After the last month of sewing nothing but face masks for donation, I decided I really needed to try to empty the mending basket that sits in my sewing room. Anything that needs mending gets tossed in the basket to be mended in a concentrated mending session. My machine makes the job fairly quick. Almost every sewing machine has some type of mending stitch that can be found in the utility stitches that are built into the machine. This stitch is found in every machine in the Husqvarna Viking line from the Opal on up and in the Pfaff line from the Ambition on up. It’s a great stitch for fixing a tear in the fabric that needs a strong hold. There aren’t many directions as to how to use the stitch, so I thought I would give you a short lesson in case you also have some clothes in your mending basket that could use some attention!
This stitch is best used on firm woven fabrics. It is not intended to be used on knits or stretch fabrics due to the amount of stitching the machine uses. A stretch fabric would tend to “cup” under the amount of stitches and the repair would stretch out the fabric.
I hope this tip gives you some confidence to use this stitch from your machine! Happy sewing!