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Repairing a Zipper That Separates
Having a zipper that continually separates is very frustrating. This is a page about repairing a zipper that separates.
Fixing a Stuck Zipper
This is a guide about fixing a stuck zipper. Whether it is stuck up or down, a stuck zipper can make it impossible to wear clothing or use an item. Usually you can get the zipper going again with a little effort.
Removing Shiny Iron Marks on Polyester Clothing
This is a page about removing shiny iron marks on polyester clothing. The shiny marks left on polyester clothing by a too hot iron are quite likely scorched or melted synthetic fibers.
Removing Bleach Stains From Clothing
Accidentally getting bleach on clothing will damage the dye and leave a discoloration often referred to as a bleach stain. This is a page about removing bleach stains from clothing.
Fixing My Black Jeans
Just recently, the colour in my black jeans ran and the end result was white lines or streaks appearing all the way down them. Is there any way in which I might effectively "run the colour BACK into them"? I was once told that leaving them to simply soak in hot water would fix them, is there any truth in this?
Fixing a Squeaky Shoe
Squeaky shoes, sandals or clogs can be annoying for you and everyone around you. This is a page about fixing a squeaky shoe.
Covering Stains on Clothing
This is a page about covering stains on clothing. Sometimes it is impossible to remove certain clothing stains. This does not necessarily mean that they are a lost cause.
Removing Scuffs on Patent Leather
This is a page about removing scuffs on patent leather. Scuffs are very noticeable on bright and shiny patent leather shoes, purses, and other items.
Keeping Bra Underwire From Poking Out
After some wear the underwire in many bras will work its way through the fabric and poke out. This is a page about keeping a bra's underwire from poking out.
Repairing Dearfoams Slipper Soles
Often the soles of slippers will wear out long before the uppers. It may be possible to repair the soles, if not you will need to replace the slippers. This is a page about
repairing Dearfoam slipper soles
Fixing Squeaky Sandals
This is a page to fixing squeaky sandals. Squeaky sandals can be truly annoying to listen to and sometimes difficult to fix.
Bleached White Shirt is Now Yellow
Laundry bleach can remove some of the fabric dye from clothing causing it to change color, even whites are susceptible. This is a page about bleached white shirt is now yellow.
Fixing a Straw Hat
This is a page about fixing a straw hat. A favorite woven straw hat can be used for a long time with some care and maintenance.
Restoring the Nap on Velvet
As long as it isn't too damaged, it is possible to somewhat restore the nap on velvet. This is a page about restoring the nap on velvet.
Making Bra Straps Shorter
Often you can find a bra that fits well, except the straps are too long. This is a page about making bra straps shorter.
Removing Glitter From Clothing
If you have a piece of clothing with glitter on it that you don't want, you will need to figure out how to get rid of the glitter. This is a page about removing glitter from clothing.
Dyeing Suede Shoes
This is a page about dyeing suede shoes. Renewing or changing the color of this leather can be a challenge to maintain the suede texture.
Dyeing Fabric to Cover a Bleach Stain
This is a page about dyeing fabric to cover a bleach stain. Bleach does not actually stain fabric if accidentally spilled, it takes the color out.
Repairing a Frayed Drawstring
I have a pair of pants with a drawstring, and it is starting to fray. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I could repair and save this drawstring. Thanks.
Repairing a Hole in Chiffon Fabric
This is a page about repairing a hole in chiffon fabric. Chiffon is a very delicate fabric, that can be easily damaged.
Altering a Swimsuit Top After Weight Loss
If you have recently lost weight, some articles of clothing may not fit the way they used to. Altering a swimsuit top after weight loss is a good way to avoid spending money on a new swim suit.
How to Shrink Leather Boots
If your leather boots are too large, you may need to shrink them a bit to get a better fit. This is a page about shrinking leather boots.
Fixing a Broken Shoe with a Key Ring
Recently, I realized that shoving my shoes off with my other foot was going to come back on me. It did. The little pot-metal clip that the Velcro strap went through broke. I can't afford shoe repair so I did it myself.
Replace Broken Overall Clasp with Hanger
You can replace those metal connector "clasps" on your kids' overalls with a hanger and your needle-nosed pliers. Simply use your pliers to bend the hanger into the same shape as the other clasp, and now you've saved lots of money otherwise spent on new overalls!
