It’s Day 3 of Mend It May and I’m blown away by the response so far!
The Mend It May Facebook group is buzzing with pictures of mends, and it has been genuinely heart warming to see the kind words of support and the wonderful advice that has been flying backwards and forwards. The Instagram #menditmay #mendup photo prompt thing is going well, and the #menditmay hashtag on Twitter is a joy to behold! @jackiemania just shared this excerpt from “Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte on Twitter, and it made me smile:
Today I wanted to share with you some resources for finding the help and information you need to help out with any tricky mends.
A good basic sewing manual will include lots of the information needed for most basic clothing repairs, and a good DIY book is another good investment (I bought buhhy one when we bought our first house..!).
These are a couple of my favourite specific mending books:
- Stitch ‘n’ Fix
- Mend It Better
- Make Do and Mend – the reproductions of the official Second World War instruction leaflets are a joy to read and still just as relevant today!
- Reader’s Digest Repair Manual-I’m not sure if these are still in print, but they quite often pop up in charity shops
- Extraordinary uses for ordinary things-again another one that I often see in charity shops
The internet contains within it a wealth of information, but it can help to know where to start to narrow down the search. These are a few of my favourites, as well as a couple that I found from a Google search that look pretty useful:
- Love Your Clothes
This is a fabulous site for helping us all to make the most of our clothes.
As well as tutorials for everything from sewing on a button, to mending a hole, there’s also information on looking after and laundering your clothes to help them last for longer.
This site is fabulous for all kinds of repairs. There are repair guides, as well as videos of ‘teardowns’ (where someone strips a product down and puts it back together again), and toolkits for all kinds of fixes.
This is a free online database of over 600,000 manuals and user guides for all kinds of consumer goods.
Another manuals database where you can can search for user manuals and instructions
- You Tube
We’ve had some success with searching You Tube for help with various fixes. Hubby found the information he needed to take my phone apart, and also to fix the washing machine, so it’s definitely worth having a search.
- The Restart Wiki page-lots of information from the fabulous team at the Restart Project, including a great page “Scared to Repair”, as well as a useful list of tools.
- The Guardian’s How to Mend series
This series was part of the Guardian’s Live Better series and has 23 posts with everything from mending moth holes, to how to mend a dripping tap
- The DIY Network has a section for Repair
There’s a fairly comprehensive list on here with videos for things like how to fix a leaking toilet
sugru is one of the products I recommended to include in a mending toolkit, and the sugru site has lots of step by step guides on there to show you how. Check out how to fix broken headphones, and how to fix a phone charger cable.
I hope these are useful. If you have any firm favourites that I have missed out, please do let me know-leave a comment below, or e-mail me jen at makedoandmend-able dot co dot uk, and I can add them in.
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