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    IvanOpinion
    Does anybody 'darn' anymore?
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    • 4th Apr 07, 7:34 AM
    Does anybody 'darn' anymore? 4th Apr 07 at 7:34 AM
    Having a bit of fun yesterday so I thought I owed you all a serious post. So my question is whether or not anybody 'darns' any more?

    I remember my mother and grandmother darning socks and jumpers when I was a kid. They would patch up a sock and it would feel like a lump inside of my shoe. I know that overall clothes have become much cheaper and it may not be worthwhile. I also remember my mother cutting bits of elastic and sewing the ends together and these were used to hold your socks up (and cut off your blood supply).

    One other thing I remember was my mum sewing patches inside of my jeans after I wore a hole in them .. nowadays I see DW will take a stanley knife to a brand new pair of jeans to put holes in them :confused: How times have changed.

    Ivan



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    • mrs_mix
    • By mrs_mix 4th Apr 07, 7:40 AM
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    No I don't darn socks at sportsworld are cheaper than the thread to do the darning
    I will however repair stuff that can be repaired seams hems ect have been known to put the odd patch on here and there but with clothes becoming cheaper I see if it is worth it first
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    I have been toying with the idea of getting a sewing machine. My toddler's trousers are always too long and have to be turned up and every single pair of my husband's trousers have large holes in the knees. I'd like to turn up trousers and patch them too but am not sure how to start.

    As for darning, I used to always repair my woollen tights back in my docs and tassly skirts days. As for socks, I just wear them with holes in till there's more hole than sock.
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    • mrs_mix
    • By mrs_mix 4th Apr 07, 7:50 AM
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    I use an iron on web stuff to turn up trousers no sewing just a hot iron although I do own a sewing machine and it does get some use from time to time I was going to make a lot of dd clothes but I found it was more expensive to buy the material than to buy a fineshed product eg:-school trousers I paid £10 for the material thread ect to make 1 pair and I could buy them in asda for £2.50 a pair
    although there is some satisfaction in seeing someone in something you've made
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    • Topher
    • By Topher 4th Apr 07, 7:56 AM
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    Yes I darn, and as a student (12 years ago) I even darned and sewed pants to ensure a longer life. I quite enjoy darning, as I was taught not to "cobble" (the lumpy darns that you can feel) but to darn woven style with single thread or two ply. I last darned about three weeks ago.
    In my 1940s stuff I have several darning mushrooms, there is a duplicate of the bakelite one that you put batteries in so that it lights up from within the darn on E-Bay - Pretty useless.

    Topher
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    • catznine
    • By catznine 4th Apr 07, 8:01 AM
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    I remember being taught to darn using the weaving method! I very rarely darn now though. Used to darn my thick winter tights as they were expensive!
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    • Becles
    • By Becles 4th Apr 07, 8:13 AM
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    I don't darn socks but I do mend other clothes, especially stuff that belongs to the boys. They have mended jogging bottoms etc., that are now "playing out clothes" as I'm not so bothered if they get torn again, or filthy!

    Last September my eldest got 2 new pairs of school trousers. In the first week back, he managed to break the zip on one pair and put the knee out of the second pair I patched the knee with that iron on mending fabric, and managed to put a new zip in the other pair as I was loathed to buy more.
    Here I go again on my own....
  • Emmy
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    I do darn!!! and I love sewing I get 'lost' in a world of my own and find it really relaxing
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    • newleaf
    • By newleaf 4th Apr 07, 8:40 AM
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    I wish I could darn! Mr newleaf always wears holes in the elbows of his jumpers. Can you still buy those leather patches to sew on sleeves? (and if so, where?)
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 6th Apr 07, 12:30 AM
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    My DS makes holes in his socks very often. I sew them up(not really darn them) unless they are thin elsewhere. As he mainly wears sports socks its easy. What I generally do to save money on socks though is to bu a pack of six identical pairs. That way, when one is past using you only throw away one sock instead of a pair as they will pair up agiain later with another od sock. In saying that he often wears odd socks-as they are all white except for a stripe or two on the yop, nobody is the wiser. I have mended trousers with iron-on and sew-on patches but its a no-no these days. Got away with allsorts of mending when they were small but not any more.
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    • Poppy9
    • By Poppy9 6th Apr 07, 12:52 AM
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    The only repairs I do are sewing hems back up and re-attaching buttons. There is an art to sewing on buttons i.e. you wind the thread around the back of the button a few times to make it stand proud and be harder wearing.

    I never learnt to darn as my mother was so darn good at it

    I had to relearn knitting a couple of years ago when DD decided she wanted to learn. I had to search websites to find out how to cast on and off as I had completely forgotton !! DD picked up knitting very quickly even though I am right handed and she is left handed. I just couldn't work out how to reverse the method so she knits right handedly no prob.

    Ivan - did your mother turn your collar and cuffs. My mother used to do that with my father and brother's shirts.
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  • susy
    Hell ... no!
  • studentphil
    I can see that Ivan patches his clothes.
  • IvanOpinion
    I can see that Ivan patches his clothes.
    Originally posted by studentphil
    No Phil .. I employ a wife to do that for me

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  • Hardup Hester
    A tip for those of you whos kids go through the knees of their trousers, sew a patch os similar fabric inside the knee before they wear the trousers, it is easier than after they are torn.
    I used to turn my kids tousers in to shorts once the knees are beyond repair.
    Leather patches can still be bought from haberdashers, I can get them in John Lewis.
    I have a couple of very elderly pure wool twinsets that I darn when they wear at the cuffs.
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    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 6th Apr 07, 11:20 AM
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    I darn stuff too (but not socks). Was taught by my great grandmother. Usually do it to repair clothes I love. I have some vintage stuff as well as high street. I do remember darning thick woollen tights when I was a student and turned it into a bit of a fashion statement as I used a rather bright colour!
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  • AussieLass
    Darn right I do. I actually did a couple of pairs of mine last week. They were very holy.
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    • Addiscomber
    • By Addiscomber 6th Apr 07, 2:35 PM
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    I wish I could darn! Mr newleaf always wears holes in the elbows of his jumpers. Can you still buy those leather patches to sew on sleeves? (and if so, where?)
    Originally posted by newleaf
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  • Daisies
    Yep I darn, and repair clothes! (I'm 27!). I try and buy fewer but better quality (more expensive) clothes as I'm trying to avoid shops that use sweat shop labour, and I like to get organic cotton if at all possible. So I make things last as long as possible, which they do if they're well-made.

    I knit my own socks, which tend to be hard-wearing, but I would definitely darn these as they get older. They are a lot more comfortable and warmer than shop-bought socks. I don't generally bother darning shop-bought cotton socks (which I'm gradually getting rid of as they wear out, so in the end I'll just have hand-knitted socks)

    I also try and find alternative ways of using things that really have got past repair - make them into dusters, use them for rag rugs (went on a course last year!), make them into bags or cushion covers. It's something I really enjoy doing.

    Does anyone still turn sheets sides-to-middle?
  • AussieLass
    Does anyone still turn sheets sides-to-middle?
    Originally posted by Daisies
    Yes I do that too. And once they are worn out I cut up (the good bits) into square rags and keep for washing the car, dusting, polishing, wiping up messes etc.
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