Category: Mending

Repair, fix, restore, sew up, stitch, darn, patch, become well again, heal

When the raw material – cloth – was worth more than labour, it made sense to expend labour in saving it. In past times, mending was an art. A meticulous tailor or seamstress could mend rips with thread raveled from hems and seam edges so skillfully that the tear was practically invisible. Today clothing is considered a consumable item. Mass-manufactured clothing is less expensive than the labor required to repair it. Many people buy a new piece of clothing rather than spend time mending. The thrifty still replace zippers and buttons and sew up ripped hems.