Mending Jeans

I bike to work regularly, even during winter. As a result my jeans wear off often, every time in the same place, let's call it "the saddle area". I used to take the jeans back home and ask mum to do it. She would just go to her "work room" power up her good old sewing machine and get it done in no time.

Since we decided last year to buy a sewing machine, I thought I could try and do it myself. It is very easy and hardly noticeable once the patch is made.
You will need a pair of jeans to fix, a jeans patch a bit bigger than the hole (+2cm, 1 inch) and thread.

There's a trick about the thread (thanks mum), use grey or light grey thread. Using blue thread, even if it's the same colour as the jeans will produce a noticeable patch.

Place the patch on the inside of the jeans and secure it with pins, take care to stretch both the jeans and the patch.

Load the top thread with the grey coloured thread (the under carrier is not so important), select a wide zig-zag stitch (5mm width) and reduce the length (advance) to 1 to 2mm (a bit like the bottom right stitch of figure 2 here).
Lock both fabrics under the zig-zag presser foot starting from 2cm/1 inch outside the hole to cover, sew until 2cm/1 inch the hole end. Repeat in reverse.

When you reach the place where you started, move the needle to the top most position, release the feet, move the fabrics 5mm (about the width of the stitch) to the side, press the feet and repeat until the hole is covered.

Here is the patch finished. The good news are it is hardly noticeable, the bad news are, that usually if you do this in one leg, chances are the other leg's fabric will also fail in a few weeks.


mjd said...

This is such a cool article, thank you!

I also like to repair my jeans. Another idea is to not try to hide the repair: Use the brightest thread you can. I have some pairs of jeans that are 10 or more years old, and the fabric itself has started to weaken all over. That means lots of holes to mend. I use a different colour thread for each patch job, and all the patches become something to show off, not hide. Lots of people have complimented me on them. Of course, since the fabric has started to fail, the jeans don't last very long (another six months or so) but it's a nice colourful way to see out an old faithful and comfortable pair of jeans.

Anonymous said...

Gracias con ésto puedo salvar mis jeans favoritos.

Anonymous said...

Instead of doing a zigzag, I just do a straight stich back and forth until I have a "sun" design. It catches the jeans outside the torn area and hold pretty well.