Hubs has about worn his blue jeans out. I guess that’s what happens when you wear nothing but blue jeans 7 days a week for a solid year. Normally, he wears khakis to work, but since he now works from home most of the time – it’s blue jeans.
I noticed holes next to the back pockets on his jeans when I was sorting clothes for laundry. You know where the corner of the pocket is sewn to the jeans? Well, I could stick my finger through said holes.
Time to get out the sewing machine.
1. Iron on denim patch in similar shade
2. Regular polyester thread in a matching shade
3. Size 90/14 denim needle
4. Regular or narrow presser foot
- Trim away loose threads from around the hole.
- Cut a piece from the denim patch large enough to cover the hole plus .5″ – 1″ extra all the way around.
- Fuse denim piece to wrong side of jeans. Be sure to center patch over the hole. Follow manufacturer’s directions to ensure the patch sticks.
- Change needle and thread machine.
- From the right side, sew back and forth over patch using a straight stitch until hole is filled in. You could also follow your manual’s directions for machine darning, if you like.
For a rip, follow the same directions, only use a 3 step zigzag stitch to go over the ripped area at least 3x to make sure the edges stay together. Use a straight stitch and go back & forth to fill in any remaining holes.
I found some Coats & Clark jeans thread my local Joann’s. It was a spot-on match for the jeans. Unfortunately, it shredded like crazy, even after changing the needle. I switched to regular C&C thread. Worked like a charm.
My Featherweight actually did a better job of repairing the hole than my big fancy sewing machine. I think the narrow, hinged presser foot made all the difference. A narrow, adjustable zipper foot might also do the trick on machines with a 5-7mm stitch width opening.