How to Permanently Restore a Mattress Pad

This post teaches you how to do more than temporarily mend your mattress pad. It shows you how to make a lasting fix that will keep you from getting frustrated with those cheap materials that mattress pads are made of these days!

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How To Replace a Zipper in a Jacket or Coat

If you read my last post on How Much To Charge To Replace a Zipper, I promised I’d be back to show you how to put in a new zipper. Here’s the jacket with the broken zipper: The zipper teeth didn’t hold together when the jacket was zipped: Before you begin, be sure and choose…

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Ethics in Business

A college student sat in our kitchen last week and told me of his experience at a local alteration shop. He needed three repairs done on two items. First, there was a tear in these shorts: and a rip in this pocket: and a button missing here: And guess what they were going to charge him?…

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Liquid Stitch

Do you get lots of sewing related items in your stocking each year? My husband puts all sorts of them in mine… bless his heart. This year, I got this: I have to admit that when I first pulled it out of there, I thought to myself: “When will I ever use this?” My husband…

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Mending What the Dog Chewed Up (Part Two)

In the last post, we looked at a technique on How to Mend What the Dog Chewed Up, Part One. But in that scenario, we used the first of two Vera Bradley bags that a customer brought to me to fix. Her dog had chewed them both to pieces. Today, let’s look at the other bag. It has bigger issues.…

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Mending What the Dog Chewed Up (Part One)

A customer brought me 2 Vera Bradley bags (purses) that her dog chewed up and asked me if I could repair them. She really didn’t have high expectations; she figured anything I could do was better than what they looked like. But, she didn’t know that I have a favorite mending technique that earns rave…

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Flip the Shirt Collar to Extend Its Use

My husband had a job for many years where he had to wear dress shirts to work. Sound familiar? Invariably, the collars (where it folds over) would be the first thing on the shirts to wear out. So, I’d flip them. And the shirts would last twice as long. Let me explain what I mean.…

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Mending a bed sheet

Can you save the planet by mending one bed sheet? Probably not, but it will save you alot of money to do it yourself and repurpose it. I have a large hole in one of my bedsheets. Typically, my washing machine eats these on a regular basis if I don’t have a full load. I…

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