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    With a few sewing supplies and basic stitches, you can repair holes, seams, and hems on your garments, and extend the life of your clothes.
    February 2, 2011

    how to patch a hole

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    • Marcie Rodriguez

      See the "Use the Strong Backstitch" in our How to Patch a Hole, Mend a Seam, and Fix a Hem gallery - for a vintage blouse...

    • Martha Stewart Living

      Use the Strong Backstitch - To mend a ripped seam on a cotton shirt, use mercerized-cotton thread in a shade that matches the fabric's dominant color. Turn the garment inside out. Tie off the loose machine-stitched threads around the tear. To follow the original stitch line, draw a guideline with a marking pencil. To secure the thread, make a short backstitch about 1/2 inch before the rip. Take the stitch through both layers of the fabric.

    • Jenn Nicholas

      Mend a ripped seam by backstitching

    • Zefi Zefi

      how to patch a hole

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