Can I use fix for talking about clothes?
For example :

My mother fixed the hole in my jeans.

Or is there a better verb I should use?

  • I normally use mended for clothes.
    – hjpotter92
    Mar 7, 2013 at 16:36
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    I only use mend if it involves a needle and thread. You might fix the hole in your jeans with an iron-on patch. I think fix is fine for everyday conversation. Even in everyday conversation I'd probably say, "My mom sewed up the hole in my jeans" rather than mended if needle and thread were involved.
    – Jim
    Mar 7, 2013 at 17:23
  • Does the verb mend imply how we are doing it? I know the verb darn indirectly imply thread and needle because darning is to repair by means of stitches interwoven with one another. Mar 7, 2013 at 20:15

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Although fix is entirely valid, a native speaker would probably use the verb mend when talking about clothes:

I've mended the hole in my socks.

I'm mending this tear in my jacket.

I need to mend my shirt before tomorrow.

  • I think you're right. For me, mend is a general word for repairing (e.g.) clothes, and it's not specific to needle and thread as it is for @Jim. Dictionaries seem to agree with you, too.
    – user230
    Mar 7, 2013 at 20:57

As noted in previous answer, phrases fix clothes , repair clothes, and mend clothes are used. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Another common term is to patch, meaning to apply a piece of cloth as a patch (sense 1). Reweaving or invisible mending are more-subtle fixes.


You can, but I don't think it's commonly used that way. It's better to use a verb specific to the activity, such as mend, patch, sew, alter, etc.
Also you are better communicating what actually occurred rather than generalizing.


Yes you can! You can fix your clothes or repair them or mend them and can find out it by googling. About a better verb I doubt because people use all three.


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