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Thread: Mending/Darning socks

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    Mending/Darning socks

    Does anyone else still do this?

    I can (and will) mend a small toe hole with a machine mend.

    Does any one still mend socks by hand? My Mom did - and she did it elegantly!

    It seems like a shame to toss a whole sock that just has a bitty hole in it.

    I can definitely understand why someone would mend hand knitted socks. That would be a lot of effort to discard for a small hole.

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    I do mend my store bought socks by machine with the darning stitch and my free arm. I can do a nice flat mend to extend the socks wear if it only has a toe hole and the rest of the sock is good. Hand knitted socks I would mend by hand if I had any.

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    I mend my socks, but my husband refuses to let me do his. He just keeps on wearing them until he can't stand it any more!
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    My mother also darned socks. I have her darning egg somewhere. Me? Nope. Not gonna do it. I have no inclination to darn at all.
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    I mend the gym socks that are my favorites, by machine. Either use FM foot or zig zag. My aunt used to put socks on a lightbulb and was meticulous about her darning. They turned out beautiful. My mother would pull the two sides together and make a big lumpy seam that gave me blisters! She liked to knit. Not sew.
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    I still darn socks by hand. Have my grandma's darning egg. Very relaxing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    I mend my socks, but my husband refuses to let me do his. He just keeps on wearing them until he can't stand it any more!
    I mend mine too, since I wear the socks with the individual toes in them, and they're only available around Christmas. My DH "can't stand the thought of wearing something like that!" But I secretly mended a small hole in a few of his socks and he didn't seem to notice.
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    I have a small gourd which is almost shaped like a light bulb which I have used to mend socks for over 50 years! I enjoy doing that task.

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    I darn socks, replace buttons, re-do elastic, put on patches ....anything to extend the life of garments and accessories. When totally unsuitable to wear, depending on what it is/what it is made of goes in the rag box, all salvageable bits cut out for re-using as bags/quilts/whatever....nothing is wasted.

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    I too mend my socks if they are favorites. If not, they go into the rag bag for more use. Of course, I try to salvage my hand knit socks as long as possible. We are such a wasteful nation that I try to do my little-itty part.
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    NO, socks are not that expensive to replace.
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    I just darned a toe rip in my white sock the other night using a darning egg of which I have 2. Like thin socks so thought it was worth the few min it took with white thread.

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    I find that the sock is so worn that it's not worth the effort. It usually allows for one more wearing before another hole develops.
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