Split seams happen! Whether it's an item from your closet or an item you find secondhand, loose threads or a full split along an existing seam is a pretty common garment flaw.
The Easiest Visible Mend
I experienced this problem with a gorgeous leather-front J. Crew Collection cardigan I purchased secondhand. It could have been a completely invisible fix, but I took a different approach to make the pre-owned sweater feel uniquely mine.
Here is the original split seem along the cuff and sleeve.
The mend is simple enough.
- Turn the sweater/garment inside out and pin original seam together.
- Thread a needle with thread the color of your choice - go matching for an invisible fix or choose your favorite color to add your unique signature.
- Knot end of threads and use stitch of choice (I used a very quick and easy overcast stitch) to close the seam; knotting at finished end.
Turn the garment right side out and - if you've chosen a contrasting color thread - admire your handiwork!
I love that this mend will be nearly invisible to others, but I will see it and be reminded that I gave this amazing garment a new life!
Have you ever intentionally let your stitches show? Or have you customized a garment with a simple visible mend in some other way?
- Straight pins
- Sewing needle
Shuganne on May 02, 2021
I have seen a video of an artist using kintsugi to repair a porcelain vase. After gluing, it was a very small almost invisible crackline. Then he painting the repaired lines in gold. It really was quite beautiful.
When I repair clothing, I sometimes embroider over the patched area and then add several more embroidered areas whimsically. I also sometimes buy iron on decorative patches, and always reinforce them with stitching so they are sure to stay.
I like the idea of repairing real holes, tears, snags, etc. I don't understand jeans bought with deliberate holes and distressing. It seems about as, what? illogical?, as the previous comment that the repair should have been made invisibly.
To each her own; I don't have time to spend being judgmental about the small things.
Ellie 4 days ago
If I wanted to display a repair as “my own”, I would have used a decorative stitch in a slightly different different color color that would be distinctive yet not glaring such as a zigzag or embroidery stitch.