Not (Quite) Mother’s Sew What?


I never took Home Ec. I’ve never owned a sewing machine. I don’t know a bobbin from a hole in the wall. My “sewing kit” is literally one of those small free Clinique gift-with-purchase make-up bags. It has a free emergency sewing kit you get at nice hotels and an array of spare buttons from outfits past. Sigh.

In my early married years, my husband asked me to hem a pair of his pants. How hard could that be? I parked myself in front of the t.v. and dove into my mini sew kit. I smirked as I hemmed the cuffs and looked forward to my first REAL domestic task as a newlywed. When complete, I stood to hold up my masterpiece and realized that I had sewn the pants to my skirt. Indeed, they were hemmed, but now they were actually part of my dress. I wanted a close relationship with my husband, but this was a little excessive.

Over the last 12+ years, I mastered the art of reattaching a button but nothing beyond. And, this Domestic Square Peg is fine with that.

Moms, Costumes, and Non-Sewers.

Only issue is that when you become a Mom, costumes and craft projects arise. The mini Clinique sew kit didn’t cut it. Luckily, my Mom rocks some mean sewing skills- machine, bobbin, strawberry shaped pin cushions and a real sewing basket.

Eventually I had to take care of some “issues” myself and was bemoaning my lack of skills to a friend. That’s when my domestic world changed forever. Amen.

She introduced by to MIGHTY MENDIT. End of story. Mighty Mendit actually bonds fabric together, dries clear and goes through the wash- no prob.

I’ve used Mighty Mendit to make entire costumes, sew numerous hems, repair ripped seams, hem a curtain, glue the torn sole of a shoe, “reupholster” a bench, attach Brownie badges, repair a car floor mat, and glue back together a live hamster (but that’s another post all together).

Needless to say, I may never be a sewer, per se, but I am one heck of a gluer. And no one knows the difference.


Mighty Mendit costs $9-$12 and can be found at  Walgreens- and Amazon-


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3 Responses to Not (Quite) Mother’s Sew What?

  1. Joanna says:

    My mom introduced me to iron-on fabric tape back in the 70′s. That’s the only way I know how to hem. I’ll have to look into Mighty Mendit, for sure.

  2. Kristin says:

    There is no better best friend than Mighty Mend it. I made a whole dress with for Halloween one year.

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