8 Clothing Fixes That Everyone Should Know

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10 Clothing Fixes Everyone Should Know

DIY Clothing Fixes and Repairs
Learn to alter and repair clothing with these DIY clothing fixes. Photo: Getty/ViewStock

If you own any clothes, it wouldn't hurt to know how to fix them. Here are the top ten basic ways to fix your wardrobe against any tears, rips, or just a bad fit.

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How to Repair a Broken Zipper

zipper repair
5 zipper problems you can fix right now. Photo: Sharyn Morrow

Sometimes the teeth on a zipper don’t line up right, causing the zipper to catch.

At this point, most people will get rid of the entire garment. What a shame, because this is such an easy fix! Follow these basic instructions to easily fix your zipper.

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Fix a Ripped Armpit

Fix an Armpit Rip
Fix an Armpit Rip with this fast tutorial from Rain. Rain Blanken

Ever happen to look down and realize your armpit is peeking back at your through a hole in your shirt?

Or have you stretched to reach something and heard an audible 'riiiiippp'? We have some great illustrations for this quick tutorial on fixing rips in your pits.

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How to Mend a Ripped Seam

Fix a Steam
Fix a Ripped Seam. Photo by: Becky Stern

Mending a seam is so quick and easy that it should never be a reason for tossing out your clothes.

A seam will rip under stress, but that doesn’t mean that the fabric is damaged. All you need to do is replace the thread. Follow these easy steps to suture your style.

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Repair Holes in Sweaters and Socks with Darning

Fix a sweater hole
Photo: Getty/Cultura RM/Nicolas Ferrando

Ever hear of darning? This is practically a lost art from the bygone era when socks took forever for a grandma to knit.

It's a very easy way to repair holes in any knit sweater, socks, and shirts. Learn how to darn that darn thing.

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Mend a Torn Lining

Fix a torn lining
Mend a torn lining with the quick tutorial... Photo by: Getty Images

Clothes that have linings tend to be more expensive to purchase. Knowing how to mend a lining can save you some solid cash.

Use these easy step-by-step instructions to mend a lining.

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Make a Dress Larger

Make a dress bigger
Photo: Getty/Betsie Van der Meer

‘Letting out’ a dress means that you are going to make it bigger by using fabric from the seams.

Seams are the leftover fabric on the other side of the stitching that holds a garment together. Follow these simple instructions to adjust a dress that fits too tightly.

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How to Hem Pants

How to Hem Pants
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When it comes to pants, it’s all about the fit. You may have a pair of pants that look great on the booty but are too long or short for your legs.

Hemming pants is so easy that leg length should never stand between you and a hot pair of pants. If you can hem pants, then you’ve got the advantage every time you hit the dressing room. This tutorial is your ticket to cheap pants.

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Make a Dress Smaller

Make a dress smaller
Photo: Betsie Van der Meer/Getty Images

'Taking in' a dress is the opposite of 'letting out'. This means turning some of the fabric into seam allowance for more snug fit.

Learn how to take in the seams to make a dress fit in all the right places.