If you have a tear in an article of clothing, but don’t own a sewing machine, don’t despair. There is a no-sew method of repairing your items, and it only takes a few minutes to do so. To mend clothing using my no-sew method, you will need a few supplies:
* Iron with steam feature
* Coordinating piece of cotton fabric for a patch
* Fusible webbing such as Stitch Witchery
Trim any loose threads from your garment to be mended. Cut a piece of coordinating cotton fabric about 3/4″ wide and 1″ longer than the tear you want to mend. Next, cut a piece of fusible bonding, I like the brand Stitch Witchery, and sandwich this between the wrong side of your garment and the material you are using for the patch.
Put your iron on the cotton setting, and using steam from the iron, apply steady pressure to the patch for about 20 seconds. My husband’s jacket was made of nylon, so I applied a damp cloth to the fabric first so the heat of the iron wouldn’t melt it.
The heat melts the Stitch Witchery and bonds the two pieces of cloth tightly together. I will caution you to be careful the Stitch Witchery doesn’t get onto your iron, because it will melt there and I’ve found it difficult to remove.
In the past I have mended tears by using a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, but this isn’t very attractive. I have found Stitch Witchery to give an almost seamless finish, and it is machine washable machine dryable and dry cleanable.