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« on: May 05, 2009 03:44:05 PM »

I have this pair of jeans that I absolutely love and wear waaay too often. They fit me perfectly and make my butt look cute. Unfortunately, since I wear them so often, they're getting kind of worn out in the booty area. I was just wondering if any of the crafting geniuses here on crafster knew of a way I could fix them so I could still wear them. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009 05:05:28 PM »

I've gotten rid of so many favorite jeans for this reason.
I would of never thought of asking craftster.

I wanna know too, please ! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009 05:36:24 PM »

Iron-on fabric patches are available at most sewing and department stores, if you pick one in a matching color and iron it on the inside of the frayed part it acts like interfacing for it and is not visible from the outside.
It does fall off with a ton of washer/dryer cycles.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009 06:25:14 PM »

What I do when this happens is put a patch from old jeans on the inside (if it's big with interfacing if it's small like that just with the stitches I'm about to explain next). That way when they wear again it's the new jean patch wearing. Then I take a very similar thread and essentially darn a patch over the threadbear parts. Really small stitches looping over the holes, making sure that the frayed bits are on the inside of the stitches.

Did that make sense?
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009 06:28:07 PM »

Iron-on fabric patches are available at most sewing and department stores, if you pick one in a matching color and iron it on the inside of the frayed part it acts like interfacing for it and is not visible from the outside.
It does fall off with a ton of washer/dryer cycles.

I always thought those iron on patches were so ugly..
It makes sense that you would iron those on the inside.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009 06:43:08 PM »

I usually put a patch of scrap denim on the inside with a bit of iron-on interfacing and then sew long zig-zags perpendicular to the thread on the tear. I holds up pretty well.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009 06:45:46 PM »

my boyfriends pants do this and he is very picky about how they fit. i take a dark blue jersey knit, and set it in on the inside then go over the little strings from the denim ripping over and over and over so it gets that kind of store bought "distressed" jeans look. hope that made sense!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009 11:50:42 PM »

Mine's do the same in the thighs. An iron on patch on the inside is unnoticeable on my dark denim. Or you could just ask a seamstress.
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009 04:16:03 PM »

Hehe, well, you could get crazy and do what I did. When one of my oldest pairs gave up the ghost in the knees, I darned the wounds together then hand-appliqued patches in cute fabrics over top. One big horizontal rip is just double-darned with two colours of embroidery floss.

Seeing as how your jeans are dying in the underparts, I don't know how feasible my method would be.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009 08:24:22 AM »

My sister always machine-darns her jeans after this happens to them Grin

Basically, when they've started to wear through at the inseam like yours did, she just takes mom's sewing machine and sews a wide-ish zigzag stitch in a couple of layers all over the worn bit. It's a little like doing freehand machine embroidery.

It works really well because the sewing thread's nylon and harder wearing than normal jeans. If it wears through again later, she adds more zigzag. It doesn't even show because it's in the inseam, especially if you match the thread colour to the jeans (white thread is actually OK for worn jeans). Only reason I don't do this is that my jeans get holes in the butt or on the knees and not in the inseam, so any patch job would be really obvious Sad

The patch idea is great for bigger holes, but for the inseam it might be better for comfort to use a thin but strong fabric rather than thick jean or jersey!
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