View Full Version : Help With a Bit of Mending?

10-18-2010, 07:49 PM
Sorry guys, I dont have anyone else to ask.

I've got a pair of rainbow suspenders I've had a long time. They are the stretchy/elastic like these. Where the bands cross and are sewn together, the stitching has come partially out. I wanted to stitch it back, but I need to know... do I need to stretch the bands out while I'm sewing it? Or not?

I know this forum really isn't about doing minor repair work, but I'd really like to wear these again, and like I said, I dont know anyone anymore I can ask. My goto gal done died.


10-19-2010, 01:55 PM
Are you hand sewing or machine sewing? If I was hand sewing I wouldn't bother with stretching the elastic, I'd just not pull the stitches overtight. I would stitch all round a couple of times though as it will be under a fair amount of strain.

10-21-2010, 11:48 AM
Thanks for the reply!

I'll be hand stitching it, so I will certainly remember what you said.

Alessandra Kelley
05-28-2011, 02:25 PM
Just remember to sew with a zigzag or a backstitch (both handstitching), so the stitching will stretch. No need to leave stitches loose that way.