Saturday, November 16, 2013

Darning using your Sewing Machine

Darning is easy, using your sewing machine.   Most sewing machines these days have a darning stitch and with the correct machine foot (in my case, the buttonhole foot is used) you can mend your items very quickly.

I have a Janome 4800.  It comes with a multitude of stitches and ofcourse one of them is the darning stitch.

A pair of my well loved and well worn flannel pyjamas have frayed underneath the buttons.   After removing the button, you can then easily mend it and then re attach your button.

The above is a picture of the buttonhole foot which doubles as your darning foot.

Above is a picture from my instruction book that comes with my machine.   As you can see by following the numbers, the first part of the stitch is done vertically as per 2, 3 and 4 .  The machine has this  programmed in, so it is just a matter of letting the machine do the work.

Once the first part is completed, the machine stops and repositions to do the horizontal part of the darning.  Easy peasy. :)

The above picture show my poor frayed pyjama top.

This is how my darning stitch looks.  Not entirely happy, as it didn't completely cover the complete fray.   Absolutely nothing to worry about though, as you simply repeat the programmed stitch over the top of this.  Repeating the process only makes the stitch firmer and more likely to hold the button in place for many more wears.

I hope this little tutorial has been helpful.
What to do if you don't have an in built stitch:  
The beauty of your sewing machine is that you could even accomplish the darning stitch, even if yours does not have the stitch programmed in to it.
You could simply do it using your normal stitch and slowly going up and back in a vertical motion and then turn your piece sideways to take care of the stitches that go horizontally.



  1. I would never have thought of using my machine to darn... am going to check my machine to see if it has a darning stitch.

  2. I don't seem to have any darning these days, with all the family left home. Now, I do have a lot of hems to take up, from my Dads, my daughters and of course mine. Being short has some advantages but hems are not one of them. Thanks for the tutorial, Best wishes Wendy

    1. Wendy...I am so not a big fan of hems. :) I am always altering jeans hems and hubby's work trouser hems too.