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Repairing Clothing

  • Is it damaged? Determining whether something needs repair is similar to determining selection and cleanliness. The criteria must be flexible because we don't know when something will be damaged or if it was damaged on purpose. How the article is used can impact the decision. For example, a missing top button doesn't prevent wearing a shirt on which you never button the top button. The requirement is that determining when an article of clothing needs to be repaired must be customizable.

  • How and when should it be repaired? Once you've determined that you need to repair an article of clothing, you have to determine how you are going to repair it. There will be limitations based on the article of clothing. For example, using duct tape to repair a tear in a business suit is unacceptable, whereas it is perfectly fine for a "work on the car" sweatshirt—possibly preferable because you have duct tape easily available for fixing the car. You also have to look at the abilities and time you have for making repairs. You might not have a sewing machine or even the ability to sew. Finally, you have to decide whether it is worth making the repair. If it costs less to buy a new item, you probably shouldn't make the repair. In other words, you need to determine what kind of repairs are needed, determine how they need to get done, evaluate whether it is worth making them, and then initiate the repair. The requirement is that a process with specific customizable steps needs to be supported for deciding on and initiating repairs.

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