October’s Repair Café

We had a great range of objects brought along to the repair café in October.IMG_6936

Ross brought along a lovely pair of boots with loose stitching.

IMG_6939IMG_6941First the seams on the toe upper and back were glued back together,

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before a leather needle and some strong thread was used IMG_6953to re-inforce the stitching,
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with help from Sam who trained as a shoemaker.
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Mattia showed someone how to clean the points on their coffee grinder.IMG_6950IMG_6937

Tom initiated a new darner into the world of visible mendingIMG_6944

made even more visible using Sam’s magnifying glass!IMG_6987

A whole host of darners then joined his table.IMG_6979

Introducing our newest volunteer, Felix,IMG_6966

who came along to shadow Ali and help with furniture repair.
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Felix and Dan got to work fixing a small loom which Ali had found in a skip.IMG_6933

Tom then explained how it could be used to weave scarves.
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Tom brought along his kettle with a cracked broken handle.IMG_6948

After he had cleaned the surfaces and scored the metal where it contacted the plastic parts 
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Victoria then formed Sugru (a mouldable glue that turns into rubber) and used it to re-attach the handle and seal the cracks. IMG_6977

One gentleman brought along an alarm clock which he was very fond of for Mattia to diagnose.

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Another lady who was passing by happened to have a favourite bag with a problematic zip.
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Victoria showed her how to sew up the end to stop it coming apart
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and she went away pleased with her fixed bag and new skill!
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Stacey brought in some slippers that were starting to fall apart at the seams.
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Sam showed her how to sew them up again.

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One young lady brought along some ripped jeansIMG_6957

Victoria showed her how to pin a new patch over the knee.
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Then Betty showed her how to use the sewing machine
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and Vikki helped her with some tricky partsIMG_6995

before she proudly showed off her handiwork!IMG_6993A camera with a broken catch

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was glued and left to dry IMG_6994
whilst it’s owner met some other friendly faces and had a cuppa.

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