Mend It Better – Signed by the Author


Get an autographed copy of my new book, Mend it Better! I’ll sign it on the inside title page, but if you’d like it personalized or signed elsewhere in the book, just let me know in the comments when you check out!

Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC (January 31, 2012)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 224 pages
ISBN-10 : 1603425640
ISBN-13 : 978-1603425643
Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
Dimensions : 7.25 x 1 x 8.25 inches

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Don’t hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, I put a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for today’s crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, I teach you a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand stitching and machine sewing. The how-to text is accompanied by dozens of inspiring examples of my own work and that of other craft bloggers and artisans. You’ll love the innovative solutions using appliqués, patches, brightly colored accents, and intricate lace details. With Mend It Better, every garment and fabric repair is a chance for self-expression and fabulous creations.

From the Back Cover

Wear Your Patches with Pride

Patch, hem, and darn new life into your torn and tired clothing. Kristin Roach’s creative techniques, along with original mending ideas from guest crafters, will inspire you to adjust your hemlines, play with creative stitches, add pops of color with vintage buttons, apply boldly patterned patches, and so much more. Simple step-by-step instructions and basic sewing supplies are all you need to make your worn clothing better than ever. You’ll love the fun and frugality of upcycling!

Full-color; photographs and illustrations throughout; 224 pages; 7 X 8
Hardcover with padding
ISBN: 978-1-60342-564-3; No. 62564

Thank you!

I’m so grateful to the whole team at Storey Publishing for giving me this oppertunity to write this book. Their dedication to the project really made it (and me!) shine. They are wonderful to work with and quite the creative bunch of folks themselves!

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 7 × 1.1 in

4 thoughts on “Mend It Better – Signed by the Author

  1. James
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2014
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    “I love this book. It gives you all the basics on mending. Not only just on mending but on how you can use the mending as part of the appeal of the garment thru decorative stitching to adding fun pockets. Kristin takes you from how to decide whether a garment is worth mending or not to basic stitches, patching, surface stitches, seams, zippers, fancy and decorative repairs/accents. As well as adding in several projects to practice your mending skills on like a project bag, mending clutch, needle book and a tailors ham. This is a great book with lots of ideas for upcycling your existing garments into new wearable art.”

  2. Jen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Every household should have a copy
    Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2012
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    This sweet, practical guide to extending the life of your clothing, as well as customizing thrift store finds and learning how to make a garment work for you, has become a valued addition to my craft book collection. Mending your clothing instead of tossing it away just because it has a hole, stain, etc., is not only a measure in saving money and preserving favorite articles of clothing, but it also makes you feel good about yourself, and it makes you appreciate what you’ve got rather than having the automated knee-jerk reaction to go out and buy buy buy.

    This book will pay for itself quickly, even if you use it just for the sock-darning instructions alone. There are many wonderful ideas in here that I hadn’t thought of before. The instructions are all very clear, and the author writes in a very friendly, down-to-earth way. Very inspiring!

  3. Amanda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mend your own clothes!!

    Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
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    This book got me started into repairing my own clothes. A great starter book!!

  4. Viva_Viv
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great tips – best beginner’s guide to mending

    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2013
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    This book has a wide variety of advice and how tos on diy mending. As a beginner at sewing, I found it easy to understand. It has close up photos of the techniques, all using bright green contrasting thread so you can see how it’s done. Gives you options of both hand sewing and machine sewing versions. Includes mending zippers, different types of patches, hemming, and more. Includes some simple projects to follow and begins with some good sewing basics. I haven’t found a better book on mending yet.

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