Mend Your Clothes

This session will focus on one of the most useful hand-sewing skills: mending a hem. Skirts, pants, shirts, coats – almost any garment includes a hem.  The hem stitch is an easy one and so is a good way to get started in learning to mend your clothes.  If you have a garment with a torn-out hem bring it along to mend during the workshop.  Come learn how to choose the correct thread and needle for a particular fabric, basic needle technique, how to hold the garment for sewing, and the secrets of pressing.  Not for women only!

Donna Estabrook

Donna learned most of her sewing skills from an aunt who was born in 1912 and grew up when every girl learned basic hand-sewing.  Over the years she has taught herself and learned skills from others, including mending techniques and how to re-use textiles to make new useful items.

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