One thing that I am a bit perplexed that we don’t talk more about is how to do simple mendings when our clothes tear or something breaks. Maybe I’m just in the wrong social circles for this? I don’t have a lot of crafty friends, to be sure, but I still think it’s so important to know just how easy it is to mend something and then get as much as another year or two of use out of it! I’m sure we all have at least one piece of clothing that we’d be absolutely devastated if it was ruined? And yet, many tears would be so easy to fix. I think there’s three items that everyone needs to make sure they get the most out of all their clothes and accessories:
1. Needle and thread
The obvious one. If you just have one needle, and thread in as many colours as you could possibly want (black and white might be good for a start), you can get so much more use out of your clothes. Most of the tears that happen through daily wear and tear are at the seams, anyway, so all you’d have to do is just stitch in back together. Today, for example, I noticed that the lining in the armpit of my favourite jacket had torn – super annoying as you’ll get caught in it every time you put your arm in the sleeve! But since I had the aforementioned needle and thread at hand, I could fix it in under five minutes, and now I’ve got another two years of unencumbered use out of this awesome jacket.
Superglue is the obvious one here, because it works on most materials. I personally like things that look super tacky and have rhinestones all over them, and glue is such a lifesaver when one of them inevitably falls off. Even if you don’t like that kind of stuff, I’m sure there’s something you might need glue for (though a better solution would be to acquire a taste for rhinestones, if you ask me).
One top tip that I don’t know if I should share, because I don’t know if it’s highly toxic and inadvisable – but nail glue is DA BOMB. It adheres to most things and dries instantly – when one of the pearls on my phone case fell off I reattached it with nail glue and I know it will still be there after the heat death of the universe, basically. You probably wouldn’t want to use it on fabric, but if you’re glueing two hard surfaces back together there is nothing better.
3. Jewellery pliers
This one is probably not quite as straight forward as the other two, but it has saved me on many occasions. I sometimes need to shorten the chains of necklaces that I get, for example, because if they’re too long they just hang weirdly off my bust. They’re also great for wires that have been bent out of shape! I don’t use these very often, but when I do, I’m always so grateful that I have them. Most recently, one of my septum rings was kind of lopsided, so I had to cut off one of the ornaments to make it look more symmetrical. In a case like that it’s wire cutters or bust!
In general, I try not to be so recklessly consumerist, and I do think that being proactive about mending things helps a lot in that. The amount of sweaters, t-shirts and leggings I never had to buy (thereby low key saving the planet!) just because I could mend the tiny hole I found in the ones I already had, are absolutely endless. Obviously there are things you just cannot fix, but when it’s something tiny I definitely think that people should be more open to trying to get more use out of the things that they already own, rather than buying new as soon as the tiniest thing happens to it.