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A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned… Or, In My Case, $270 Saved Is $270 Earned


I just saved $270 in about one hour. Not too shabby, huh?


How did I accomplish this amazing feat? I fixed some holes in 3 pairs of my hubby’s jeans.


Basic sewing is an incredibly valuable skill. Being able to sew on a button or to fix a broken seam can save quite a bit of money over the years. Not to mention that replacing simple buttons in a basic blouse with unique ones will give you a one of a kind, expensive looking piece to wear.


Yes, there are less expensive jeans out there, but my husband has a 28 inch inseam. Did you know that almost no retailers carry jeans for adult men with a 28 inch inseam? It’s true! The Gap sells them online, and occasionally in their stores, but that’s it. And Gap charges $90/pair. (Yes, I know you can hem jeans, but that’s another issue in and of itself, so I’m not going into it here.)


Back to my saving money coup, after letting the jeans sit in my closet for a couple of years, I finally bought the thread I needed to fix them. It was quite simple, and I think they turned out well. See?




Have you ever tried your hand at sewing?

If so, what was your most successful project?

If not, what would you like to learn to sew?


Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

14 thoughts on “A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned… Or, In My Case, $270 Saved Is $270 Earned

  1. I am very glad I can sew. I was sewing my own clothes when I was only 12 years old. And I’ve transformed many items of clothing by changing the buttons (as you mentioned) or changing a long-sleeved blouse into a short-sleeved one and that sort of thing…. By the way, it is difficult to find appropriate clothing for a husband who isn’t a large man. To find a small sportscoat for my husband is almost impossible. (I’ve suggested shopping in the boys’ department, but he won’t do that.)


    • Thanks for your reading my blog! Sewing is super useful!

      Regarding clothing for my husband, we have had a lot of luck at Kohl’s. They sell slim and short sizes in menswear, and it has helped us considerably. Perhaps there is a Kohl’s near you with smaller sports coats.


  2. I’ve been sewing since I was 12. Though I do t make too any garments these days, I do sew on buttons, hem, etc., and you are right about it saving money.


  3. Young people don’t know the value of a dollar and can’t be bothered to sew on a button of fix a tear if they can pay someone else to do it. Sigh.


  4. I’m slowly but surely increasing my sewing skills – but still take my jeans to my dad when they need hemmed!


  5. Nice job! This is on my list of things to learn. My mother-in-law was an amazing mender of jeans. The way she did it, you could barely tell they had been mended. At the time, of course, I couldn’t see the point of All That Work. I’m singing a different tune now that it’s too late to learn her tricks. Ah well, lost opportunities.


  6. I used to make furnishings and my own clothes plus some for our children. In the attic, thirty two paper patterns are stored. I used two of them for my wedding dress. My slightly battered portable sewing machine is nearly fifty years old. School taught me to hand sew while my grandmother inspired me to embroider and my mother made my party clothes. Like you, I enjoy mending and also updating and customising clothes. Why not be original!


  7. My sister and I had no choice but to learn to sew as girls. (strict parents) I can sew anything now – and I mean anything. Including tailored men’s wear. Vogue patterns still sells gorgeous men’s wear patterns, and there are a couple of good books out there, one especially for constructing men’s dress shirts.

    Right now, I am making cloth handkerchiefs, and a fitted, washable, protective cover for my antique couch. It has upholstery that is very appealing to our cats.

    I am very grateful to my parents for insisting that this one skill would be so valuable.


  8. I have the opposite problem. My husband has a 36 inch inseam which is difficult to find, especially with a 32/34 inch waist! Unfortunately you can’t add fabric at the end. We usually order online as well. As for the sewing, I learned way back in home ec classes starting in 5th grade. It was mandatory for 5-8th grade, boys and girls. I excelled at sewing and did quite a bit until life got too crazy. I do have a pair of oants waiting to be made into shorts…hopefully soon!


  9. Like MamaD above, I have a different problem here. Young Son needs a 38″ inseam. Very tough to find. I started sewing a lot when my two younger children were young. Clothes needed altering or mending often. There were many disasters, but progress over time. Now there are few things I fear. And we save a lot of money.


  10. Reblogged this on Kentucky Mountain Girl News and commented:
    KMGN: Just because.


  11. I darn socks.
    Good on you for your sewing work.


  12. Omg. I have a factory job which means I wear old dirty ink covered jeans and you would die if you saw the insane amount of patches I’ve put into them. I got some old jeans for patches from freecycle and I swear, it’s saved me so much money!!!


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