Sewing accidents areinevitable no matter howcareful or skilled the sewer.Irons malfunction and meltor scorch fabric, scissorsslip and snip in the wrongplace, pins leave unwantedholes and seam rippersrip more than stitches.Fortunately, there are waysto fix or mask commonsewing accidents.
Unlike holes that need to be coveredwith a patch or darning, tears can befixed with a narrow seam.
Reinforce the torn edges
-wide strips of fusible interfacingas close as possible to both edges onthe wrong side. Fuse in place follow-ing the manufacturer’s instructions.Fold the fabric to bring the tear edgesright sides together; pin.
With a short straight stitch,
sew a scant
away from the raw edge. Stitchparallel to the tear, beginning andending on the fold to form a point
beyond each tear end as for adart point. Backstitch at each end tosecure, and then zigzag the raw edgesto prevent raveling.
Press the seam to one side,
pressingthe points as flat as possible
Disguise the mend by stitching amirror-image tuck on the oppositeside of the garment as if it were aplanned design element. Decorate themend with beading, appliqué
Reinforce and stitch tear
to get you started