A stitch in time: simple, low-skill clothes mending and alteration techniques

Whether it’s fixing a button, darning a sock, or repairing a fallen hem – you can achieve plenty with a needle, some thread and a little patience

My memory of my mother’s sewing basket stretches as far back as I can recall. Even now, if I went looking for it I’m sure the fabric scraps, loose buttons, thimbles, pink pin cushion and spools of coloured thread would be exactly as I remember them.

It seemed like something every grown-up house would have: the relevant tools to sew on lost buttons or stitch together ballet costumes. But as an adult, I’ve never owned a sewing kit. I outsource all my clothing repairs to my dry cleaner or tailor.

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