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TamNearPDX
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Date: 2/28/11 0:55 AM

My DstepD brought me some jeans to repair today... What is the best way to repair jeans that have a hole in the back where it attaches to the pocket? This happens to my jeans too.

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Date: 2/28/11 2:34 AM

Could you post a photo of what you're dealing with?

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Date: 2/28/11 7:26 AM

This is what I do for those holes. I would attach a photo but am getting ready for work.

-I use a washable glue stick to attach a piece of fabric on the inside of the jeans covering the hole (fabric bigger than the hole, of course).
-Turn the jeans right-side-up and with the feed dogs down and your embroidery foot on the sewing machine do a darning type motion all around and over the hole to reinforce that entire area. Use a size 16 jeans needle.

It's a little tricky to go up and over the pocket edge, then back down but it does work.

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Date: 2/28/11 9:38 AM

You need to do what Barb suggested. By the time you actually have a hole, you should probably stitch around the edge of your patch, as well. Any kind of glue is eventually going to wear out.

For this, you can also cut the patch on the bias, so you don't need to finish the edges.

If this happens to your pants a lot, you can sew in the stay (patch) as soon as you've washed the pants. Since these pockets always fail at the top of the pocket, you just need to reinforce the corners.

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Date: 2/28/11 10:15 AM

Good question because I have a pair of jeans with exactly that same problem!

I don't have an embroidery foot, though. Can I just do the darning "freestyle" with no foot at all?

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Date: 2/28/11 11:10 AM

I just fixed several pairs of my son's pants for this problem.

I use a surgical seam ripper to slice the threads of the pocket and peel it back. I sew on a patch (the patch is underneath) of the holey area and go a little wider than the damaged area so I'm able to sew the patch into stronger fabric. I sew the pocket back on. Much neater looking.

I have problems getting that big lump of pocket at the corner under the presser foot if I try to darn the area.

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Date: 2/28/11 12:00 PM

What I do is fuse a piece of fusible woven interfacing. I don't use glue. Then I proceed to "darn" as described in Barb's post.

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Date: 2/28/11 12:08 PM

Ha! That's exactly what I did for my husband's jeans. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew just the adhesive on the patch wasn't going to be enough. It doesn't look pretty, but he can wear his "work" jeans when he needs to run to Lowe's without showing off his undies.

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Date: 2/28/11 12:15 PM

Interfacing for repairing is fine if the jeans won't be given hard use. I've found denim patches wear the best long term.

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Date: 2/28/11 1:23 PM

I do the interfacing + darning thing to hold down the loose threads, then I sew a patch over the top (the right side). I sew around the edges of that using a tight zig-zag. On my pants, I cut the patch into a heart shape, on my husbands I just cut a geometric shape that covers the hole. Sometimes I have to do the edges of the patch by hand - I've never tried taking the pocket off, but it sounds like a really good idea.

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