Can I buy items to repair garments at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. At Spotlight, we have everything that you need to repair your favourite clothes, or even breathe a new lease of life into those worn out items in need of love. With bargains galore and guaranteed low prices across our range of sewing essentials and accessories, make Spotlight your number one shop for all your haberdashery needs.
What is included in this range and what can I do with it?
This collection of garment repair accessories and essentials includes everything that you need to fix up a torn item of clothing, a dropped hem, or to remove a stubborn stain. Check out our handy guide below for more information on the products included in this selection.
Instant Hem: Whether you need to repair the hem on your work trousers, quickly pop a hem on heavy-duty curtains, or hemming anything else, you are sure to find what you are looking for in our selection of instant hem products. A lot of these items are iron-on, a super effective way of making a hem in a dash.
Menders and Patches: Perhaps you are looking for a patch to repair your favourite jeans, or elbow patches to sew on a blazer to make a fashion statement. Our collection of mending patches are available in a kaleidoscope of colours, sizes and styles, and we even have iron-on patches available for repairs in a hurry. If you are looking for more of a style statement, have a look at our collection of motifs for bright, colourful patches that ooze personality.
Stain removers: This range also includes some of our choice stain removers, such as Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, a proven solution to remove stubborn stains. Alternatively, the Fabric Eraser is a simple way of removing pencil markings when you are making your own clothes, blankets or quilts.
Darning accessories: Darning is a skill that is slowly dying, and yet this is a simple and easy way to repair holes. So grab your needle and thread, a darning plait and our Birch Darning Mushroom and never have to throw away holey socks or clothes again.
Do you have any tips for repairing clothes?
Mending clothes is a great way to save money, breathe life into a tired item, and is even better for the environment. Unless otherwise suggested, use a backstitch for shirts and blouses, tracksuits, stretchy fabrics, or t-shirts. For jeans, use a backstitch or an overcast whereas, a running stitch is recommended for non-stretchy fabrics. It is advised that you iron the garment prior to making the repairs, and this will help to align the fabric. However, you should not wash the item prior to repairs as this could worsen the damage. Choose a thread that is the same colour, or slightly darker, than the original fabric and always work in good lighting.
How do I attach your iron-on patches or hems?
For our iron-on products which are secured using heat, make sure that any steam on your iron is turned off, before setting it a hot temperature. Place your patch or hem into the desired position, ensuring that it is straight and double checking the location before placing a cotton pressing cloth over the top. Items such as a handkerchief or pillowcase should suffice. Then place the iron directly onto the garment, do not move it back and forth, and hold it for around 35 seconds.. Finally, allow your item to cool down before touching it.
Is there anything else that I need to remember?
Please check the individual care labels on each product for more information regarding laundering your repaired garment. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us, where one of our customer service representatives will be happy to assist.