Bed sheets are an integral design component in bedroom decor. Color- and pattern-specific to the room's design, sheeting reinforces your room's decor theme, lending a soft touch to stiff structural elements like furniture. Over time, even finely threaded sheets suffer from wear and tear -- not to mention puppy teeth and cat claws. Whether from an abrupt event like a rip of the top sheet, or a weakened portion of the bottom sheet slowly shredding into a hole, you can extend the life of your sheets through mending. Hand sewing rips or holes is one option, but machine stitching ensures firmer, longer lasting repairs.
Thread the machine with thread that matches the sheet. Attach the darning foot to the sewing machine. Lower the feed dogs or slip on the feed dog cover, as provided by your sewing machine manufacturer. Check the instructions provided with the sewing machine -- or the darning foot, if purchased separately from the machine. You may also need to set the stitch length to zero.
Trim any loose threads from the sides of the rip. Slightly overlap the two sides of the rip.
Holding the fabric firmly in place on the sewing machine, lower the pressure foot. Begin darning the rip by making small circular stitching lines along the length of the rip. Should your sewing option be zig-zag stitch only, you'll create multiple rows of stitching over the rip and on either side by using the reverse button to alternate between forward and backward stitching rows.
Reinforce the initial darning swirls of stitching by creating more darning stitches on either side of the rip, slightly overlapping the original stitches. Repeat until the rip and surrounding fabric is stabilized. Remove the sheet from the sewing machine.
Trim thread ends and iron the mended rip, checking that all rip edges are firmly reattached.
Thread the machine with your selection of thread. Attach the darning foot to the sewing machine and either lower the feed dogs or slip on the feed dog cover, as provided by your sewing machine manufacturer.
Cut two pieces of fabric with pinking shears 2 inches larger than the sheet hole. Cut a piece of fusible webbing 1/2 inch smaller around the perimeter than the fabric pieces. Trim any loose threads from the edge of the hole.
Pin one piece of fabric to the underside of the sheet hole. Place the fusible webbing on the top side, and arrange the final piece of pinked fabric over the webbing. Pin all in place. Following manufacturer-provided webbing instructions, iron until the fabric pieces and sheet are secured to the webbing.
Place the fabric hole area under the darning pressure foot. Beginning at one edge, stitch through all layers using small, circular darning stitches. Repeat the circular stitching motions over the surface of the fabric patches. Should your machine be zig zag-only, stitch around the perimeter of the fabric patches, pivoting at corners, and then fill in the hole by using the sewing machine's reverse button to create multiple forward and backward rows of zig-zag stitching.
Remove the sheet from the sewing machine. Trim any loose threads, check that the hole is securely covered by the fabric patches, and iron the mended hole.