Plastic Zipper Won't Work
This is a page about plastic zipper won't work. Plastic zippers can stop working if there are broken or missing teeth, or a damaged pull.
Zipper That Won't Zip
Is there a way to fix a zipper that sometimes zips and sometimes doesn't? I don't know why this is happening, but would appreciate another thrifty's zipper knowledge!
Quieting Brass Buckles on Shoes
Brass buckles on shoes can sometimes click or squeak while walking. This is a page about quieting brass buckles on shoes.
Repairing Cigarette Burns on a Silk Dress
I have cigarette burns in my absolute favorite silk dress. Does anybody know how silk can be repaired?
Shoes Making Noise When I Walk
How can I make my shoes not make a farting sound when I walk?
Dyeing Blue Jeans
This is a page about dyeing blue jeans. You can dye jeans to darken the color or perhaps change it a bit.
Repairing a Jacket With a Broken Zipper
The zipper broke on my winter jacket. I was wondering if anyone had some ideas for how to fix it without replacing the zipper. it's reversible with quilted nylon on both sides. Would a toggle work? Thanks.
Preventing Suede Shoes from Getting Shiny
I recently bought some rough leather boots at JCPenney's. I have several pair of shoes made of this material. It's not the slick leather, it's more of a suede. The toe area on almost every pair after a few wears begins to wear thin and get shiny. This looks really bad.
This is a page about repairing shoes. Making a pair of shoes last a little longer is a great way to save money. Repairing old, worn or broken shoes is the best way to get the longest life out of a pair of shoes.
Restoring a Worn Leather Bag
If the bag or purse is valuable it may be best to have a professional take a look. Shoe repair shops are one place to start. There are also many products for sale made for cleaning and renewing leather items. Take care when doing this yourself. This is a page about restoring a worn leather bag.
Repairing the Strap on a Leather Shoulder Bag
For shoulder bags with metal clasps and rings holding the strap onto the purse, there are a few ideas on this page for repairing the metal hardware. This is a page about
repairing the strap on a leather shoulder bag
Repairing a Shoelace End (Aglet)
If your shoelace end has come off you can repair it some sturdy clear tape. This is a page about repairing a shoelace end (aglet).
Adjusting the Hood on a Rain Coat
The hood on my Regatta rain coat is too big and when pulled on I can't see anything in front of me, any suggestions how I can keep my hair dry with the hood on and stop walking into lamp posts!
Repairing a Silk Scarf
I was given a superb vintage Hermes scarf by my mother-in-law. It has a poorly repaired tear which was done many years ago. I would like to have it rewoven or repaired correctly.
A new suede jacket or other piece of clothing can be quite stiff until broken in, as can items that get wet. There are a few ways to soften suede, including wearing it often, using a conditioner, or taking it to a dry cleaner or leather specialist.
Stretching Leather Shoes
How do I know the shoe is wet enough to stretch the shoe? How long does it take to dry? Can I apply heat to loosen the leather as well?
Restoring an Old Denim Jacket
I have an old denim jacket that belonged to my great-grandfather. He died in about 1964. It's still in good shape, except it fell victim to an needlework crazy teenager in the 70s. I've removed the silly palm trees and stars and other stitches, but there is still some residual staining and stitching damage. Any suggestions to make it as true to the original as possible?
Keeping Suit Jacket Lining from Bleeding onto Shirts
I have had a black pin stripe suit with a dark purple lining dry cleaned. The first time I wore it the lining transferred a pink dye all over a white shirt I was wearing. By the end of the evening mywhiteshirt looked pink.
Replacing Elastic Waistbands
Waistbands will often wear out long before the clothing itself. It's not too difficult to replace broken or stretched out elastic. This is a page about replacing elastic waistbands.
Use a Drinking Straw for Threading Draw Cords
To rethread a draw cord for your sweats or shorts, insert the cord into a drinking straw and staple it so that it won't slip away when you pull it. This is a page about use a drinking straw for threading draw cords.
Repairing a Belt Loop
Extending the life of a clothing can save you money. With some embroidery thread and a needle you can make a replacement belt loop. This is a page about repairing a belt loop.
