Popped a button? Ripped out a hem? Shoes too tight? You can bet there’s an “As –Seen-On-TV” gadget claiming to come to the rescue of just about any wardrobe malfunction that could come your way. We decided to order a bunch of these products and take them to our textile experts to put them to the test. What an eye-opener! Only one of the gadgets worked—four were major disappointments. To see which ones passed our tests, check out “Fast Clothing Fixes” in the October issue of ShopSmart.
You may also want to stock up on some of these cheap-o low-tech items that can help you out when you’re in a clothing jam. After talking to styling pros who dress models and TV stars for a living, these are the things that really work that they keep in their bag of fix-it tricks.
That’s right—the stuff that holds on toupees and wigs!
Pro trick: What it is a super-duper double-sided tape that can tack up a fallen hem, be put under a wayward lapel to make it lie flat, and be used to make belts with excess fabric stay neatly in place.
Pro trick: Ripped hem? For a more permanent fix without using a needle and thread, use this stuff. It’s great for covering more surface area, like it you pull out your whole hem.
Pro trick: They can be used to pin up a hem, close a blouse gap, and even hold a button in place until you can sew it on. The tricky part with safety pins is concealing them. Keep a few sizes on hand so you can match the pin to the job.
Needle and thread
Pro trick: Put two pieces of thread through the needle at once, and you’ll sew on a button twice as fast.
Pro trick: These work like lint rollers, but they’re easier to keep in your purse.
If you’ve got a tried and true trick, please share it with us. And watch for our October issue, on newsstands now!