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Why You Should Repair Your Clothes

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, greenliving, protection )

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Love your old jeans and shirts, but feel that it's time to toss them out? Think again. Find out why repairing your favourite clothes is better for the environment and your wallet.

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Teresa W (782)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:33 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:39 am
This is so very true, thanks for the gentle reminder. Never thought about making it into a group effort, but makes sense. :o)

penny C (83)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:44 am
Thanks Cher.

Victoria P (113)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:15 am
Thanks for the post, sew, repair, duct tape, and if the old is too worn for you to wear send to Goodwill where they use all fabrics regardless of condition to be recycled, share, donate

Constance F (418)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:50 am
Love this ! Ditto Vicki. Recycling clothes is fabulous ! The best thing I ever did was to buy a sewing machine. It's great for repairs, tailoring, and even re-creating old clothes. Excellent clothes can be found in second hand and vintage stores, and with a little tailoring - Voila ! Beautiful. There are also stores where you can trade in your clothes for clothes, or they will buy them. How great is that. Never ending recycling.

Bruno M (61)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:30 am
noted thanks

Carmen S (611)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:01 pm
Thanks Cher, great to recycle clothes, and many of them can be repaired.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:01 pm
Thanks for posting - even if this shouldn't need posting, as it's just plain obvious.

Repairing clothes is one of the things that didn't survive modernization.

A pity.

Jane M (20)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:42 pm

Vicky P (476)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:15 pm
I do this, or my mom does it for me since I can't sew haha

Kathleen R (138)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
noted & read. Always been reparing & altering clothing. Know how to darn, knit, and crochet too. Old clothes are also good for cutting quilt pieces.

Julie F (68)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:43 pm
I try to give mine away.

Heidi A (16)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:38 pm
If it tears on a seam, it is foolish and wasteful NOT to repair it yourself.

It is as easy as sewing with or without a machine.

I have sewed almost all seam tears by hand.

I do use the machine for hemming pants, though(I am pretty short).

reft h (66)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:26 am
I've been repairing my clothes for years to get some more wear out of them, is this a new concept? I thought everyone was doing that.

Faye S (23)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:43 am
Noted and done! My mother made most of our clothes and she ( now age 87!) and both still have sewing machines. I always thought everyone tried to get the most out of their clothes and the money spent on them.

Michael O (176)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 4:52 am
Being thrifty and environmentally friendly go hand in hand.

Thanks Cher!

S S (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 6:54 am
Thank you.

Silvia G (37)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:58 am

Glenville J O (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:47 am
The items of clothing I repair the most are my socks. I like to wear thick ones inside my hiking boots for comfort, as I prefer these to wearing shoes. My socks tend to wear in the toe area, and as soon as I spot a hole appearing I whip out my needle and thread and sew over the hole in a series of loops. When done the repaired bit looks like a small piece of beading, a bit like a scar, on the toe area of my sock. It's quick and simple, and has saved me a fortune in replacement socks.

Ro H (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:46 am

Gloria H (88)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 6:53 pm
I signed up on Allfreesewing, Favecrafts, CutoutandKeep ,and check out whatever links that look interesting. If you look at some of the Taunton publications on aprons, sewing, jewelry the projects are inspiring, and also alot feature some pretty funky sewing...not perfect at all, but it is sort of a trend(?) that makes some of my mistakes look like publishable "art pieces". If something doesn't turn out, you can always use it as a rag, or get the dog to laugh hysterically.

Carol H (229)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:17 am
noted, thanks Cher

Lydia W (181)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:45 am
Most people that I personally know repair their clothes. It is horrible to think that anyone would actually throw them away. So many places are desperately in need of donations. Towels, sheets, and blankets can be donated to animal shelters as well. Clothing that is beyond repair makes great material for rags. I grew up wearing home-made clothing and have never found anything to compare. Unfortunately I am not gifted in this area, but I do repair seams by hand and replace buttons and install decorative patches. My mother made everything with her sewing machine and by hand {even toys}. These are some of my fondest childhood memories.

g d c (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:42 am
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