TUTORIAL Darning a sock at the heel using the Swift Darning LoomJune 12, 2021
It’s been a while, hello! I’ve actually recorded a bunch of demos but haven’t been brave enough to edit them. This one, I did just this morning and made sure that I recorded it such that I could get away with minimal editing. It was unscripted and only loosely planned, so bear with me! I’ve sped up the repetitive parts, but as always, you can change the playback speed yourself as well, pause and re-watch parts as you need. It’s why I’m putting these on YouTube and not some other platform! 😀
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Here are some more tips on using a mini darning loom like the Swift Darner to reinforce an area prone to wear. I am darning a sock just above the heel, but this technique can be used on any garments with a small amount of stretch.
An important thing to consider when loading your garment onto the work surface is making sure that it is stretched evenly! This goes for something like a sock that has a bit of stretch to it as well as something like denim that does not stretch — you need to make sure that the work is not distorted out of shape if you want your patch to stay square. As you can see in the video, mine was stretched more near the top than it was at the bottom. It’s not a big deal & I was still able to get an effective darn in this case, but if I had loaded it on more carefully it would have looked even tidier. There are just a LOT of details to attend to with this work! Fortunately, the darning loom makes certain details go a lot smoother – like making it very easy to get a nice even weave. What else do you like about darning with a mini loom?
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00:25 Loading garment onto loom
01:34 Threading needle
02:29 Defining the outer boundary of your patch
** If you are working with a woven garment, mark all 4 outer boundaries of where you want your patch to sit BEFORE you load it onto the loom. This way, you will make sure that your patch stays the size and shape that you are going for.
06:00 Starting to anchor the warp (vertical) threads
06:46 How much yarn do you need? Answer: work with lengths as long as are manageable for you and attach more when you run out. I haven’t worked out a formula for how much you need, yet. Have you?
08:00 Attaching the weft (horizontal) threads
18:13 The final rows!
19:14 Removing the loom
20:01 Binding off
23:33 Weaving ends in