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We seem to be at a point in our household where many things need repair of some sort or another and it doesn't make sense financially/waste-wise to just toss them and get new replacements. But I often am not sure how to fix them!<br><br>
I was thinking we could start a thread to talk about various ways to mend, repair, fix, preserve, the things in our life that are in need of such things. Like fixing clothing, appliances that break, mending a fence, repairing chips in dishes, that sort of thing.<br><br>
The first thing that needs to be addressed is our fitted sheet. Two of the corners have started splitting at the seams and I don't know the best way to fix that.<br><br>
We have a sewing machine (that I don't know how to use <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">) and we have basic sewing items for hand stitching…<br><br>
Any advice?<br><br>
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On the sheets, is the fabric tearing at the seam or is the seam just coming apart? In the first case, it's a sign that the fabric is worn enough that it might not repair well--the thread would be stronger than the fabric and would rip through it again, unless it were reinforced somehow. Depending on how worn the rest of the sheet is, you might want to use that for rags or a drop cloth and watch the sales for a new set (or a new fitted sheet).<br><br>
In the second case, it's a pretty simple fix. If you're hand-sewing, just take teeny tiny stitches--a basic in and out running stitch should work, with an occasional backstitch for extra stability--right along the original seam line. Sewing machine would be the same deal; just sew along the original seam line.
 

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Yes to the above. Another idea if the sheet is shot would be to practice using your sewing machine and make cloth napkins with the sheet. It's a great way to recycle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks! Yes, it's split at the seam. Glad to hear it's a prettys simple fix!<br><br>
I really need to learn how to use my partner's sewing machine (or else he does! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).
 

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Have fun with the sewing machine! I agree, I would make napkins or something like, just to practice on that machine... it opens up a whole new world.<br><br>
Okay, so how do you conceal, cover, or fix a chipped coffee cup? I have two, chipped on the lip, but not on a "drinking surface"-- it's opposite the handle. One is white so it's not really noticable, one is dark brown and the stoneware underneath is white, so it REALLY stands out. These are the first real sets of coffee mugs I've ever had, I don't want to throw away a perfectly good coffee cup, but the brown one is mocking me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I thought about coloring it with a permanent marker, just so it isn't so loud.
 

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I wonder if you could stain the chip on the brown one with coffee grounds....? I wouldn't use permanent marker; don't like the idea of something non-edible on any surface my mouth could come in contact with.
 

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Staining it might work. I agree about not wanting to put something on there that could be bad for you.<br><br>
You also might want to look and see if the chips are in a place where they touch food as chipped or cracked areas can harbor bacteria. Since they don't have glaze, the ceramic will suck in moisture and can breed bacteria that's pretty hard to get rid of.<br><br>
That said, I've got a bowl I love with a chip on the outside edge and I still use it. So far it hasn't killed me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I used to play around with polymer clay (sculpty, fimo etc) and I'd seal it and give it a shiny texture with Future floor polish. It is pretty much straight acrylic. It takes a while to dry. It might be a good way to seal the chips.
 

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Actually....you could probably bake it right onto the cup.
 

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HA! I have some brown polymer clay in a craft box! I totally forgot I even had it...<br>
Now, it's been years since I worked with the stuff, but is it still inadvisable to use it around food? The chip is NOT where I'd put my mouth, but I do re-heat my coffee in the microwave on a daily basis (bad, bad me)... Do you think the "fumes" from the clay would be any worse than say, microwaving in a plastic bowl?<br>
What about brown fingernail polish? thoughts?<br><br>
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Oh, and I'm taking a break right now from recovering the seats of our dining room chairs... Simply unscrew the seat, pry off the staples, and remove fabric cover. Let the foam pad sit in the sun to kill bacteria and air out. (If there is chocolate milk in there, you can rinse, roll, and hang dry the foam). Then cut your new fabric so that it is 6 inches bigger than the foam pad and base (if it's a circle, you can still just cut a square). Lay the fabric face down, put the foam on top face down, then the plywood base face down. Pull up one side of the fabric and staple in the middle. Go to the opposite side and staple in the middle. (you want your staples to be about 2 inches from the edge)... Keep stretching and stapling, always going from one side to its opposite. When you get it all stapled on, trim off the hanging fabric, and screw it back onto the chair, and TA-DA! New clean chair seats that don't look like paisley vomit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: Takes all of 10 minutes per chair from start to finish... and you CAN use a regular office stapler if you don't have a staple gun. Heck, you could use duct tape if you are using cotton fabric (ahem, old sheets)
 

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Subbing, great thread idea!<br><br>
So, I'm trying to winterize our home. Everywhere I read says to caulk cracks to stop drafts. What am I looking for? Gaps between the window frame and wall, or the window & the frame? And I'm totally lost with weatherstripping. I need someone to hold my hand through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Thanks for the upholstery advice thixle! I've got a chair that I think I'm finally ready to reupholster one of these days.<br><br>
Brisen, I'm with you on the weather stripping! We've got one door that we can see daylight between it and the frame, so we need to do something about that. If I feel adventursome this weekend, I'll let you know how it turns out!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, I'm trying to winterize our home. Everywhere I read says to caulk cracks to stop drafts. What am I looking for? Gaps between the window frame and wall, or the window & the frame? And I'm totally lost with weatherstripping. I need someone to hold my hand through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Both-- any gap needs to be caulked or sealed in some way. It is really easy once you just bite the bullet and do it. I've never really used weatherstripping...<br><br>
I found a video for you! <a href="http://www.dannylipford.com/home-improvement-video/how-to-caulk-and-seal-gaps-and-cracks/" target="_blank">http://www.dannylipford.com/home-imp...ps-and-cracks/</a><br><br>
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Here is a small appliance question for y'all:<br>
I have a stand mixer. After using it maybe 3-4 times, the beater got stuck. As in the release button will not release one of the beaters. So, it's been sitting in the cabinet for almost a year! I'm in major declutter mode, and I would love for this thing to "work" again, I would use it almost every day (well, it works, I just can't properly clean or change the beater)... I have no reciept (xmas present), so no valid warranty, and I don't even know what store it came from! Dh, a friend, and I have all pulled, pushed, beaten, etc and the thing isn't budging. As far as I can tell, there is no other type of release to it. Any ideas?
 

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Depending on what brand the mixer is, I'd try googling the brand and see if there are similar complaints about it and possible solutions.<br><br>
or...My mother used to just take stuff apart--coffee pots, hand mixers--to see if she could fix it and then put it back together. At this point, there may be no harm in that, if you can figure out a way "in" (tiny little screws, anyone?).
 

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Thanks! That's what I needed -- a demo.
 

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Thanks for the demo thixle.<br><br>
We re-upholstered our chair cushion this weekend and it looks awesome! It doesn't look budget at all. I was really proud of us.<br><br>
Ok, here's another sewing questions (I'm afraid all my questions are sewing related…). I have a NEW <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: sweater that has started to split at the seam in the cuff of the sleeve. It's a knit fabric, so can I still just sew the seams together again?<br><br>
AND… I think stuff like this is happening in our washer or dryer. Lots of things are coming out unraveled or with little holes picked in them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Anyway to figure out which machine and how to fix it?<br><br>
~Julia
 
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