I get a real kick out of figuring out something that I’ve either been stumped by or somewhat afraid of. In this case, my son’s duvet cover had about a 2.5 inch slit in it. I don’t even remember what happened exactly since it’s been sitting in the mending basket for maybe 1-2 years. (Is this where I get the bad mommy award?) I knew in theory it could be fixed with the sewing machine, but I wasn’t sure on the actual “doing”.
This morning I “did”.
Changed the presser foot (and found a new setting on my machine in the process).
Changed the needle to a denim needle, something I would not have known to do before my sewing class.
Debated about changing the thread from black to blue to match the comforter, but decided I kinda of liked the effect of the black thread… and no one was going to see it anyway. (It really wasn’t laziness, honest.)
Lowered the feed dogs… because @meshuggeknitter taught me about when to use them and not.
Cut holes in some canvas and practiced a bit. They aren’t nearly as pretty as the diagrams in the book, but they were effective in stabilizing the fabric.
When I felt comfy I loaded up the duvet. You can see the hole here.
There was slight panic when I realized the denim was lighter weight than the canvas and probably could have used a stabilizing fabric behind it, but I threw caution to the winds and forged ahead.
Voila! My repair à la Frankenstein.
The next step was to take the self adhesive patch I bought at a time when I thought all I had to do was slap on the patch instead of also seaming things up a bit.
Carefully read the instructions.
Gathered my watch with the second-hand.
Found a cutting board to use as the surface, per the instructions.
Found a light weight pressing cloth, also per the instructions.
Heated to the proper temperature and pressed the proper length of time.
Tossed pressing sheet.
Tossed cutting board right behind it.
Pressed the stuffing out of it again… both sides.
Sometimes art is just the little things… the practice, the sketches, the swatches, and the patches.