Do you still mend your clothes by hand or just throw them out?

@tjades (3593)
Jamaica
February 8, 2009 12:04am CST
There hardly seems to be anyone who sits down to darn and mend damaged clothing any more. The days of sitting down with a laundry basket or bag of clothes which needs mending seems to have gone with the passage of time and the older generation. I still do some mending. I find it hard and a waste to just do away with something that is good except for a little damage. Do you find the time to mend damaged clothes or do you just put them aside to be thrown out?
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• United States
27 Feb 09
I have a mending pile I need to get to. I think it is wasteful to throw something out when I can fix it and not have to replace it. I work to hard to make my money streach to buy things I can fix. When they are not mendable I try to make something else from it. When all else fails I cut it into rags to clean the house or wash the car.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
28 Feb 09
Seems you have a pretty tight wrap on all recyclable items . It is good that you seek to purchase durable items. It does bear a lot on how much and how often we have to spend.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I seem to constantly have a few pairs of footie pj's on my "to be mended shelf". Those things have gotten too expensive to throw out just because of a hole in the tow or a torn seam...and then multiply that cost by 3 boys and mending is really the only option. Since the older 2 of the 3 won't be in footies much longer (over size 5T in boys seem hard to find around here) if I can keep our current collection of footies together the youngest will be set until he grows out of them too. I also do the usual seam and hem repairs on the other clothes too. I don't do zippers...although I intend to figure that out nor do I fix socks. Basic cotton socks have so many other uses even with holes...cleaning, using for stuffing, protecting the floor when moving furniture...it doesn't make sense to worry too much about fixing them to wear. Either way, though, I won't throw something out just because it can't be worn anymore, if it absolutely can't be fixed I'll try to do something else with it.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
When you are a homemaker you just have to learn to do some things to fill a gap where and make ends meet. A homemakers job is never done so when those socks disappear something might just take their place. Whew... never done I tell you.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
9 Feb 09
I do minor repairs- sew a button on, fix a hem that is coming down, patch jeans. But for the most part, once clothes are torn or worn, I find other uses instead of mending them. T-shirts make great rags. Sweatshirts can be used to make things like pillows, jeans that are too far gone I save to patch small holes in other jeans. Every now and then I make something like a purse or handbag from a pretty fabric. Some fabrics are great for crafts like backgrounds for scrapbook pages. I also use them for Halloween costumes, and for activities for children like texture matching games, or for making ornaments, or collages. There are lots of uses if you use your imagination.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
Wow... Now thats quite a bit of uses. Sounds as if you are pretty creatve and artistic. That is good. I really love some of the ideas you gave here. Like making a purse from some nice fabric instead of throwing out the old clothes. Thanks for sharing .
@laglen (19782)
• United States
9 Feb 09
I will sew back on a button, or sew a ripped seam. I will not darn socks, they are to cheap to spend that kind of time. I weigh the time and trouble with the cost to replace.
@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
Come to think of it I have never mended a sock. I dont wear socks anymore but I guess I used to dump them once they got too old. Thanks for sharing .
@katsalot1 (1619)
8 Feb 09
I always mend them if I can. I find it hard enough to find clothes that fit and are comfortable in the first place, so I don't want to part with them! I think the way things are going economically, there will be a lot more mending going on now.
@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
Thats a realistic assumption. Got to batten down and do our best to survive the crunch. Makes sense to take care of our clothes.
@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
8 Feb 09
No, I hate sewing. I made all my own clothes when I was in high school. You won't find me doing that now. I really can't be bothered and besides its almost more expensive now to make something than it is to purchase it outright.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
8 Feb 09
That is true and that has influenced many person to buy ready-made clothing rather than to get them custom built. I just love some of mine too much to throw them out. Sewing is time consuming though.
@tastemee (111)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I've been wanting to hand mend a bunch of my pjs for a while now but never have the time! I like mending my clothes, i think they're not worth throwing out. They look edgy
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
8 Feb 09
Time ever seems to elude us uh. Well I hope you get to do those mending soon.