Materials: First section of Patching Sampler.

The hemmed patch is the strongest and the one most commonly used for repairing garments. The patch will not be noticeable if the pattern is skilfully matched. When matching stripes or plaids always turn on the line where the color changes, never through the middle of a stripe. Ten minutes spent on a paper pattern will prevent the mistakes beginners usually make in this exercise.

Trim the patch and crease a quarter-inch fold on the four sides. In the large piece cut a hole in the center, found by folding, and place the patch over this. Baste around it, matching pattern carefully.

Do not allow pupils to go any farther until the patch is basted on exactly right. Turn to the right side and cut out the part supposed to be worn by the following successive steps:

1. Measure one-half inch (or as near it as the pattern will permit) from the edge of the patch, using pins for marking the line where it is to be cut.

2. Cut out the center, leaving about one-half inch extending over the patch.

3. Clip the coiners diagonally the exact width of the fold to be turned in. Take great care and do not cut in too far, as this will spoil the patch.

4. Turn in the edge, baste and hem.

5. Hem the patch on the wrong side.