I learned how to mend clothing in school and was never very good at it. The emphasis then was in making sure that you could not see the repair. Now it is fashionable to show off the area which has been mended and some pairs of jeans come brand new with 'mending' showing.
So far this week I have mended an apron, a teddy bear, a pair of tights and a shirt. All of which would have been unusable had I not done so. I'm glad that I can mend and even more glad that it does not matter any more if the mending shows !