Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Torn Canvas Swing Cover Repair

Well, this was a pretty simple project.  When you have to make a repair on any clothing like this, always try and sew it BEFORE you wash it.  After you wash it, your seams will not match together as nicely. 

The first thing I did, since this is a very heavy canvas, was I pinned the first seam together and used my ironing board as the pin cushion.  I then sprayed the seam with a temporary adhesive and added a patch of material to it for more support.  This was my backside. (Now when I do this for regular seams, such as jeans, I just use a piece of iron on interfacing to the back of the tear to hold it together.)  I had to use something different for this project because you will be able to see the repair from both sides.   Now I was able to carry this to my sewing machine with the seam held together exactly where it needs to be.  I attached an open toe foot to my machine, so I can see where I am sewing. 



The stitch that I use is usually available on most machines.  It is called a multiple zigzag stitch.  Many years ago, this was always called a mending stitch.  I guess they changed the name because no one mends anymore!  Ha Ha!!  You have to set the stitch so it sews very close together.  My setting was 0.10  If you are doing this for a regular project, you would not have to be quite that close together.  I used the 0.10 because it was a very heavy canvas and I needed the support.
I trimmed the material away from the seam on the back side after I sewed it because this side will show also. 

Above is a picture of the stitch up very close and below is the finished project.  It turned out really nice and I don't think it will be noticeable at all, unless you are really looking for it!  I think my brother will be happy with it.

2 comments:

sondray said...

Great job! I'll have to remember this technique for the future.

Cynthia said...

Thanks Sondray! Before I bought my first Janome sewing machine, the first thing I checked for was this stitch!! That is how much I love it!