Artful Clothing Repair: Woven Machine Darning


Repairing your clothing is one of the best ways to cut back on creating waste. Using the technique of machine darning large area that have become worn or weakened by wear can be given a new life. Darning stitches run back and forth across the damaged area securing the lose fibers and thread together. To reenforce the worn area a patch can be used. For larger holes you can also use this method which we featured in an earlier post. 


Repairing a tear or rip in a garment is easy. This technique requires a straight stitch sewing machine with a darning or a regular foot.

Repairing a tear or rip in a garment is easy. This technique requires a straight stitch sewing machine with a darning or a regular foot.

STEP 3: Straight stitch perpendicular to the rip about a 5/8 to 3/4" past the rip. Stop, pivot, and stitch back in the direction you came. Zig zag back and forth until complete. Make sure to stitch past the edges of the patch.

STEP 3: Straight stitch perpendicular to the rip about a 5/8 to 3/4" past the rip. Stop, pivot, and stitch back in the direction you came. Zig zag back and forth until complete. Make sure to stitch past the edges of the patch.

STEP 1: You will need fabric shears, a patch of similar fabric, straight pins, and matching thread. You will also need a iron to press your garment before and after

STEP 1: You will need fabric shears, a patch of similar fabric, straight pins, and matching thread. You will also need a iron to press your garment before and after

STEP 4: Trim any lose threads and look for spots you might still have to go over. Use the iron to steam and press flat.

STEP 4: Trim any lose threads and look for spots you might still have to go over. Use the iron to steam and press flat.

STEP 2: Trim the patch to be about a 1/2" around the rip and pin to the back of your garment. This skirt has a facing that also ripped, so the patch is hidden between the two layers.   

STEP 2: Trim the patch to be about a 1/2" around the rip and pin to the back of your garment. This skirt has a facing that also ripped, so the patch is hidden between the two layers.   

Now your garment is almost good as new and you prevented another piece of trash from going in a landfill!

Now your garment is almost good as new and you prevented another piece of trash from going in a landfill!