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What's the best way to repair it?
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Date: 5/7/10 10:42 PM

I know this happens to plenty of women... over time, the fabric along the seamline wears out on the inner thighs of your jeans from your legs rubbing together. This happens eventually to all my favorite jeans that I wear most often. It's always hard to repair because the problem isn't that the seam comes apart, but that the fabric weakens and tears along the seam line. I've tried various methods but they're never very successful. (Usually it involves some kind of fusible patch or interfacing ironed on and reinforced with stitching.) Does anyone have a good way to fix this?

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Date: 5/8/10 0:01 AM

Not an answer to your question, but usually by the time my seams start pulling apart, the jeans are a couple of years old, so I don't repair them. As I said, not an answer to your question! Although I confess I am now wondering if you need to find a new brand of jeans.

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Date: 5/8/10 2:02 AM

I agree with Joan, not worth repairing. But if they fit really well, take them apart and make a pattern to make your own.

If you make your own, you can reinforce the inner thigh to avoid them wearing out so fast.

You can also reinforce new jeans with knee patches on the inside of the leg. My mum used to do this with my brother's pants a s a kid. She put knee patches on the inside of the knees and he no longer wore them out.

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Date: 5/8/10 2:52 AM

This happens to me too and I usually iron woven interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric and then I sew with different colors of blue over the weakened area. Cut of the extra interfacing on the back.

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Date: 5/8/10 8:05 AM

Back in the 70's, we used to stitch cotton calico fabric (printed fabric--not the muslin type) in this area and move it back around to the back. We did it on Levi's because they were really expensive back then (as I know jeans still are). I'd seen some really creative work---scallops, hearts, etc. Really cute!

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Date: 5/8/10 10:56 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I just want to get some more life out of these until I make my own jeans, which is the next project on my list. Plus, the rest of the jeans are in perfectly good condition, and it bothers me to ditch them just for that one problem!

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Date: 5/8/10 11:38 AM

I can so relate to the "wear out the inner thighs when the rest of the pants is perfectly fine" thing. I've been dealing with this issue since I was a teenager.

I've done a couple of different things over the years -- back in the late 60's and early 70's I sewed funky cotton patches over the holes and then in strategic places on other parts of the pants thinking it wouldn't be noticed so much as a repair and more as a statement.

For many years I just patched them and kept them for yardwork/painting pants although I always had way more "working pants" than ones I could wear in public.

A couple of years ago I had this really great pair of black jeans that I loved and wore the inner thighs out on fairly quickly -- I opened up the inseam; cut out a strip that included the worn area from one leg hem all the way to the other and added another strip of fabric (I used a black denim that was a slightly different colour) making it a design feature. You would not believe the number of people that asked me where I got my pants and actually had some ask me to alter their perfectly fine jeans to add the design feature -- go figure.

Recently, for the first time in my life, I actually had to dispose of a pair of jeans that had perfectly fine inner thighs -- I lost enough weight fast enough that they didn't have time to wear out before they got too big. I'm hoping to continue that trend.

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Date: 5/8/10 2:34 PM

I use a piece of flannel cut on the bias, on the inside of the seam - the patch is longer than the worn area and goes up to the crotch seam and back down to other leg in one continuous piece. I use a serpentine stitch on my sewing machine with C&C chambray color thread, it blends really nicely with faded, worn out denim.

I attach the patch around the perimeter of the worn area and then working from the right side, stitch in multiple directions to support the worn area and get it attached to the patch. When I'm finished I just trim the excess patch from the back ... don't worry about the edges, with all the thread used to reinforce the worn area, the patch won't ravel.

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Date: 5/9/10 5:23 PM

I've done this once, using black tape on faded black jean shorts. The tape was the width of the overlapped seam (about 1/2"?). It was a while ago, but I think that it was probably plain cotton tape. I sewed the tape all the way up the inside seam on both legs, on the outside of the jeans. I didn't have a sewing machine at the time so did this by hand (I really wanted to save the shorts!). This worked surprisingly well; I was expecting the tape to wear out quickly but it lasted longer than the rest of the shorts.

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Date: 5/9/10 7:37 PM

This is exactly how I do it as well, except I use a different fabric for the patch. I use a one sided fleece, the kind that's soft on one side and knit on the other because mostly these days I'm repairing jeans that are stretch denim and the patch has to stretch a little bit too. The soft side goes against the skin.

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