People had to make their own clothing for the majority of human history, and sewing skills were then passed down from generation to generation. People had to know how to repair clothing items that were torn or damaged in some way because clothing was so time-consuming and labor-intensive to make.
The invention of sewing and knitting machines altered the way we acquired clothing, and the skills that people once possessed have largely vanished. Nowadays, if a sock gets a hole, we throw it away and replace it. Most of us don’t know how to darn a sock or repair a hole in a knit fabric. We find it far easier to replace than to repair.
But there are still some among us who can repair clothing in such a way that it appears as if the rip, tear, or hole never existed, and watching them do it is hypnotic.
A video of someone stitching a hole in a knit sweater went viral on Facebook, with over 17 million views on the original TikTok in August and over 21 million views and 95,000 shares on a Facebook post of the video shared two weeks ago. Why? You simply have to see it.
The video starts with a hole in a light pink knit sweater. The person demonstrates how to fill the hole with a needle, yarn, and a tiny latch hook device, making it appear as if it never existed in the first place. Putting a patch over a hole is one thing, but this is almost magical.
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Of course, what we’re seeing here is a combination of knowledge and experience in the fiber arts, but it appears to be pure sorcery or a really complicated calculus problem. Who came up with this idea? And why is it so enjoyable to watch?
“I watched this whole video and I still don’t know how you did that,” shared one commenter. (Right?!)
“Hey that was pretty neat,” wrote another. “Can you do the ozone layer next?” (Ha.)
“I could watch it a hundred times and still not be able to do this,” wrote another. (Uh, same.)
“My toxic trait is thinking I can do this 😂😂😂,” shared another. (Maybe after watching it two hundred times.)
Congratulations to those who are keeping these skills alive and sharing them with the rest of the world. We may not be passing down this kind of knowledge in most families anymore, but if we really want to learn it, we can use TikTok.