When I finish a garment that I plan to wear for a while, such as a jacket, suit, dress, or coat, I immediately fill a resealable plastic bag with repair materials specific to that garment. I include the thread I used, leftover buttons or snaps, and any remaining trim. I add swatches of the garment and lining fabrics so I can locate the bag I want quickly. Then I toss the little bag into a drawer reserved for repair materials. If I must restitch a seam or replace a button, I have what I need in easy reach without a long hunt through my other sewing supplies.
—L. Lee Wilson, Nashville, Tennessee
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