Mending | Sewing Term

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Mending –



  1. the act of a person or thing that mends.
  2. articles, especially clothes, to be mended

You might refer to having a pile of “mending” to do, or you might mention to your friend that you’re “mending” a pair of pants for one of your children. In either case, you’re referring to the act of repairing an article of clothing (or anything else made of fabric, really) that is broken or torn. You might mend something by closing up a hole, stitching shut a tear, sewing on a patch or even adding an embellishment. Let’s take a closer look at some common mending options.



Depending on the type of repair, you’ll need to apply the appropriate stitch to get the best finish. Here are just a few examples of  stitches available.

  • Whip Stitch
  • Back Stitch
  • Running Stitch
  • Ladder Stitch
  • Darning Stitch

Learn 18 hand stitches in less than 10 minutes in this quick video by Pandemic Apparel.


  • Fabric
  • Interfacing
  • Decorative

In this video by FashionSewingBlogTV, you’ll learn how easy it is to add patches to a garment when mending a tear.


For those times when repairing a hole, rip or tear is not possible, covering it up with a pretty embellishment is the next best step.

  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Gems
  • Buttons

Here’s a great demonstration by eHow Family on how to sew sequins by hand.

Click the pictures below to learn more ways to use this simple stitching in your sewing projects.




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