A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #18
- 25th June 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Today’s activity is inspired by our Textile Transformation project with Planet Aware. This project is all about encouraging and inspiring you to repair, recycle and reinvent your unused and broken textiles and clothes rather then sending them to landfill. I’m going to show you how to repair a split seam with an invisible ‘ladder’ stitch!
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*Garment that needs repairing or normal sewing cotton
Get your garment that needs repairing and position it so you can easily access the split seam. The idea of this stitch is you don’t need to turn the garment / item inside out as it uses an invisible stitch!
Select a cotton thread / embroidery thread that matches the colour of the textile you’re repairing. Thread the needle and tie a knot in one end leaving a loose ‘tail’.
Starting at one edge of split seam coming from the inside out pull the needle through so the knot will be ‘lost’ on the inside. Then you want to stitch in a ‘ladder’ fashion, go across to the other side, slide the needle up a small amount on the underside before coming back out again. Then you do the same but coming back again to the side your started on.
I would really recommend watching the video below to get a clear grasp of what to do here! (It’s quite hard to describe with just words!!)
It is really important to ensure your stitches remain parallel to one another and try and keep your spacing quite close and even, this will all help in making the seam sit flat and not pucker up! In the video demo I used big stitches so I didn’t take too long and also used a bright pink colour thread so it was clearly visible, but had I done smaller stitches/ used a grey thread it would have looked even better!!
Keep doing the stitches all the way to the other end of the seam and then pull the thread so it tightens up and closes up the seam! You can then do a few tiny stitches to secure the end before you tie a securing knot. The loose end can then be stitched though and snipped off.
And that’s it… Super simple and something EVERYONE can do… you don’t need specialist equipment or a sewing machine and it means you can repair al those items you’ve been putting off wearing for a while! Have fun and hope it inspires some of you to get repairing!
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