The UVE Guide to Garment Care
A brilliant way to reduce your garment consumption is to mend, alter or customize clothing you already own (or picked up second-hand). This page is dedicated to the most basic sewing techniques which you can master in no time!
Remove a Stain
Sew on a Button
Mend a Small Hole (Sew and No-Sew techniques)
UVE Basic Sewing Supplies
- Needles (a small assortment of lengths will do)
- Straight pins
- Pin cushion (fabric or magnetic)
- Sharp scissors
- Thread (matching the color of the garment you are working on)
- Fusible bonding web or lightweight interfacing
- Hot iron and board
UVE General Sewing Tips
- Always sew, alter or mend in good lighting.
- Be conscious of which side of the fabric you are using (mending should generally be done on the wrong side of the fabric).
- Ensure you are only working on the section of the garment you intended. Other pieces of the garment may sometime get in the way.
- If you are a beginner, practice these skills on an old tee shirt or other piece of fabric. It’s best not to start with a piece you love in case things get out of hand!
- Take a class. Many chain craft stores, your city or small businesses offer beginner sewing classes.
- Dedicate a box or bag for items you plan to mend, alter or customize. When you see your work piling up, it can be a good incentive to sit down and start tackling some projects.
- Keep your needles separate from your straight pins. A great trick to easily tell them apart on your pin cushion is to always keep needles threaded (a few inches will do). It’s basically a leash/key chain for your needles.
- There is a 99.9% chance you will prick your finger during your first few attempts. Do not be discouraged! You will gain dexterity as this simple task becomes a habit.
How To: Remove a Stain
- Stains are an unfortunate byproduct of existing… but they do not mean sure death for a beloved garment! Knowing how to treat different stains is key to saving those clothes.
- Do NOT apply heat or throw a garment in the dryer until the stain is totally removed. Heat will set the stain, and you will be unable to remove it further.
How To: Sew on a Button
- Updating or adding buttons to a garment is a simple, cheap and effective way to customize your wardrobe.
- If you are really struggling and are looking for a glam-cowgirl aesthetic, a Bedazzler requires the same skill as using a stapler! No judgement here.
How To: Mend a Small Hole
- This video shows two different ways to mend a very small hole. The first is “no sew” and the second requires a needle and thread.