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Mend It Better Hardcover – 13 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425643
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craft blogger Roach's first book is an excellent addition to any sewer's collection. Instead of presenting another plethora of patterns, she seeks to empower her readers by teaching the skills they'll need to mend nearly any piece of clothing, from ripped buttonholes to torn hems. While there's no substitute for learning in person, the publisher and author should be commended on creating a book with excellent, clear photographs that show, step by step, how to complete basic repairs. The chapter Stitch Smarts, which covers everything from the blind hem stitch to the little-known prick stitch, is particularly outstanding. Roach also presents a few patterns, most from other crafters, that provide inspiration towards more mending, less discarding of torn clothing. With the exception of the odd placement of two projects before instructions on the stitches required to make them, the book unfolds in an accessible manner; great layout (and lovely photos) provide eye candy. This is the rare sewing book that will be pulled off the shelf for reference again and again. Full color photos and illustrations, 13 patterns."

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Wear Your Patches with PridePatch, hem, and darn new life into your torn and tired clothing. Kristin Roach's creative techniques, along with original mending ideas from guest crafters, will inspire you to adjust your hemlines, play with creative stitches, add pops of color with vintage buttons, apply boldly patterned patches, and so much more. Simple step-by-step instructions and basic sewing supplies are all you need to make your worn clothing better than ever. You'll love the fun and frugality of upcycling!

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Format: Hardcover
I first heard about Mend It Better via a Bath based Tweeter which is interesting as the book itself is American and written by Kristin M. Roach of [...]. It's not the usual type of book that I review but it is self help. It just happens to be about self help of the mending, fixin' and patching variety! And I loved it so am sharing it with you now.

The book itself is collection of `how to' chapters, such as how to deal with a broken zip or something as basic as sew up a hem. It's also full of ideas for never wasting anything and `re-purposing' items; its philosphy is very green:

"Make a rule for yourself, as you venture from thrift shop to yard sales, to never pass up a fine fabric just because it's not useful any longer for the purpose that it was intended. Good cloth is good cloth and often its next life is more exciting than its original".

But the chapter I was particularly drawn to was the one celebrating the evolution of sewing and the traditions of crafts being passed down through the generations, usually mother or matriarchal figure onto younger girls in the family. The author herself references her grandmother often and has dedicated this book to her, Phyllis Powell:

"It has been a long road from running around my grandma's sewing table to writing my own book. I went through a pretty punk phase of rejecting all things feminine when I was a teenager. Regrettably, during the years when I could have gained the most from my grandmother's lifetime of sewing experience, I was not the least bit interested. Duct tape was the only mending tool I would go near....After my grandparents passed away I was left with a void that was open and painful. I refused to let my grandma's sewing supplies be sold.
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I very rarely have the time to review all the books I purchase but I can't let this one go without some comment. Even the cover is tactile, so I was expecting great things when I delved inside - and I wasn't disappointed. I've seen and read lots of books that show you how to "make do and mend" or how to recycle your favourite clothes rather than having to part with them when you've worn them so much that they end up falling apart, but they're all very boring and don't give me the incentive to do anything with them, so what were once treasured items ultimately end up in the pile destined for "clothes to do the DIY in". But "Mend it Better" has changed all that. I now know what to do with that pair of jeans that have more holes in them than a kitchen sieve, or a jumper where the threads are forever snagging on things. The patching jeans idea that turns them into a work of art is especially brilliant. It's a good job the book's cover is so well padded and looks like it'll last the distance, because I'm sure to be delving into it many, many times in the days to come!
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This book has a wide variety of advice and how tos on diy mending. As a beginner at sewing, I found it easy to understand. It has close up photos of the techniques, all using bright green contrasting thread so you can see how it's done. Gives you options of both hand sewing and machine sewing versions. Includes mending zippers, different types of patches, hemming, and more. Includes some simple projects to follow and begins with some good sewing basics. I haven't found a better book on mending yet.
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This book is a useful guide to repairing your clothing and getting extra wear from your garments. Often just darning a hole, or replacing a zip will mean you get months or even years of extra wear out of your clothes. If you've ever wondered quite how to do it then this is the book for you.

The book starts with some simple tips and things to consider before fixing, followed by a guide to the equipment you'll need. The other chapters cover patches, pockets, hems, darning, fasteners & closures, zippers and decorative touches.

This is a bright colourful book with easy to follow instructions, colourful diagrams and pretty photographs throughout. There are also projects in the book for revamping or upcycling your clothing. An ideal guide for any fans of the make do and mend ethos.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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This is a sweet little book. Even the padded cover adds to the experience of leafing through its pages. I'm not sure I've learnt much that I didn't already know in terms of techniques, but they are clearly explained and illustrated, but I do feel that I have gained from the many ideas presented by the contributors. Even where I might not execute a repair exactly as in a picture, I think I will continue to find inspiration here for future projects and problem repairs.
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This book is just wonderful.
It tells me all I need to know about patching and darning and how to achieve the best results.
The book is a wonderful source of information-things you may have learnt from your mum or gran but forgotten.
A nice tactile book to look at /touch as well.
My mum would have known all of this as she lived through the war and had to make do and mend. She would never have thrown out something just because it was a bit worn or needed a new buttonhole.
Get this and learn how to be more environmentally friendly and save money as well!
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