How to Repair Clothes When You Can’t Sew
Your hem comes loose. You rip a hole in your favorite sweater. Your uniform pants start to fray. It’s frustrating when something happens to a staple in your wardrobe, especially if you don’t know how to sew. Fortunately, there are alternatives to sewing to get your favorite or regularly worn pieces fixed.
Hook and Loop Tape
By far the easiest way to mend clothes is to use Hook and Loop adhesive back tape. Even professional sewers turn to this alternative when they are in a time crunch or if they just need a quick and easy fix. Hook and Loop tape attaches to the fabric with an adhesive and then attaches with the tiny hooks on one side and tiny loops on the other. It’s a quick and secure attachment to attach your hems and seams.
Different types of fabric glue are also readily available to repair your clothes. Depending on the glue, you place it on the area that needs fixed and either hold it together until it’s dry or iron over the material to help seal the glue. Fabric glue works well for a quick fix, but it does seem to wear off fairly quickly after repeated washes of the material.
Liquid Seam Sealant
If you have clothes that are fraying, a liquid seam sealant is a perfect alternative to sewing. This sealant works on a variety of materials and prevents fraying on your pant hems, ribbons, or anywhere else on your clothes. Just place the sealant on the fraying fabric and let it dry. The sealant will prevent any further fraying. You can also use it preemptively on materials that are prone to fraying.