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  1. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt, Tear: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Examine the tear and the surrounding fabric.

    • Clip any loose threads to keep them from getting caught in the new stitching.

    • Select a coordinating color of thread and thread the sewing machine.

  2. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Adjust the sewing machine to a stitch-width of two or three.

    • Stitch-width controls the sideways distance of the stitch, so if you feel you need a little more width, three is acceptable.

    • Every sewing machine is different, so refer to your sewing machine manual to find the stitch width adjustment on your machine.

    • Be sure your sewing machine is fitted with a wide-mouthed pressor foot, as opposed to one with a small round hole. When the sewing machine does a satin stitch, it will bump into the the pressor foot and break if there is not a wide enough opening.

  3. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Set the sewing machine stitch length down to just above zero.

    • Stitch length controls how far forward the sewing machine advances with each stitch. Satin stitches should be very tight, which is why we want this number very close to zero.

    • Every sewing machine is different, so refer to your sewing machine manual to find the stitch length adjustment on your machine.

  4. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 4, image 1 of 2 Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • If the fabric you’re repairing is gauzy or thin, you can add a small scrap of interfacing or scrap fabric on the backside of your rip or tear. Most of the time this isn’t necessary.

    • Align the fabric in the sewing machine about half an inch before the rip or tear.

    • Lower the pressor foot and begin sewing, guiding the machine over the tear.

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    • Sew about half an inch past the end of the slit.

    • Lift the presser foot and clip the threads to free the garment.

  6. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 6, image 1 of 2 Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Trim any extra threads.

    • Admire your handiwork.

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Brittany McCrigler

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Pretty useful !

Vincent Monteil - Reply

it repaired hannedil

Shafikahmed - Reply

Now we can save a beloved, very old Patagonia shirt

Josiah M. Daniel III - Reply

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