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How to Reinforce Seams by Hand

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    • Turn your clothes inside out and locate the seam you want to reinforce.

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    • Measure the clear elastic so it is a few centimeters longer than the hem you are reinforcing.

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    • Poke a straight pin through the clear elastic and fabric at one end of the seam you are reinforcing.

    • Bend the fabric when part of your pin is through so it is visible on your side again.

    • Make the fabric level so it is not bunched up. Continue this process of putting pins in until you reach the other end of the seam.

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    • Cut the clear elastic so you have a few extra centimeters on both ends.

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    • Thread a sewing needle with a thread color that matches your garment.

    • Pull the thread through so that the string is longer than an arm's length.

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    • Make sure both string sides are roughly the same length and cut the string that is still connected to the spool of thread.

    • Tie a knot at the end of your string to hold your thread together. Make the knot by forming a circle and putting your sewing needle through it.

    • Cut off the excess thread that is past the knot.

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    • Poke the needle through the back of the fabric at the end of the seam so that it is closer to the top of the clear elastic.

    • Pull the thread through until you feel the knot hit the fabric.

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    • Make a zigzag stitch by poking your needle down and to the left (or right if you started on the left).

    • Remove the pins as you are going along if they are getting in your way.

    • Pull your needle until you feel a tug and thread the needle back through around the same hole and continue doing this until you reach the end.

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    • At the end of the seam, poke the needle through the fabric down then back up so that a small loop forms.

    • Take your needle and put it under the loop and pull. Do this twice to make sure the seam stays.

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    • Cut off the excess thread that remains.

    • Your reinforced seam should look something like this.

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