I noticed my favourite garden working trousers were getting very thin in the part where that always happens because of riding the bicycle (that's my means of transportation).
photo 1: close-up of the tiny holes I decided to make a repair before this would suddenly turn into a hole. I like these trousers because they are wide enough to wear leggings or tights underneath when it's cold outside.
First I searched my 'repair kit' for a strip of material. I found this navy-blue twill-tape. I pinned it along the part to be repaired at the inside.
photo 2: twill-tape pinned over the 'holey' part Then I sewed this tape in place with small running stitches, by hand. You can see the start of that in the photo too.
The next part was the machine sewing. To make the thin part of fabric sturdy again I stitched over it in small 'stitched zigzag' stitches several times.
photo 3: sewing machine set for 'stitched zigzag' in 'size 1' (or even smaller) Now I hope I can enjoy my garden working trousers for many more years.
photo 4: repair ready, close-up
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
Ashley, I'm thinking it might be good to do a straight stitch about a 1/4 inch in from the border, all the way around. I've noticed that when I patched pants like that, they ripped pretty fast, because the stresses are just where the two fabrics meet. It makes it easy for threads to rip, or pants/patch to re-rip. And, since your stitches are really close to the border of the patch, the patch fabric could rip really easily. (I remember when I was first sewing things, I thought I could get away with small seam allowances and just sew really close to the edge....and it just meant my seams all came undone!)
I think a straight stitch all the way around would help immensely in it being more long lasting and durable!
I'd try the sewing machine first on the pillow....only because I found it really hard to try to sew a knee patch on a sewing machine. (Okay, I never figured it out. I couldn't figure out how to spin it around! Maybe someone has tips for that?)
Pillows are nice for first machine sewing, because it's just a nice, easy straight line with four pivots! Just make sure to have 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam, so your pillow doesn't succumb to the same fate as mine!
The neat thing about learning on patches and darns is, the cloth was already messed up, so it's not like if we mess up the sewing it's the end of the world! It's a great way to learn. I've learnt a lot through patching my son's pants over and over and over and over and over.......
I think I've got pictures of what Inge is talking about. This is how I darned my son's pants. My patch is on the inside, but it could be easily done on the outside, too.
I've started matching the type of fabrics as best I can. So, if I'm mending something that's woven (not-stretchy), I use cloth that's woven for the patch. For knit (stretchy) fabrics, I've been using knit-type fabric for the patch when I have colors that match. I have no idea if this is a good way to go or not, but I'm hoping it helps prevent woven patches on knit fabrics from making holes where the patch it attached.