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4 Videos Show You How To Make Clothes Last Longer (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/23/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:05 PM ET

We've been finding ways to make your belongings last longer to reduce waste and weather the economic storm, and here's the latest -- grab a needle and fix your clothes because there may not be reason to throw out or give away what you've got just yet:

Now that I'm supposedly all grown up, I admit to feeling a little envious of friends who are handy with a needle. However, since every skilled dressmaker I know started out making dolls' clothes when they were children, I don't think I'm ever going to catch up. I'm also not prepared to wear years of second-rate clothes while I learn my craft, when there are so many gorgeous ready-made fashions.


Instead, I am making a conscious effort to learn how to maintain and mend my clothes. In the old days I would either take my clothes to a shop - a costly habit - or they would sit in a basket gathering dust. In the mean time, I would forget them and buy more clothes. So I'm planning to give a new lease of life to my wardrobe just by mending my existing clothes. Why don't you join me?

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