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« on: August 14, 2013 12:59:04 PM »

My sister needed her jeans fixed so she gave them to me. The inner thigh fabric has worn away. I hate it when that happens! I've only darned socks before, so I decided to try something new and attempt to fix the jeans. My dad donated a pair of his old jeans. I used the denim from the lower part of his jeans, so now he has a pair of fabulous cut-offs.






I made a paper pattern.






I cut it out, placed it on the inside of the jeans, pinned, and basted in place. To keep the front and back layers separate, I put a plastic box on the inside of the jeans - kind of like if the pants wearer's leg was made out of a plastic box.




I used a straight stitch to make a zig zag pattern over the worn fabric. Over the holes I used an actual zig zag stitch.




I fixed two pairs of jeans. I used up all my blue thread on the first pair, and then switched to grey for the second. The grey actually looks better. It's way less noticeable.


Thanks for looking! If you have any tips or suggestions on how to do this better, please let me know! In the future I think I'll be fixing my own jeans rather than getting rid of them, and if there is a better way to do this (that has stood up to many washings) I'd like to know. 

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013 01:13:13 PM »

I've actually done this a couple times with my jeans as well, those darn thighs!
Yours look much neater though, not to mention sturdier!
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013 01:21:53 PM »

nice job!  If I ever threw away a pair of my hubby's jeans, he would probably divorce me...I fix them the same way, but he also loves me to patch them with fabric on the outside...sometimes there are patches over patches...

You do a much neater job than I do...I just cut the patch to fit and zig zag away! Great job...but beware--when people find out you repair jeans, you will get many requests Grin...I had to start charging... Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013 02:04:58 PM »

 Cheesy Thank you so much! It took forever to do all of that stitching and I am so impatient.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013 02:08:02 PM »

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You do a much neater job than I do...I just cut the patch to fit and zig zag away! Great job...but beware--when people find out you repair jeans, you will get many requests Grin...I had to start charging... Grin

Ha ha, I know right? In college I charged people on my floor to hem and taper their jeans for them.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013 03:26:41 PM »

That's awesome!  My friend wears out a lot of pairs of her work pants this way.  It's great to know that there's a way to fix it, instead of having to go out and buy new pants.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013 06:31:28 PM »

That is a hard spot to patch -- good work!  The way I patch jeans is very similar.  I've actually used fusible interfacing for the patch on the inside.  And my stitching isn't a nice grid, just a lot of forward and reverse going all the way over the edges.  But it's the same basic concept as yours.  It holds pretty good, and isn't as thick or irritating at the edges.  Either way, the next time they rip it's at the edge of the patch and stitching.
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2013 06:27:18 AM »

Thank you for posting this!  I didn't even think about patching this way, I just slapped a patch on, no darning stitches.  And it was so uncomfortable.  Next time my jeans blow out, I'm going to try this.
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2013 07:02:27 PM »

Thanks for the clear instructions, I may need to try this sometime, although I worry stretch denim won't patch as nicely. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2013 06:54:23 PM »

Thanks for the clear instructions, I may need to try this sometime, although I worry stretch denim won't patch as nicely. 

Aw, geez. Good point. My jeans have some stretch to them, too. When my pants start to wear out, I'll try to patch them entirely with zig-zag instead of straight stitch. I hope it works!
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