'letting out'. This means turning some of the fabric into seam allowance for more snug fit. I'll show you how to take in the seams to make a dress fit in all the right places...


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