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Clothing Alterations

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Save money by altering clothes to make them last longer. Clothing alterations often involved taking a hem or sleeve length up or down.  When you take a hem down, you usually have to deal with the crease left from the old hem.  If it is hard to get out, try this.

Mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar into a cup of water.  Dampen the hem area with a cloth dipped in the water. If you don't have a pressing cloth, use a piece of cotton fabric.  Place the wet cloth over the crease of the fabric and press with an iron set as high as possible for the content of the garment.  Repeat this procedure until you can no longer see the crease line.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are some more frugal alterations you can make to clothing.


- If an item of clothing is too small, and has button, move the buttons toward the edge of
the garment and you will have more room for your body.
- Holes on many pieces of clothing can be disguised with decorative patches.
- You don't need to sew up hems.  You can use fuse tape and do it with an iron.
- If you need a quick and easy solution to hold up the hem on a pair of jeans, use duct








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