According to the manufacturer, Mighty Mendit is a liquid adhesive that will permanently repair rips and tears in any fabric, able to hold its bond even after washing. The commercial shows an actor mending everything from torn trousers to a parachute with ease. But most Mighty Mendit users find that this as-seen-on-TV product is not a permanent solution to any of their mending needs.
When put to the test by reviewers, Mighty Mendit works as a temporary fix on some fabrics, primarily denim, but it fails to hold a bond on most other fabrics, including cotton, leather and furniture upholstery. When fabrics are washed afterwards, the bond almost always comes apart. It's also described as sticky and messy to work with, which leads most users to deem it suitable for emergency fixes only. Consumers who try Mighty Mendit also say the commercial doesn't mention the two-hour drying time that's required or the strict washing rules (cold water only and no dry cleaning).
Several TV news reporters try Mighty Mendit to see if it works, and they all have disappointing results. KDKA in Pittsburgh tests Mighty Mendit with a professional seamstress and finds that it only holds up when used on denim. KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., tries it out with a clothing-store owner and deems it a dud when it fails to hold a bond on any of the test fabrics. KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., also tries Mighty Mendit on a variety of fabrics, and it fails on every one. A YouTube.com user posts a video in which he tries Mighty Mendit on a few fabrics, and finds it only works on denim. A few customers on Amazon.com have success using Mighty Mendit, while others say it doesn't work for them and complain that it stains some fabrics.
1. KDKA (Pittsburgh)
Reporter Yvonne Zanos brings Mighty Mendit to a professional seamstress to test it on a variety of fabrics. They use it on denim, leather and upholstery fabric, and are discouraged by the two-hour setting time that isn't mentioned in the Mighty Mendit commercial. When the test fabrics are checked after 24 hours, the denim holds up to a tugging test but the leather and upholstery do not. Since there are similar products available for less money, testers say they won't be using Mighty Mendit again.
Review: Does It Really Do That: Mighty Mendit, Yvonne Zanos, Oct. 20, 2008
2. KLRT (Little Rock, Ark.)
Jeremy Baker tests Mighty Mendit with the owner of a men's clothing store. They use it on a pair of jeans, a shirt pocket, a teddy bear and a pillow. While it initially holds each item together, it doesn't achieve a permanent bond. When the jeans and shirt are washed after a few days, the Mighty Mendit fixes fall apart. The seal on the pillow doesn't hold up, either. Although Mighty Mendit works as a temporary fix in an emergency situation, Baker says the product is a dud.
Review: Deal or Dud: Mighty Mendit, Jeremy Baker, March 27, 2009
3. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Lauren Keith tries Mighty Mendit on several fabrics and products. She finds it stringy and hard to squeeze out of the bottle, and it gets all over her hands. After using Mighty Mendit to fix a torn pant seam and allowing it to dry for two hours, the seam holds. Once the pants are washed a few days later, however, the seam rips apart. The Mighty Mendit bond doesn't hold on a torn purse, pillow, watchband or leather suspenders. It works on some non-clothing items, like a broken mirror and a metallic box, but she gives it a D-plus grade due to its price and the fact that it is neither a permanent solution nor easy to work with.
Review: Mighty Mend-it: Does it Work?, Lauren Keith, Jan. 22, 2009
In this video, Mighty Mendit is used on denim, leather and a cotton fabric. After two hours of setting, only the denim holds up. The Mighty Mendit seams on the leather and the cotton easily pull apart. Although the denim patch does hold, the tester isn't convinced it will hold up permanently.
Review: The Product Tester: Mighty Mendit, "TheProductTester", Jan. 18, 2009
About 10 customers review Mighty Mendit on Amazon.com, with mixed results; it works for some users, but not for others. Some users have success using Mighty Mendit on vinyl tile, sofa fabric and ripped clothing; others find that it does not hold its bond to anything they try it on, and also complain that it stains some fabrics and leaves a visible glue-like seam.
Review: Mighty Mendit, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Pitch: "Even if you've never sewed a stitch, you can sew like a pro with Sewing Genie."
March 2009. The Sewing Genie is a tiny 3-pound sewing machine that promises to offer all of the benefits of a larger machine. It is only 8 inches high and runs on 4 AA batteries or an AC/DC adaptor. A foot pedal controls the speed of the needle. Unlike full-sized sewing machines, the Genie can only make a standard straight stitch (no zigzag or anything else). You also get a couple of spools of thread, some extra needles and a threading tool.
Reviews are not good for the Sewing Genie. The most common complaint is that the bobbin is difficult to thread. Many reviewers barely get a chance to try the Sewing Genie because they can't figure out how to thread the bobbin. The instructions in the manual are unclear or -- according to one reviewer -- incorrect. (And in some cases, a manual isn't even included in the package.) Owners also complain about the plastic construction, which makes the Sewing Genie unsteady and loud. There are reports of bent or jammed needles and broken thread. Overall, the Sewing Genie gets low average ratings from owners wherever we looked.
People with sewing experience seem a bit happier with the Sewing Genie than are beginners. Jackie Reis, a quilter who reviews the Sewing Genie for a Texas news show, praises the Sewing Genie for its good stitch quality. Others say the machine is fine for sewing on patches, simple hems or for mending a seam. However, most say the Sewing Genie is just too limited for much more; you can't sew in reverse to lock a stitch and there's only one stitch size.
The Sewing Genie has not been included in professional comparison testing. In a news report for a television station in Texas, a reporter brings the machine to a quilt store for testing by a woman who sews. We found detailed user reviews at AssociatedContent.com and Epinions.com. The Sewing Genie is also reviewed by users at Amazon.com and InfomercialRatings.com.
1. WCBD (Lubbock, TX)
On this television news show, a reporter takes the Sewing Genie to a quilt store for testing by Jackie Reis. Reis says that the machine provides a "well-balanced" stitch that holds the fabric closely together. However, she also notes that it feels unsteady and is noisy.
Review: The Sewing Genie: Does It Work?, WKCBD staffers, July 10, 2002
The Sewing Genie receives one review at Epinions.com, but the review is very detailed. The writer is a professional sewer who was hoping to find a portable machine for travel. She states that the Sewing Genie is ideal for light jobs, such as patching a seam or sewing a hem, but not for much else. The machine is also judged loud and hard to control until you get used to it.
Review: Sewing Genie Sewing Machine, Contributor to Epinions.com, Aug. 7, 2004
In this long user review, Slate Stone says the Sewing Genie works fine for patching, to add a hem, or to finish a seam or edge. The writer does note that threading the bobbin is difficult at first. After the article, a few readers beg for instruction on how to thread the bobbin.
Review: Sewing Genie Product Review: As Seen on TV Portable Compact Sewing Machine, Slate Stone, Oct. 5, 2006
A handful of contributors to Amazon.com give the Sewing Genie overwhelmingly negative reviews. Complaints include bent needles, jammed needles, and broken thread. The one reviewer who is happy with this machine states that it is essential (and tricky) for the bottom bobbin to be loaded correctly.
Review: Sewing Genie with BONUS Handstitcher, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Sewing Genie receives poor comments from reviewers here. Many say it's cheaply made. Several people have trouble threading the bobbin and complain that the needles break and the machine jams. The one reviewer who is pleased with the Sewing Genie concedes that threading the needle takes practice.
Review: Sewing Genie Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com
There are no reviews on this site, but people post questions about problems they are having with the Sewing Genie. The two main problems concern missing instructional manuals and bobbins that are difficult to thread.
Review: Problems with As Seen On TV Sewing Genie Mechanical Sewing Machine?, Contributors to FixYa.com