How to Repair a Hole With a Sewing Machine – Darning

What do you do when your fabric or clothes
have holes or worn fibers? Don’t worry, they’re not ruined and can
be repaired. These damaged areas can be darned easily and
quickly on most sewing machines. For repairing, I recommend having a sewing
machine, scissors, thread, and stabilizer. I prefer using a stick-n-washaway stabilizer
but you can use another type if your fabric cannot get wet. You’ll also need your damaged fabric. Please note, this technique works best on
woven (non-stretchy) fabrics. And if you’re repairing a hole, you’ll
need some additional similar weight fabric. First, use your scissors to clean the area
around the damaged section. Trim away any loose threads or frayed areas. Cut a piece of fabric from your repair fabric
that’s larger than the hole. With the damaged fabric wrong side up, place
your repair fabric over the hole also wrong side up. If you were to flip the fabric to the right
side, the right side of the repair fabric should be showing through. Cut a piece of your stabilizer that’s larger
than the repair fabric. With a sticky stabilizer, I can simply stick
it to the fabric and it should hold everything in place. If you’re using a non-sticky stabilizer
you can pin it in place or hold it. The stabilizer will keep your fabric flat
and prevent puckering while sewing. At your machine, you’ll want to use a standard
straight stitch with a stitch length of either 2 or 2.5. You can use either an all-purpose thread for
most fabrics or a fine-weight thread for more delicate fabrics. You can also use a standard sewing machine
foot. Place the right side of the fabric under the
foot and place the machine needle down in the fabric just outside the damaged area. I’ll be sewing my stitches a little outside
the hole or damaged area where the fibers of the fabric are still intact. Sew a straight stitch untill you are just past your damaged area Now I am going to do a reverse stitch to go back to where I started. Ideally you want your stitches to be right next to each other so it would be a row right next to that, but if it is hard to do with the reverse, then it’s alright to go right on top. But now when I am going forward, I slightly alter my fabric so I go right next to that first stitch. And then I’m going to reverse to go back to where I started from. And then adjust to go right next to that. So you just are basically sewing back and forth one row right next to the other untill you have the whole damaged area covered in your stitches. Here’s what it looks like when finished. If you want the area reinforced even more. You can rotate the fabric ninety degrees and
repeat the process, so the new stitches are going perpendicular to the first set of stitches. This will make the repaired area slightly
thicker and more stiff. It’s probably a good idea for heavier repairs
on jeans but with delicate or lightweight fabrics, maybe only do the repair in one direction. After the repair is done, flip to the wrong
side and trim away the extra fabric and stabilizer. If you have the washaway stabilizer you can
also wash it away and this should make the area less stiff or you can leave it alone. Definitely use a matching color thread to
make the repair less noticeable but this is a great method of doing a quick and strong
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