Tutorials

Sewing in the comfort of your own home is fun and can serve as a kind of meditation. Many of the most common issues with our clothes can and should be repaired by hand, such as small holes (even those in awkward places!), buttons, invisible stitches, and darning. For some issues you will need a sewing machine, and on the Equipment page we have listed places in Copenhagen where you can find them to rent or use. 

 

These are no reason to throw your clothes out.
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Find your issue in the overview below, and get a curated overview of the equipment you need, the technique and how to do it in practice. 

Hole

in elbow

Ripped

crotch

Burst

seam

Broken

hem

Rip in  jeans

or trousers

Small hole

in cotton

Hole in 

socks

Small hole

in knit

Medium hole in cotton 

Sew

button

The basics

 

The basics

The starting point of sewing by hand is making the knot. Below you can see how to make a secure knot in a second.

When you're done sewing, you need to make the security stitch to keep the thread from coming undone. You should do it when you have about 10 cm of thread left.

Scissor

Needle

Thread

Equipment

Thread the needle

Make the knot

 

Example

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Thread

2 pins

Needle

Equipment

Sew button

How many of the shirts in your closet are missing a button?

Did you know you can repair it within 5 minutes?


All you need is a button, needle, thread and some pins. If you can, a good idea is to choose the needle according to the fabric: a thin needle for thin fabric, a thicker needle for thicker fabric.


Check out the video to see how it´s done step by step.

 

Hole in socks

Who hasn’t experienced that cold feeling of a toe peaking out of a hole in their sock? Here we show you how you can prolong the life of your favourite socks without getting cold feet.


All you need is a darning egg (tip: you can also use a plastic bottle or a light bulb), a darning needle if you have, and yarn that matches the yarn used in the socks.


The technique here is darning, which is a technique you can use to mend any kind of knitted fabric. Alternatively, you can use embroidery to make the mend look decorative and personalized.

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Darning

Egg

Darning

needle

Thread

Equipment

Basic technique

Example

 

Basic technique

Example

Small hole in knit

Scissor

Needle

Thread

Equipment

Your favourite knit sweater has a hole? Just grab matching coloured thread and a needle and your sweater can be repaired in just a few minutes.  

 

The basic technique here is the running stitch, one of the most used stitches. Follow the example tutorial for instructions.

 

Hole in elbow

For holes in the elbow area, it´s best to use a patch when fixing. The video uses a sticky patch that can be purchased at sewing stores or some big super markets, or you can create them yourself with leftover fabric.

 

Check out the basic technique video to learn the running stitch and the example video showing you how to do it in more detail. And remember that you can also play around, for example by using the blanket stitch around, which gives the repair a different style. 

Basic technique

Example

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Thread

Sticky patch

Iron

Needle

Equipment

 

Example

Ripped crotch in jeans

Scissor

Thread

Sewing machine

Jeans patch

Equipment

The crotch area of your jeans are easily worn out and then they might rip with a sudden movement, like squatting or showing off your karate moves. 

 

But don't worry - the area can be fixed almost invisibly, so you don't have to go out there and buy a new pair of jeans!

 

Burst seam

A very common issue in the fast fashion world is seams that burst or unravel. Annoying – we know!

But there is an easy fix for that.

Check out the basic technique in this video to learn the backstitch and the example video showing you how to fix the seam in detail.
All you need is matching yarn and a needle.

Scissor

Thread

Pins

Needle

Equipment

Basic technique

Example

 

Broken hem

 

Hems can rip or unravel easily.

 

The catch stitch can help you repair it invisibly without seeing the thread.

Just grab some pins, thread and a needle and follow the instructions.

Example

Basic technique

Rip in jeans or trousers

Scissor

Thread

Pins

Needle

Equipment

 

Ripped jeans are in fashion, but sometimes the rip is in the wrong place. No problem!
Just find some matching thread and a needle and get repairfecting.

 

Check out the basic technique video to learn the stitch needed for fixing the rip.

Then watch the example video showing how it´s done in detail.

A good idea is to use a thin needle if the fabric is very delicate, to avoid creating small holes. 

Basic technique

Example

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Thread

Needle

Equipment

Small hole in cotton

 

Those small holes are very common and very annoying. Luckily, they are also quick to fix.

 

But be detailed and pay attention when you do it, to avoid your repair from showing (unless you want to rock that #repairfect look ;).

There isn't really a basic technique for this one, it is more about paying attention to the hole you have and delicately stitching it together.

 

Check out the video to see it done.

Example

Medium hole in cotton

Scissor

Thread

Needle

Equipment

A hole in a favorite sweatshirt or pants - we've all been there. Luckily, there is no need to toss your favorite item.

 

When the hole is a little bit bigger, it's a good idea to repair it by using fusible interfacing and a sewing machine to really make it last.

 

The fusible interfacing might sound fancy and difficult to find, but most big stores have them, and sewing stores definitely do. If you don't have a sewing machine, this can also be done by hand. 

 

This technique is a bit more advanced, but yields fantastic results!

Example

 

Scissor

Thread

Needle

Sewing machine

Fusible interfacing

Iron

Equipment

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