Archive for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

June 8, 2010

Today we’re going to mend that moth hole. Oh yes, they still happen, though not as often as they did years ago.

This pretty little red jacket, its black lining made that little round moth hole just really stand out, has to be repaired on the forward side of the cuff, or the garment has to be discarded.

Wool is one of their favorite foods. In fact, I don’t know if the little varmints eat anything else.

It also took me back to my childhood days. Moths can’t tolerate cedar wood, or its odor. Our mother, each spring, would carefully fold and place all of our good winter clothing in her big cedar chest.

Today we’re just concerned with repairing the damage.

The hole they leave, its sharp-edged and cleanly cut lines can be quite challenging. First, I went to the wrong side of the fabric, inside, and under the lining, ripping the lining loose where I knew it would be exposed, and could pull out some long threads of the woolen fabric.

I actually rewove those threads across and over and under each other and into the fabric of and around the hole. I used a tiny crochet hook and tweezers, lots of time and patience. You actually have to also remove tiny bits of the threads from the edge of the hole they cut, leaving it a not-so-sharp edge.

Cigarette burns also can be repaired in much the same way.

Mending and repairing is certainly back in vogue again with today’s tight budgets.

Bye for now and God bless.

Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@att.net.

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