Keeping Sandals from Slipping Off Your Feet
I'd like to know if anyone has found a solution (like an adhesive substance, etc.) to put on the insoles of slip-on sandals (slip-ons, not between the toes, just wrap around top of feet). I've had this problem forever with this style, much as I love them.
Black and White Tie Dye Ran in the Wash
I accidentally put and a black and white tie dye dress in washing machine and now the colour has run; the white is now grey. I have tried colour catcher; no good. I have just tried colour run remover and the white is now pink. I am ready to bin the dress which I'm gutted about as it was only worn once.
Repairing Scuffed Tennis Shoes
Tennis shoes can start to look scuffed and dirty but still have lots of wear in them. This is a page about repairing scuffed tennis shoes.
Resize Jeans with Stretch Denim
This is a page about resizing jeans with stretch denim. Before you give away those jeans that don't fit, you may find that altering them a little will make them fit again. Here is a great tip to adding a little bit of room to jeans that are too tight.
Cleaning Dye Transfer Stains on Vinyl Shoes
This is a page about cleaning dye transfer stains on vinyl shoes. Here are a few options to try, if you have color transfer stains on your vinyl shoes. Be aware that solvents and abrasive materials may damage the finish, so try them in a small area first.
Removing a Dent from a Patent Leather Sneaker
Keeping in mind that patent leather is in fact plastic, the dent may possibly be removed using one of the suggestions in this page. Alternately it could be taken to a shoe repair shop. This is a page about removing a dent from a patent leather sneaker.
Use a Bread Tag for a Broken Flip Flop
If you have a blown out flip flop, you may be able to temporarily thong to stay in place with a plastic bread clip. Use a bread tag for a broken flip flop for a quick and easy fix for your footwear.
Quick Temporary Hem Fix
I was in a hurry this morning and snagged the hem of my slacks with my big toe. It ripped out a good portion of the stitching. I needed those black slacks and didn't have time to get a needle and thread and fix them.
Blending Discolored Areas on a Suede Coat
I took my dark green suede jacket to my dry cleaners to remove fairly large grease spots. It was completely cleaned. The wear areas are almost light green with the rest of the coat is still dark green. What can I use to blend these back in?
Stretching a Hat That is Too Tight
If you have a hat that is too tight, it may require stretching to make it fit right. Stretching a hat that is too tight can be easier with certain fabric types.
Fixing Shiny Spots on Worsted Wool Garments
Worsted wool can become shiny in locations that get worn down naturally. It may be difficult fixing shiny spots on worsted wool garments, but it's not impossible.
Use a Rubber Band to Secure Tight Jeans
It is not easy to adjust the waist size on a pair of jeans that are getting too tight. But there is a simple solution. This is a page about using a rubber band to secure tight jeans.
Using Rit Dye to Make Old Clothing Look New
If you have some clothes that are faded and looking old you can freshen them up by dyeing the clothing. This is a page about using Rit dye to make old clothing look new.
Replacing the Non Skid Feet of Sleepers
Often the uppers of slippers outlast the non skid soles. At that point you can replace the soles with new fabric or get creative and repair the feet. This is a page about replacing the non skid feet of sleepers.
Repairing a Burn Mark on Jeans
My friend left her hot straightener on my denim jeans and it left a mark, is there anyway I can remove the mark?
Putting A Stop On Jean Zippers
With the modern day type zipper having been around for over one hundred years, one would think the garment manufacturers would know by now how to set a zipper so it doesn't get stuck in the bottom of the track. Not so. With every pair of jeans I buy, there's the same dilemma.
Repairing Scratches on Leather Boots
Leather shoes can get scratched during normal wear. There are a number of products that can be used to cover the scratches and keep your boots looking good. This is a page about repairing scratches on leather boots.
Binder Clip for Hook and Eye Closure Repair
Replacements pieces for hook and eye closures aren't usually found at any old store so you can take the metal piece of a binder clip and slip the metal prongs through your clothing. Use some thread to keep it in place. Hook in as normal.
Use Tack to Make Extra Hole in Sandals
If your sandals are just a little bit to big and won't stay on your feet, just simply use a cork board tack to make a new hole for the buckle to go though. Then they can comfortably stay on your feet.
