Well, since I was talking about mending the other day, I thought I’d do a little followup! Yes Amy-this is directed at you among many:)
Now, I don’t know about all of you, but I am a visual learner. If I try to read about how to sew a seam, without ever having seen anyone DO it, I get very confused. So for all of you I did a little Internet mining, and found a great video on a site called VideoJug (subtitle “life explained, on film) and found an actual video of a tailor showing you how to mend a torn seam!
Now, this video is obviously of English extraction (I’m not going to say it is actually England, it could be anywhere that was originally influenced by the English Empire-just check out the accent). A few of the terms they use are slightly different from those an American would use. But the info, and the pictures, are good. Take a gander:
(Note: you need to click on the video to activate it, then click on the play button to start the video playing)
VideoJug: How To Mend A Torn Seam
Now, if you are truly a total sewing novice there are a couple of things that they say in this tutorial that you may need additional clarification on. Diggs Magazine (a very cool online mag for those in their early 20′s or so) has a great article called “Sew What?” explaining the extreme basics of sewing. How to tread the needle. How to tie a knot. How to perform a running stitch.
Hopefully this can get you started on your way!