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Introduction to hand sewing repairs (fabric items)

12th October 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Fabrications Introduction To Hand Sewing Repairs:

Here at Fabrications we are regularly asked if we undertake repairs and alterations to various items of clothing. The most common repairs requested include such things as: hemming skirts or trousers, repairing holes in pockets, repairing small tears or rips in garments, sewing on missing buttons, and repairing or patching denim jeans which have worn away on the inside thigh area.

Although we do not undertake garment repairs we usually offer those enquiring two options for repairs. The first option we recommend is that the person try using a dry cleaners to undertake the job. However, we always point out that this can often work out as an expensive option. Along with that option we always try to encourage the person to try to carrying out the repair themselves, offering advice on ways that they might achieve this.

Sadly, in recent years, and maybe as a result our growing “throw away” culture, there has been a marked decline in the practice of learning even the most basic of clothing repair skills. As such, many of us now lack a real understanding of the various stitching techniques and tricks, used in basic fabric repairs.

In light of this situation, Barley has put together a comprehensive hand repair workshop focusing on both common fabric and woolen garments. The workshop is not only very informative, but also very enjoyable encouraging a really mindful approach to clothing repairs.

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

– Know how to use 5 key hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Running Stitch, Slip Stitch & Whipping Stitch

– ‘Hem’ by hand (changing the length of a garment or repair a frayed edge)

– Fix rips, holes and other wear & tear areas

– Repair seams (joins in your garment)

– Sew on buttons, poppers & hooks/bars

– Rethread elastic or tie cords

Class includes a starter sewing kit and fabric swatches to practise on (you are also welcome to bring along items of clothing to work on directly)

The next month’s workshop Saturday 9th November (2.30 – 5pm) focusses on Woollen Repairs.

We offer a discount when booking the 2 sessions!

PRICE: £35 or £60 (2 sessions)

You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)


12th October 2019
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Barley Massey