Sewing skills come in handy. A month ago, I bought a red purse. It quickly became harder and harder to zip.
So I put on a backpacking headlamp, gathered red thread, needle and a thimble and looked at it closely. Threads were unraveling at one end.
Took 15 minutes to sew the zipper and leather together. Tight enough to zip easily. Not too tight, or it wouldn't close all the way. I used the same holes.
Now the purse is better than new. The zipper is firm and easy to use.
Don't you love it when you fix something?
Life is made up of small successes.
I not only love to fix things, I hate to waste anything...
I love sewing...I have repaired many zippers, put patches on elbows and knees...
I love the internet because I have learned to fix all sorts of things, including lamps and my car!
Nice job on the bag...nice save, I should say...it also trains your mind to solve problems and to look at creative ways to make something better!!!
I'm a doer, and love doing projects. Last year I had a new unattached garage built. I put in the steps to the garage door. Cement blocks, shovel, sand, leveler, a YouTube video and a couple of days. They look great!
I'm a firm believer in reusing, recycling, and refurbishing apparel and accessories rather than send them to a landfill. Good job on the zipper, it looks great!
Very, very much when I am doing so with a partner. Not so much alone (well okay, sewing I can do alone.) I'm just reminded of how much joy it was, having a partner to love and doing things together. Alone, for me, pales in comparison. (And handy, willing-to-try-and-fix-anything guys are just wonderful in my book!)
I can solder to Mil-Spec needs,shiny,no voids,almost as if polished,when done,most things mechanical are easy for me.Every door hinge in my house is oiled for silence, Wiring switches,again no problem, I used to build missile test equipment in California,for about 10 years,cables as big around as some peoples thighs.
Yeah, there's satisfaction in fixing things and not having to spend $ to replace the item. and I like the challenge of figuring out HOW to fix things. On the other hand, it's frustrating when I CAN'T figure out how to fix it. so, I pick & choose my battles.... if it's not a time-critical fix, I can let it lay there until I either ( a ) figure out how to fix it or ( b ) enough time goes by that I give up trying to figure it out and just go buy a replacement. if it IS time critical, I either fix immediately it 'cause I can or else go buy the replacement.
Car breaks I take it apart and fix same for the computer. Rip a pair of pants I sew them back together. I can fix just about anything. I do get annoyed when I get stuff made in China that is below standards that have to be reinforced or repaired before it can be used.
I get great satisfaction when I make something work again. It all started when I locked my keys in my trunk before going camping, lol one whole day on the picnic table at the campsite figuring out how a lock works. I also upcycle, I have about 30 projects in my craft and woodworking shop on the go since I retired, each day is a different task.
I am capable of fixing things. I don't really enjoy it though. i just mostly fix stuff, because i am just frugal by nature.
In today's disposable world though, there really isn't all that much that is fixable. It seems the costs to buy the stuff needed to fix something is about the same as buying something new.