How to mend and repair your clothes

May 14, 2019 by  
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There are many benefits to clothing repair. Fixing a hole in your favorite jeans or re-attaching a broken button can extend the life of the piece, which is better for the environment and your wallet. From hemming jean bottoms to fixing zippers, here is a quick look at all of the ways you can repair your own clothes . Sewing kit If you are serious about clothing repair, you should have a sewing kit on standby. A good kit includes items like needles and thread, scissors, a tape measure, a seam ripper, spare buttons and sewing pins. You can even put together a traveling sewing kit for whenever you are on the road and face a clothing emergency. Buttons Repairing a button on your favorite shirt can seem daunting at first, but it is actually a fairly straightforward process. According to The Spruce , there are two basic styles of buttons that are commonly used on shirts. The trick is picking the right type of button and the right size. Fortunately, you can usually reference other buttons on the shirt when selecting the perfect fit. The first type is called flat buttons. These are, well, flat and have exposed threads. These are the most commonly used buttons on shirts. The other type is called a shank button, which hides the thread. These are typically used in heavier pieces of clothing. Jean repairs Denim requires a substantial amount of water just to make one pair of jeans, so you should treat all of your jeans with care to keep them in top shape for many years. Rips Jeans often develop holes after extended use. Before you toss your favorite pair of pants, you can extend their life by repairing those rips and tears. All it takes is a patch of fabric  similar in color to the jeans and some thread. You can use a fusible patch, though you will likely need to sew it in place if you want it to last. Related: How to sew together ripped jeans Zippers Broken zippers are another common issue with jeans. Replacing a zipper is a little tricky, but it can be done. You will need a replacement zipper that matches the old fabric and some thread. Start by removing the old zipper entirely. Then, cut the new zipper to fit, and sew it in place. Belt loops Hardy belt loops are a requirement for a good pair of jeans , but they can fail after constant tugging. To repair a belt loop, you will need some denim thread, scrap fabric and a sewing machine. Start by patching the hole where the loop broke off. Once that is done, simply sew the old loop back into place, making sure you use plenty of thread to keep it strong. Mending Most clothing mends you will need to make are either for the seams or hems of your favorite clothes. Seam mending Seams are the most integral part of a piece of clothing . Seams can be curved or straight, or they can run into each other at intersections. The issue with seams is that they frequently rip, especially in areas you do not want exposed. Luckily, you can easily repair seams with some thread or by using fusible fabrics . Fusible alternatives remove the sewing element and are a great option for those less experienced in mending. There are a variety of fusible options on the market, so make sure you shop around for the right type before you start a project. Hem mending There are many reasons why people choose to hem clothing. The most common hem is done on jeans and helps prevent the bottoms from dragging on the ground. Jeans that are too long can trip people and will result in frayed ends. Hemming is also used to make pieces of clothing, like skirts, fit better and look more custom-made. Related: 11 ways to be more self-sufficient Common stitches By learning some simple, common stitches, you can easily repair a variety of fabrics. Running stitch If you only learn one sewing technique, it probably should be a running stitch. According to Life Hacker , the running stitch is a fundamental technique and one of the most basic stitches out there. By learning a running stitch, you can easily sew patches, fix hems and mend holes in clothing. This type of stitch basically runs in and out of the fabric without ever doubling back on itself. Back stitch A back stitch is basically a running stitch with a slight twist. This type of sewing technique is ideal if you need something that is both strong and flexible. This includes attaching zippers or fixing tears in fabrics in areas that take a lot of stress. When sewing a back stitch, you always take one step back with every stitch you make. This results in a line of thread on the backside of the item and a running stitch on the front. Whip stitch A whip stitch is slightly more advanced than the previous two techniques but still easy to perform. These stitches can repair torn seams, pockets that have come undone and split hems. A whip stitch is ideal whenever you are sewing two pieces of fabric together, like the opening of a pillow case. The threads will be visible in a whip stitch, so make sure you select a color that closely matches the original fabric. With these basic stitches and methods in mind, you are on your way to becoming an ace at basic clothing repair. Best of all, this will save you money and the planet’s resources. Images via Shutterstock

