Do you repair your clothing when torn, or do you toss it away?

United States
December 22, 2006 6:30pm CST
I repair my own clothing and also take in repair jobs for other people. Patching jeans or other articles of clothing is something that I do well. Having raised 4 children on my own, I had to live a frugal life. I have repaired my fair share of torn clothes, added zippers, sewn on buttons, and patched holes. Do you toss out clothing when there is a tear or hole or do you repair it?
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
23 Dec 06
If something just needs buttons or a seam sewn I'll repair it. Jeans and things with holes may be worn around the house when working or the kids when playing outside. Other than that, we throw them away or use them as rags.
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• Pakistan
24 Dec 06
i also repair all of my clothes if they r torn out
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I repair what I can with my little knowledge of sewing. I can sew button, mend a seam that ripped open, patch jeans from cut pieces of outgrown clothes...I even use stitch wichery to help! You gotta love that stuff! Trust me, I understand having seven children, one needs to repair instead of throwing them away. My kids hate it when they hear me tell them that there is no way to repair that without it looking like it had to be repaired. LOL
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I can sew a button back on, but that's it. Other than that, I'll have my Mom fix things, as she's an avid sewer. I just never inherited the sewing gene, I guess! If not for mom, my clothes would definitely be "disposable".
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I hate to throw things out when it is so easy to repair. I have a couple pairs of jeans that the zipper needs to be replaced and pairs of lounging pants that are ripped that need to be sewn. Though i don't dew I will find someone some day that will repair them for me.
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• Canada
24 Dec 06
I try to repair it if possible, otherwise
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• India
24 Dec 06
well my mom does it 4 me i jus tear them my mom mends them but usually i toss them away xcept its my fav...
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@azstraph (82)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Depending on the age and the type of clothing yes but by either by my mother or my next door neighbor.
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@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
I could do repair minor problems like tear, patching, zippers, buttons but if it is huge like a total change i take it to repair jobs.
• United States
23 Dec 06
If it is something I love, I will repair it. The problem is that nothing of mine wears out or gets torn, it lasts for a generation, until the style is back. Too bad I didn't stay the same weight though. Hahha. But seriously, I will mend buttons and a tiny tear if needed. I do it for my hubby.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I repair too. I dont like it but i do it. I hate to throw out clothes.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
23 Dec 06
If it is something simple I can fix it. I can fix a small tear or sew a button on. I can't do anything too complicated. I don't fix tears in jeans. They don't usually hold up. Anything too complicated, I toss it out.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I think repairing clothes is rapidly becoming a lost art. I still do repair our clothes. I taught both my daughters to sew and to repair their clothes. I was pleasently surprised when my oldest daughter ask for a sewing machine for Christmas. I think todays society is a "disposeble" kind of society. I love the feeling that comes from being frugal. I am greatful that my mother taught me to sew and to do repairs. I am amazed at the items that are taken to the thrift store because the thread is beginning to come out or a small hole is visable in the seam.I just can't imagine getting rid of them when repairs are so simple Just think of the money that could be saved if everyone did their own repairs.
• United States
14 Feb 07
I have clothes that are over 8 years old and still wearable. Just keep up with the wear and tear and clothes will last indefinately.
• United States
23 Dec 06
It depends. If the article of clothing I have is really damage beyond repair, I'll throw it away. If it's just a little rip in the sleeve or something I will try to fix it.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I totally agree! If it is damaged beyond repair, you have to throw it away!!
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
23 Dec 06
We repair clothing all the time, or if its too far gone cut it down for other purposes. We do this partly because we are broke and partly as an environmental consideration. I have to say I quite enjoy darning socks, as long as they were handknitted to start with, I don't much enjoy darning thin modern cotton socks they are a pain to do
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• United States
23 Dec 06
Darning socks is a lost art! I don't know many people that darn socks anymore. When the kids were little I darned their socks all the time. Too many kids to buy new socks for.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
23 Dec 06
well, I can sew basic things. I can't do zippers but I can do buttons. I just never do it.lol. I keep wearing the clothes as long as I am not going out in public. I can't even remember the last time I bought any new clothes.
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• United States
23 Dec 06
I repair everything. I am the patching queen. When somebody has a pair of pants they want to salvage, they bring it to me. I guess I should start charging.
• India
23 Dec 06
no i wont toss my torn clothes. instead i modify them & bring a new look to those clothes. In todays world the more different the clothes the more modern are the people
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@win0120ph (135)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
sometimes i do that. especially if there is something to be done about it.
• Romania
23 Dec 06
i always repair my favorite things. i wear them until it's not possible, because i have a hard time giving up what i like (especially because i have a hard time finding things i really love). if they are not my favorites i toss them away.
• Germany
10 Jan 07
For minor faults I do repair my clothes or get them repaired. But I dont prefer to use patches for clothes so if there is some big fault then I throw it away.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Jan 07
If it is something I really like I patch it but if I don't care one way or the other it becomes dust rags.
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@nuffsed (1274)
9 Jan 07
It's a funny thing... I have discovered that putting stuff to one side that needs a button or a few simple stitches is a handy thing to do. I have noticed that when I take time out to relax and sew a few repairs, I find myself working out solutions to other stuff. Or I'll remember something that has been stuck in the back of my memory refusing to come out. And just to escape with the TV off....Oh, It's great!!
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