As Seen On TV - Mighty Mendit

How many times have you accidentally torn something but didn't have time to sew it back together?

Better yet, how many people actually know how to sew?

With Mighty Mendit, you're supposed to be able to repair items such as ripped pants or even a broken leather strap on a purse or shoe. Also, if you have a hem that's loose, you're supposed to be able to quickly and permanently mend it.

I began my test with a pair of jeans. You just put a little of the Mighty Mendit in strips of one to three inches. They say it's not a glue, but rather a special bonding agent that interlocks the fibers of basically any fabric. We'll find out if the product lives up to that claim.

When I came back to the jeans an hour later, I was unable to pull apart the mend.

I also tested the product on the hem of a pair of dress pants. After letting the mend sit for about a minute, it seemed to be holding quite well.

Clothes mended with Mighty Mendit are supposed to be machine washable, as long as you use cold water and dry on a low temperature. I'm going to wash the jeans a few times to see if the bond really holds.

An important detail to note: Mighty Mendit says on the packaging that dry-cleaning will dissolve the bond. So in this case, the Mighty Mendit is probably just a temporary solution.

In another test, I tried to mend a leather strap on the back of a dress shoe. A little dab of Mighty Mendit was all I seemed to need. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I was able to tug at the strap and the bond held.

A month later I retested the pants and shoe.

The leather strap was still holding, despite me tugging on it every morning when putting on the shoe.

The hem on the pants is also still holding. On the inside you can kind of see where the Mighty Mendit is, but it doesn't show on the outside.

And remember that pair of jeans I tore and patched? It's still holding. I've washed it about a half-dozen times. In fact, I've used warm water and dried in low temperature and it's still holding.

Now don't go firing your tailor, but if you have a short-term emergency where you need to mend a strap or you have a hem that's come loose, the Mighty Mendit worked mighty well and gets the thumbs up.

If you watch the video for this story, you will see that I mended the pair of jeans right on the pant leg. That was more to illustrate how it works. For aesthetic purposes, it works best on pockets or seams.

I bought Mighty Mendit from Walgreens for $10, but you can find it at a lot of stores and all over the internet.

For more information about Mighty Mendit, visit the product's website at

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