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Survival Tips for Clothing Emergencies - Use a Sewing Kit

Updated on July 5, 2020
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Inspect clothing before-hand to prevent clothing emergencies.
Inspect clothing before-hand to prevent clothing emergencies.

Clothing Emergencies

You never know when clothing emergencies will happen. You could be on your way to work, a hot date, or some other special event when all of a sudden you look down and discover a missing button, a frayed hem, or some other part of your clothing that is in need of repair.

You may notice the clothing emergency at a time when it looks like there is practically nothing you can do about it. For example, sometimes a clothing emergency can happen just before your coveted job interview. Imagine as you are waiting in the lobby with others for the interview process to start when out of the corner of your eye you notice the hem of your skirt is unraveled with a long stray piece of thread clearly visible. Needless to say, you are already nervous because of the job interview -- now you are really uncomfortable and began to worry about your dreaded hanging hem.

It goes without saying that clothing emergencies can happen when least expected. A clasp or button could become disengaged or a seam on your otherwise impeccable clothing could become loose. Other types of unexpected clothing disasters could happen, sometimes at the most inopportune moments. The good news is there is no need to panic. There is a solution for clothing emergencies that is not expensive and the repair regime will not take up much of your time.

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.

Remember that hanging hem you had at the job interview? All you have to do is excuse yourself to go to the rest room with your handy sewing kit neatly hidden away in your briefcase or purse, and you can perform your emergency clothing repairs in private.

When you travel, make it a habit to take a compact sewing kit along. If shopping, ot visiting other areas, avoid being caught unawares with a missing button, etc. Be sure you have your sewing kit available to help you in any clothing emergency.

Choosing a Sewing Kit

The sewing kit you choose depends on your personal preferences. For instance, you may prefer a sewing kit that is durable and large enough to hold plenty of sewing supplies. On the other hand, you may choose a small sewing kit that will easily fit in your pockets or purse. A sewing kit that measures about 7 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep could be the size you prefer. The even smaller kits have their advantages as well, including ease of handling and portability.

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Contents of Your Sewing Kit

An essential item for your sewing kit is scissors. You may want to avoid tiny scissors that tend to break easily. Instead choose a sewing kit that has scissors that are durable, are at least 5 1/2 inches long and have a rubber handle that is comfortable to hold.

You may prefer sewing cases made of transparent plastic as well. The clear, plastic cases allow you to see your sewing supplies at a glance.

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
  • Thimble
  • 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

You should treat your sewing kit as a necessity -- just as much as your toiletries and other required items. In fact, you should not travel anywhere without it. You may want to keep two sewing kits home at all times -- one for travel and the other as a spare.

Clothing Emergency 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.

Make the Most of Your Sewing Kit

You will benefit from your sewing kit based on how frequently you use it. However, you can also gain value from peace of mind in knowing that if a clothing emergency occurs -- you will be ready for it.

Remember, your sewing kit will not be used only for clothing emergency repairs. You may use your sewing kit when you want to relax, and mend clothing, reinforce loose buttons as wells as other repairs. Additional uses for your sewing kit other than clothing 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 additional 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 very inexpensive.

Make Using Your Sewing Kit a Habit

Hopefully, you realize the benefit of having one of these must-have sewing kits for your own use. If you do not already have one, why not give the sewing kit a try? You may already have clothing with loose buttons, frayed hems or items needing other types of repair.

Be confident that as long as you have your sewing kit -- whatever happens, you will be prepared for those unexpected clothing emergencies -- at any time and at any place.

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