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How to Mend & Hem Clothes : How to Repair a Rip with a Machine Sewn Satin Stitch: Part 2

October 24, 2019

Hi! I’m Karen for Expert Village. So the foot
is down and we have a wide zigzag and you just want to make sure that your rip is as
close together as possible. The needle will zigzag over each side of the rip. The needle
will be zigzagging on each side of the rip and just go down and paper helps to. Okay
when you get to the bottom there and to the L shaped rip, we are going to have to lift
the foot and reposition the rip so that the other part of the L shaped rip is in place
and then you could hold the fabric tight to help keep that rip together while you are
sewing. You can hold that tight right there down at the middle and again, very fast and
close zigzag stitch. Okay you can finish it off by changing your stitch width to 0 and
just running the machine for a minute to knot the end and there is our repair. It is a nice
wide and flat satin stitch; very closed stitched zigzag. You’ll just trim off your threads
like this and then in the back you will also trim off your threads and you remove the paper.
The paper should come right off. The paper helps to keep the stitches very flat. If you
didn’t have the paper, the stitches would want to pull together a little bit and you
would have a little bit of buckling so the paper keeps it nice and flat. The extra fabric
gives it strength. So we will just trim away some of the extra fabric, like that and that’s
our repair.


  • Reply Natalie Mootz August 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Excellent set of two videos showing this technique! Very clear and easy to understand. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Kersten Matera February 4, 2012 at 2:27 am


  • Reply girbska July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am

    thank youuu!!!

  • Reply Ozzy Lozada December 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    It took me awhile to set it up but got it done for my ten y/o daughter's dress. Thanks

  • Reply Andrew November 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    What's that paper called? I need to get it but couldn't find it in a Google search for sewing paper…

  • Reply SEAN LIMBAUGH March 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    A few techniques make all the difference. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Elec Aire September 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you! I wish it didn't skip the paper part at the beginning though. Reinforcing the importance of the paper but not sure what type or how it was added.

  • Reply tommikins1 Rahman November 25, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Great! Now can mend the + shaped tear in the wrangler western shirt of my BF who doesn't want to throw it away!

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