I didn’t really learn how to sew. I learned a little bit during my 8th grade Home Economics class when we made pillows that were in the shape of our initials. I ambitiously tried to make a skirt once, buying a pattern, fabric, thread, etc., but that didn’t pan out. Needless to say, these days when something needs to be hemmed, I move it to the “I’ll fix it later” portion of the closet, where it sits for a year (or more) until I finally do something about it.
I think I’ve finally found something that will help me with my hemming problems without having to relegate clothes to the closet corner. The makers of Mighty Putty have a new product out called “Mighty MendIt.” Advertised as a “flexible bonding agent, that grabs, adheres and interlocks the fibers of virtually any fabric,” Mighty MendIt is perfect for a might unskilled seamstress. I’ll admit, that before taking the plunge, I wanted to test out Mighty MendIt on something that wasn’t “nice”, that way I wouldn’t be sad if it ruined the test clothing item.
Here’s a picture of the hem of some pants that were about to be tossed. I cut the leg portion off so I could get a good sense of the Mighty MendIt hemming capability.
To hem the pants leg, I followed the instructions and squeezed a line of Mighty MendIt about 1-3″ long, then quickly folded the cloth over to create the hem.
This is the final result. There’s a little wrinkle in the fabric on the left side because I did a shoddy job of folding. If you’re more careful than I was, then you shouldn’t get any fabric wrinkles in your hems.
Now I know what you must be thinking. “Wow, what a great hem job. And are those rhinestones?” Actually yes, yes that is a good hem job. And yes, those are rhinestones. I used Mighty GemIt, which is included with Mighty MendIt to glue on some rhinestones to add some extra bling to these tired old pants.
Mighty GemIt was just as easy to apply as Mighty MendIt. It looks like Elmer’s glue, and you simply apply to the back of the rhinestones, then gently place the rhinestones onto the fabric. I had some problems with the small stones and ended up putting dots of Mighty GemIt directly onto the pants first, and then putting the rhinestones on top. That seemed to work well. Any extra blobs of the Mighty GemIt simply dried clear, so you couldn’t even see my mistakes.
In the end, Mighty MendIt and Mighty GemIt both did their jobs effectively. I ran the pants through the normal washer and dryer cycles to really test the durability (they recommend gentle cycle and a no heat dryer cycle). Only one gem, that might not have had enough glue, came off. When I tried pulling them hem apart, with some force, I was able to get some sections pulled apart easier than others. I think if I applied a little more glue, or had applied it in a wave pattern like their guide suggested, it might have been a stronger bond. But I think it’s still fine because most people don’t walk around trying to pull their hems apart. Also remember that the normal washer/dryer cycles were an extreme case that isn’t recommended for clothes that have been repaired using MightyMendIt.
If you would like to gem and hem with the rest of us non-needle inclined, then now’s your chance to win your very own Mighty MendIt Kit in the WCatDD Mighty MendIt Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a box of Mighty Putty, one large bottle of Mighty MendIt, and one bottle of Mighty GemIt. (Note, the Mighty MendIt and Mighty GemIt don’t come in a box, but they’re still brand new and un-used.)
This giveaway is now closed.
Disclaimer: No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive samples of Mighty MendIt and Mighty Putty for the purpose of writing this review. This did not influence my opinions.