Shrinking a Blue Jean Jacket
Will salt help shrink the jacket in boiling water?
Flip Flop Fixers
Flip flops can be made to be more secure through the use of the little rubber bands that are used to make bracelets. I have tons of these little rubber bands.
Repairing Clothing Snags
This is a page about repairing clothing snags. Certain fabrics seem to invite snags. It is extremely frustrating when this happens.
This is a page about repairing crocs. These popular plastic shoes can sometimes be given extended use with a little repair.
Shrinking a T-shirt
This is a page about shrinking a t-shirt. If a favorite t-shirt is too big or seems to stretch out with wearing, you may be able to shrink the fabric enough to improve the fit.
This is a page about repairing hats. If your hat does not fit properly or has shrunk over time, there may be a way to fix it.
Keeping Your Pants Zipped
This is a page about keeping your pants zipped. Still one of your favorite pair of pants, but the zipper will no longer lock. There are a few ways to keep it secure.
Rust Remover Powder Removed Dye from Sweatshirt
I used a rust remover powder and it got on some sweatshirts . I have washed them twice and still the color is washed out. Can I re-dye them?
Paper Clips to Fix a Hem
If you have no straight pins, use paper clips to keep folded-over fabric in place when sewing a simple hem. Just slide the paper clip along the material as you work.
Tips for Mending Clothing
This is a page about tips for mending clothing. You don't have to be an experienced seamstress to mend your clothing.
Repairing a Shoe Sole
This is a page about repairing a shoe sole. You may be able to save money on shoe repair by doing some things yourself.
Wipers Turn On Sporadically
I blew the front passenger tire on my 95 Camry a week ago, and now the wipers come on whenever they want. Can someone help?
Removing Rivets from Jeans
This is a page about removing rivets from jeans. Care must be taken when removing rivets in clothing so as not to damage the fabric.
Dyeing Bleach Spots on Sweats
I put bleach in the washer with my grey cotton sweat suit and now I have bleach spots on the sweat suit. How do I dye my cotton sweat suit to one color?
Repairing Underwear That is Glued Not Sewn
I have Victoria Secret underwear that are put together will some type of adhesive. Does anyone know how to put the ends back together when they come undone?
Sewing Buttons On Clothing
This is a page about sewing buttons on clothing. One of the most routine sewing tasks is sewing buttons back on clothing.
Patent Leather Shoes Crumbling on the Inside
My vintage 80s patent leather shoes are in good condition on the outside, but the inside of shoe is crumbling. How can I fix this?
Stained Leather Boots
My mother accidentally washed my leather boots with soap. Now there are dark patches on the shoes which are light grey in color. How do I fix it?
Fixing a Run in Your Stockings
This is a page about fixing a run in your stocking. Getting a run in your stocking can be quite frustrating. While you can't make it go away, there are things you can do to keep it from getting worse.
Dye Ran on Pink Uggs
I recently bought a pair of pink/magenta Uggs. Shortly after I bought them a spot of water stained the toe, leaving a "bleached" looking spot on one side and a darker spot where the dye ran. The spot is pretty big and definitely noticeable.
Leather Clogs Squeak
I have a vintage pair of leather clogs, but they squeak when I walk. Is there any way to stop this noise?
Coloring a Faded Jeans Hemline
I am trying to find a way to conceal the faded hemline on a pair of expensive jeans. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to blend in the same color at this faded line so as to match the rest of the pant? I don't want to dye the entire pair of pants, just the faded hemline.
Repairing Jeans Pockets
I have some jeans that are well worn and the back pockets are starting to loosen from the jean or starting to make a hole. How can I fix this?
This is a page about repairing clothing. Buying clothes, new or used, can really add up. Repairing your existing jackets, pants, shirts, socks, shoes and accessories can save you big money in the long run.
Fixing a Zipper on Jeans
This is a page about fixing a zipper on a pair of jeans. It is common for a zipper to occasionally become stuck or break in a pair of jeans that is otherwise in perfect condition.
Fixing Up Leather Shoes
One of my kittens attacked one of my nice leather heels I need for work. They aren't destroyed, but they certainly don't look nice anymore. There are a lot of little holes and dents in them now.