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BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center looks like it will double as a neighborhood ski slope

February 20, 2015 by  
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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

February 20, 2015 by  
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The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

November 25, 2014 by  
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The largest solar plant in the United States is officially fully operational. The Topaz Solar project in San Louis Obispo County, California completed its final 40-megawatt phase last month, making it the first 500-plus megawatt farm in the country. All told, the project now includes an astounding 9 million solar panels across 9.5 million square miles and generates 550-megawatts of clean, solar energy. Read the rest of The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biggest solar in the US , Carrizo Plain National Monument , largest solar plant US , largest solar power US , midamerican solar , San Louis Obispo solar , Solar First , solar plant , Topaz Solar , us solar , US solar plants , US Topaz Solar

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“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 9, 2014 by  
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Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its report on current greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, and on Monday PwC released its Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 . The WMO report states atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations “reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide,” and the PwC report argues that current efforts to reduce carbon emissions actually have us on track for a 4°C warmer world by 2100, instead of the only 2°C (3.6°F) increase we are aiming for. Read the rest of “We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 degree temperature increase , 2014 , carbon dioxide , carbon emissions , carbon reduction measures , Climate Change , global warming , greenhouse gas bulletin , IPCC , Low Carbon Economy Index , methane , nitrous oxide , Price Waterhouse Coopers , pwc , reports , un climate summit , WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud , world meteorological organization

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Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park

October 21, 2013 by  
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In the running for today’s “humans are the dumbest species” award are three Boy Scout leaders from Utah . During a recent church camping trip in Goblin Valley State Park, a place known for unique red rock formations known as “goblins,” the men took it upon themselves to topple a stone formation that was nearly 200 million years old. As if that decision wasn’t questionable enough, they also videotaped the act and then posted it on Facebook. By publicizing their destructive behavior, the men may have opened themselves to felony charges. Read the rest of Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient rock formations , boy scout leaders , boy scout leaders destroy ancient rock formation in Utah , boy scout leaders topple Utah goblin , boy scouts , conservation , environmental destruction , felony charges , goblin valley state park , rock formations , Utah        

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

October 21, 2013 by  
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The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being discovered, the 2011 catastrophe did compel the rest of the world to take a long, hard look at the true risks of nuclear power and many countries announced they would begin to phase out their nuclear programs in favor of renewable alternatives. That lesson seems to have been lost on British leadership, however. This morning, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government has signed an agreement with French-owned EDF to build the first new British nuclear power station in 20 years. According to the Guardian , Cameron hailed the agreement as “a very big day for Britain” that “would kickstart a new generation of nuclear power in the UK.” Read the rest of Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: britain , britain’s new nuclear power plant , first nuclear plant since Fukushima , Fukushima , nuclear , nuclear disaster , nuclear power , nuclear power plant , renewable energy , safety , UK        

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9 Baking Ingredients You Can Make Yourself

July 16, 2013 by  
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You know those days when you start a baking project only to discover half way through that you’re missing a key ingredient? We’ve all been there. Rather than waste time and energy – not to mention gas – by running …

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Old Wine Bottles Become New Art

July 16, 2013 by  
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Written by Clint Williams, Mother Nature Network Ray DelMuro is turning trash into cash — and utilitarian works of art. DelMuro, a former manufacturing engineer for a Southern California aerospace company, is the founder of Refresh Glass LLC, a…

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Fashion Designer Alexander Wang Sued for $450 Million for Running a “Sweatshop” in NYC

March 11, 2012 by  
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Last month, a group employees filed a lawsuit against Alexander Wang , alleging that the fashion designer was running a sweatshop in New York City’s Chinatown. The 30 plaintiffs are asking for $50 million for each of the suit’s nine charges, which include labor law violations, breach of agreement, and “unjust enrichment.” The lead plaintiff in the suit, 56-year-old Wenyu Lu, reported working 84 hours per week at Wang’s Chinatown factory, resulting in eye injuries and kidney stones. Wang, who reportedly earned $25 million in 2011, has denied the accusations. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexander Wang , chinatown , couterre , Fashion , labor laws , NYC , sweatshops , work conditions

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