How to Prepare for Clothing Emergencies when Traveling
You never know when a clothing emergency may happen. You could be on your way to a job interview, to work, a hot date, or to a special event, when all of a sudden you look down and discover a missing botton.
To make matters worse, you notice the missing button when there is no replacement available. Furthermore, if you took the time to make the clothing repair, you could be late for your appointment or date.
Another example of a clothing emergency could happen at a job interview. You are waiting in the lobby with others when out of the corner of your eye you notice one side of the hem of your skirt is hanging longer than the other. Even worse, a line of thread from your hem is loose. You are already nervous because of the job interview -- now you are uncomfortable because of the hanging hem.
A clothing emergency can happen anywhere and at any time. A clasp or botton could become loose on your top, or a seam could unravel on your blouse. All types of unexpected clothing disasters could happen, sometimes at the wrong time. The good news is there is a solution for your clothing emergencies.
The Solution for Clothing Emergencies
Here is the quick, easy solution to your clothing emergencies. Simply have a sewing kit always at hand for these situations. You will not only be ready for your clothing emergencies, but by being prepared, you will have peace of mind as well.
How to Choose a Sewing Kit
The sewing kit of your choice depends on your preferences. You may prefer a sewing kit that is durable and large enough to not be misplaced easily. On the other hand, you may choose a small sewing kit to fit in your pockets or purse. A sewing kit that measures 7 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep could be the size you prefer. The smaller kits have their advantages as well, including ease of handling and portability.
Essential items for your sewing kit include scissors. You may want to avoid tiny scissors that tend to break easily. Instead pick scissors that are durable, are at least 5 1/2 inches long and have a rubber handle that is comfortable to hold.
You may choose sewing cases made of transparent plastic. The clear, plastic cases allow you to see at a glance the supplies you may need to use for your clothing repair.
The Contents of Your Sewing Kit
Here are the items that should be included in your sewing kit:
- Pair of scissors
- Small box of straight pins
- Measuring tape, made out of cloth (no paper or plastic)
- Small plastic box of safety pins
- Extra buttons of different sizes and colors
- Pin ball cushion
- Sixteen or more spools of thread in different colors
- Needle threader
- Needles of varying sizes
- Slim metal button hole mender (This item looks like a very tiny two prong fork with a tiny plastic handle).
- Overall plastic snap case that holds all the sewing/mending supplies
Your sewing kit should be a staple item in your luggage. In fact, treat your sewing kit as a necessity -- just as much as your toiletries and other required items. You should not travel anywhere without it. You may want to keep a sewing kit home at all times -- one for travel and the other as a spare.
Return on Investment (ROI) in Using a Sewing Kit
You will have a good ROI on your investment based on how frequently you use your kit. Remember, the sewing kit will not be used only for clothing emergency repairs. You may use your sewing kit when you want to relax, and perform some mending such as reinforcing loose buttons and other repairs. Other uses for your sewing kit include quick mending fixes for pillows, pillow cases, stuffed animals or other material repairs.
There is no need to try to save money by buying spools of thread or other items in the kit as replacements. It is just as cost efficient to buy another complete sewing kit as a spare -- especially since some sewing kits are so inexpensive.
Tip: If you tend to use one color thread more so than the others, to save time, have the needle already threaded and ready for use, before your clothing emergency happens.
Plan to Get a Sewing Kit Now
Hopefully, you are convinced to get one of these must-have sewing kits. If you do not already have one, why not give the sewing kit a try? There's always that one piece of clothing that has a hanging button, or need to have some sewing reinforcements or other repairs done.
Be Confident When You Have Your Sewing Kit
Be confident that with your sewing kit -- whatever happens, you will be prepared for those unexpected clothing emergencies -- at any time and at any place!