If you’re anything like me (and Himself in this case) then you get holes in your jeans in the most unsightly of places. I know, I know, I KNOW that this is all totally fine by the Fashion Police and holes in clothes are en vogue but I really can’t cope with it. And let’s face it – no one wants crotch holes in their trousers. Well, when I say no one I’m sure there are some people that think it’s a Good Look but not me.
We might have something else in common and that’s that we simply can’t stand to buy new clothes when the old ones will more than do the job. There is nothing I hate more than shopping. But that’s another story…..
Actually this reminds me of a story that a lady told me recently at the Clevedon Sunday Market. Her Grandson bought himself a pair of super dooper expensive jeans that were ripped in a designer way. You know the sort….rips in the knees, thighs, butt and everywhere else so that the only thing holding them together was hope and thread. Anyhow, the button fell off so he gave them to granny to mend. She failed to realise that they were Fashionably Ripped and she went ahead and not only sewed the button on but mended all those designer holes in his jeans. He wasn’t best pleased with her alteration to his £200 jeans. I adored that story though! She is a lady after my own heart. And quite honestly I’d expect better from a £200 pair of jeans.
Anyhow, Himself handed me these the other day. They were spectacularly ripped all along the crotch at the back of the jeans. How they got to be quite so bad is a mystery. Himself has a habit of ripping his trousers in this place frequently! And over the years I have tried dozens of methods of mending them and this one works the best and is the least noticeable. Not to mention the most comfortable to wear.
You want to gather the hole together with your fingers as you feed it into the machine. The idea is to match up the raw edges of the jeans with no over lap. Sometimes I have cut away the excess but as the edges were still actually connected to each other by strained threads I didn’t bother in this instance.
I do this when the jeans are settled into the machine but with the presser foot raised.
You can use pins to keep the edges together if you wish but I didn’t bother. I find it easier to gently ease the fabric with my fingers.
If the hole is very wide and you can’t match the raw edges up without distorting the shape of your jeans then you need to get them as close as possible. If the hole is very large you might need to apply some tear away interfacing behind the hole to give the stitches you are going to sew some solidity. If you can ease the edges together enough then you really don’t need to do this.
You need to position the rip in a horizontal position so that when you sew the first few stitches you will sew directly over the rip. You’re going to be going forward and backwards a lot!
You will want to make sure you have thread that matches up with the material you are mending as best you can. The idea of this technique is that you build up the layers of stitches until you recreate a ‘fabric’ made from your stitches.
I sewed with blue thread which is night on impossible to see, so I’ve drawn an approximation of the stitches in red for you. You can see that there is no style or precision to this technique. You’re just aiming to get the open edges to be not so open anymore.
Don’t sew over your pins (if you’ve used them) as it’s so dangerous! I’ve known needles to fly across the room when they’ve hit a pin during sewing. Heaven forbid if there was an eye in the route!
Do the back and forth sewing MORE. And more again. And again! You’ll have to turn the jeans under the needle from time to time to get full coverage. It really doesn’t matter where you sew or in which direction. Just avoid moving the fabric without the needle being in the down position – like you normally would when sewing. And be careful when you turn the jeans not to bend or break the needle.
Keep going with the stitching!
Band and forth, back and forth over and over again makes new ‘fabric’ where once there was a hole. And you’ll start to get something like this.
I’ve left the stitches blue now so you can see what it’s starting to look like.
Huzzah! You’re all finished and those jeans don’t have a great big hole in the crotch anymore!
You can try and mend other parts of the jeans with holes in in the same manner but the narrower the leg – the harder it is to do. Skinny jeans with holes in the knees don’t have much space to rotate them. Plus if they are stretch then you may well lose the drape and elasticity of the fabric with this technique.
I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful and it inspires you to go ahead and mend your jeans rather than buying new ones. If you’ve got any questions or comments then please feel free to ask away!
Thanks and happy mending xx