How has this escaped my notice for 7 years? What is this called? Does your machine have it?
Of course, sliding a leg or sleeve onto this space means that I can't turn the fabric in all directions to patch a hole, so I use parallel stitching lines to mend. For a really big hole, I think I would still rip out a side seam so I could really maneuver the problem area under the needle.
|I slide off the plastic tray to reveal the smaller spaces where I can slide on a pant leg or sleeve. I hope the photos make up for my lack of vocabulary for these machine parts!|
When I started mending and darning, I was so proud that I took photos of every project. Now, I mend so often that I rarely stop for a photo.
Recently, I mended these black pants for Ben - both knees had small holes. They are knit pants, what we call "soft pants" around here and reserve for wearing at home or to bed, which is my attempt to preserve some dignity in public life.
Then I patched a strange hole near the hem of Genevieve's jeans.
I also patched a hole in my pajama sleeve that I got one morning as I was tearing (literally) out the back door with a full load of wet laundry to hang before we walked to school.
And then there was the loose flap of velcro on my husband's biking shoes, the unraveled seam on one of Ben's slippers, and the loosened stitching on a coat seam. And I'm not even sure I could guess at how many socks I darned this winter - a lot, I know! I love mending because it's so much faster than starting a whole garment from scratch.