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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post
 

I guess a good place to start is,   " buy a sewing kit"    whether you get a complete kit, or select what you want. 

   get some quality needles, and several common thread colors.

like Black,Navy,White,Brown,Red,etc.     and take every chance you get to collect buttons.

 

find a good sewing store. they will have all you need.   and new buttons, buckles,and other stuff. you would be surprised.

 

 

if you are really keen, buy a sewing machine, (i have 2)  play with it and learn to use it. then check on Youtube how to do basic repairs on your own.  

 

 

you can then replace buttons, re-sew split seams, shorten pants,  and make your own pocket squares as a start.   all the info you need is online, a good kit will enable you to maintain and repair your clothes.   

-  so you need not pass a suit with a ripped lining etc.

Most (not all)  of my kit:


I started with a "Snoopy & friends" sewing kit (on sale)  and added to it.

items like scissors, thread picker, slim box knife, more threads, and a chalk triangle.   plus a measuring tape, pins&cushion. make basic repairs simple. 

 

Getting a good sewing kit is really worth mentioning. Just bought one from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Travel-Sewing-Kit-Beginners/dp/B00GR0ESK0/ref=pd_sbs_ac_31?ie=UTF8&refRID=1T3QYMF01CBFX8CYC8DF and it really decent for the price point.

 

Save me quite a few bucks.

post #17 of 23

Very true, aside from cleaning methods which are often discussed, Repair methods are vital to saving the items that would otherwise be re-donated.

 

i will post some repair work later.

post #18 of 23

Please keep this thread going.  I don't seem to find Kiton NWT in my neck of the woods, it's more like Robert Talbott with a stain or a thread pull.

 

Lately I've been getting a lot of satisfaction from rehabbing Johnston & Murphy shoes that were curled and wrinkled across the toe by inserting shoe trees and rubbing liberally with leather conditioner on a daily basis.  I know they're no AEs, but there the best shoes I've ever bought for $3.  I'd post some before and after pictures, but I didn't take any before.

 

I buy true thrift, and I rarely pay more than $4.00 for a tie or shirt, $10 for a sport coat, or $20 for a suit.  No $200 consignment store purchases here!  Part of the satisfaction that I get is seeing the life left in a good quality item, even under the dust, wrinkles, or whatever else has caused it to end up in the thrift store.  If I can make it look good again, it's a win, but I need help!  I'll be watching this thread carefully.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jurgis View Post
 

Please keep this thread going.  I don't seem to find Kiton NWT in my neck of the woods, it's more like Robert Talbott with a stain or a thread pull.

 

Lately I've been getting a lot of satisfaction from rehabbing Johnston & Murphy shoes that were curled and wrinkled across the toe by inserting shoe trees and rubbing liberally with leather conditioner on a daily basis.  I know they're no AEs, but there the best shoes I've ever bought for $3.  I'd post some before and after pictures, but I didn't take any before.

 

I buy true thrift, and I rarely pay more than $4.00 for a tie or shirt, $10 for a sport coat, or $20 for a suit.  No $200 consignment store purchases here!  Part of the satisfaction that I get is seeing the life left in a good quality item, even under the dust, wrinkles, or whatever else has caused it to end up in the thrift store.  If I can make it look good again, it's a win, but I need help!  I'll be watching this thread carefully.


oh, i got to dig up those knit sweater repair pics.    after work tomorrow. i will try to get them up.  

 

why you thrift is why most of us thrift.   more posts are always welcome if anyone has tips.

post #20 of 23
One of my great joys with regards to this hobby and something I get the most satisfaction from, is rehabbing beat to shit shoes. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif I'm sure Wes can attest.
post #21 of 23

Put me in that boat, I enjoy pumping life back into them when there are down in the trenches.

post #22 of 23
I don't buy thrifted goods that are in need of reviving. But a useful thread nonetheless for those that do


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post #23 of 23
I figure I could YouTube this, but quite frankly I like you guys better smile.gif how hard is it to let out the seat of a pair of pants?
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