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    Exclamation Altering school pants---do you have a sewing machine?

    Hi I'm just after a bit of advice, DD1 is in prep now, and the school has pants in sizes 4,6,8 and so on,and so I'm having to alter her pants. Should I buy a sewing machine, what with the cost of altering at 10-15$ per pair?! Should I look for a secondhand one?How do you alter your kids's pants?

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    I just alter the girls school pants, skirts and dresses by hand. I did get DD1's High School skirts done professionally but they were harder to take down for this year. Doing them by hand I can just lightly sew them by a couple of threads and you can't see them on the outside. It looks ok and I had only ever done buttons before the girls started school.

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    Wow! That is actually a good point, it would all add up over the years. You could buy a new machine from about $170 (on sale) for a basic one. Or try second hand, I have even seen mini machines for about $30 in dollar stores sometimes. Could you borrow a friends?

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    I once asked my aunt (mum can't sew) and she ended up buying me this awesome tape that you just fold in and iron. I never had any trouble getting it out with a good soak when wanting to take it down.

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    I got an Elna machine from Spotlight for $149, but to be honest I'd take them in/up by hand too, as they are so much more difficult and usually leave marks if you sew them by machine and then have to let them out later.

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    Send them to me, I'll sew them for you. Seriously!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWrennie View Post
    I once asked my aunt (mum can't sew) and she ended up buying me this awesome tape that you just fold in and iron. I never had any trouble getting it out with a good soak when wanting to take it down.
    I second the iron on tape, it's great. Otherwise I just do a few stitches inside that can be easily removed later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmy View Post
    I second the iron on tape, it's great. Otherwise I just do a few stitches inside that can be easily removed later on.
    How does it work?Will it come off in the washing machine?

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    After some time it does, but just do it again. Never left any damage or anything. Lasted a lot longer than my attempt at stitching! Lol!


 

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