Dye Accidentally Removed When Cleaning Leather Shoes
I just bought a pair of leather and fabric Puma shoes and white in color. I went to a party and poured wine on my shoes. I tried nail polish remover. It did remove the stain, but unfortunately it also washed off the white leather paint, leaving behind an ugly brown patch.
Gold Finish Wearing Off Purse Hardware
How can I repair the gold finish on my purse's hardware?
Repairing Torn Suede Boot
I caught my suede/fleece boots on a nail and ripped a hole in the top part of it. It's a 90 degree rip. Any ideas how to fix this? I haven't had them very long.
Repairing a Dooney and Burke Bag
I bought a Dooney and Bourke bag from eBay. The bag has scuff marks and some discoloration on it. Does Dooney and Bourke repair that type of damage? If not who does, if it can be done? Thanks.
Preventing Slipper Soles from Leaving Marks on the Floor
My slippers have rubber soles and they mark the kitchen floor, leaving a greasy type of mark. It will come off, but can I do anything to the soles of the slippers to prevent this occurring?
Attempts to Fix Clothing Dye Transfer Created a Bigger Mess
I did something really stupid and I need some advice, quick! I bought a new blue sweater and a black and white dress. Instead of washing them separately, like a sane normal person would do, I stuck them both in the washer at the same time. And, they each bled on each other.
Using Faux Fur to Line Top Edge of Winter Boots
How do I put adhesive backing on a strip of faux fur to line the top edge of winter boots?
Inexpensive Repair for a Sweatshirt with a Shrunken Neck Opening
What is the cheapest way to put a zipper in a sweatshirt that doesn't have one? The neck hole has shrunk so much I can hardly get out of it! Any other idea is cool too. I won't spend more than the sweatshirt costs.
How Can I Mend Tears in a Synthetic Leather Jacket?
My little girl has a darling winter coat that looks similar to leather, but is 100% polyester (on the outside). It is apparently very thin polyester as it has several rips in it now. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to mend these myself.
Repairing a Bleach Spot on Clothing With Permanent Ink
I was washing parts of a white sweatshirt with bleach and accidentally got bleach on some parts of the words and I colored the words back in with the same color permanent pen. I was wondering do I have to reapply the color every time I wash the sweater and is it washer safe now?
Why Do My Clothes Pill Up in the Wash?
I sort my wash very carefully, but it still comes out pilly! I use a good detergent, Tide powder and liquid, but it still gets pilly. Why?
Black Dress Fades to Purple Under the Arms
I purchased a black dress to wear for a wedding. After the ceremony, I returned to my hotel room only to realize that my armpits had turned dark purple! My stunning dress was fading on me.
Sewing a Button on Pants
I found a button in the washer and sure enough it fell off a pair of my favorite pants. I'm not very skilled at sewing, but I know this is an easy repair so I thought I'd try it.
Razor For Removing Fabric Pills
It seems like it's always your old favorites that get those awful little fabric pills. Take a new disposable razor and lightly go across the garment. Use short strokes while pulling the fabric tight.
Repairing Clothing Snags
Knit fabrics are very easily snagged. Here is an easy way to repair the snag using an unusual tool - a dental floss threader. Here we show the process on two men's shirts.
Removing Bleach Stains from Colored Clothing
How do I remove a Clorox stain from colored clothes?
Repairing Bleach Damage to a Black and White Hoodie
I have a white hoodie with black on the sleeves and hood. I washed my hoodie with bleach and the black on it faded to a brown. So how do I repair the black/brown without messing the white up?
Fixing a Squeaky Nike Air
I recently purchased a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers. The left shoe makes a squeaky noise that sounds like air whooshing, every time I walk. What can I do to fix this problem?
Softening a Suede Jacket
What can I do to soften my suede jacket?
Bleach Left Stains on White Canvas Shoes
I recently washed my white Vans with bleach and now there are yellow stains. I might try a white dye or white shoe polish, but I'm not sure what brand is good. How can I try to remove the stains or cover them up?
Repairing an Iron Burn Hole in Chiffon Top
Please how do you repair a chiffon top with a huge iron burn hole on it?
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