Better way of darning holes

I am looking for an easier way to repair holes in socks.
There has got to be a better way than sewing the holes.
Like maybe a flexible material that can be ironed over the hole?
Thanks, Andy
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Andy K

I am looking for an easier way to repair holes in socks.
There has got to be a better way than sewing the holes.
Like maybe a flexible material that can be ironed over the hole?
Thanks, Andy
I have been repairing socks for more than 50 years and the best way I have found has been to buy a light weight yarn of close to the same color yarn that you usually wear socks and use it to darn with to repair with using an in/out weave stitch. I have not found a material similar to something that could be used to mend jeans. Barbara
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Bobbie Sews More
Thanks Barbara.
Darn is much thicker than thread, so it should take less number of stitches.
Andy
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Andy K

Funny this subject should come up this week. I just (finally) donated my DMIL's sewing basket. It was full of interesting things: odd buttons, bits of ribbon, several wooden spools of thread, a package of upholstery needles, and.... a darning egg! I'm pretty sure I had never seen one in the flesh before.
Beverly, who has never darned a sock in her life.
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BEI Design
Alternatively, you could look on darning as being part of the 'slow' movement or a zen experience. Or even take inspiration from the wonderful Tom of Holland who makes darning an art form and from which he has built a successful little business.
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Fran
I am going to have to order a darning needle. All I have are plain old thread ones.
Andy
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Andy K
Many moons ago, when I was a kid, fusible round bits of cotton knit came on the market. You were supposed to darn your socks by fusing a patch over the hole. Usually, by later in the day, you were walking on the balled-up patch.
My mother was very good at mending, but I dreaded wearing darned socks because I could just about guarantee I'd have a blister. Her darning was flat and smooth; I learned, and my darning was flat and smooth, and gave me blisters. I tried a different darning technique. Result: blisters.
Now I say, "darn holey sock!" and toss it at the rag bag, where it becomes a dust cloth, oil rag, serger practice piece, source of ribbing for dog coat leggings...
If it's a hand knit sock, I'll ravel the hole completely out and re-knit with new yarn, but I'm not darning socks.
Kay
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Kay Lancaster
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The difference between a darning needle and a crewel needle is that the darning needle is longer for its thickness. Wikipedia says that darners have blunt tips, but all of mine are sharp.
I darn with a blunt needle, to slip between the threads instead of piercing them. The tapestry needles I use are shorter than the corresponding crewel needles, which is better for nalbinding.
I have been told that interlocking rows of buttonhole stitch are nalbinding of complexity zero.
If the garment isn't precious enough to justify duplicate stitch, interlocking rows of buttonhole are the only way to darn knitting. It stretches the same as knitting, it covers weak threads on both sides, and you can vary the thickness by taking longer or shorter stitches, which makes it easy to blend the darn into the undamaged fabric.
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Joy Beeson

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