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Meredith1950
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Date: 12/15/12 2:23 AM

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I have a few pairs of pants(jeans type) that I have made that fit fairly well ( some wrinkles at cb towards side) and they have after some time developed wear on the fabric at upper inner thigh, what could cause this and how do I fix it on next pair. Thank you for your help Meredith

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Date: 12/15/12 5:22 AM

The more synthetic fiber in your fabric the more likely this is to happen. Acrylic is notorious for this.

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Date: 12/15/12 9:22 AM

Friction. There is probably no fix as far as sewing the pants differently. Clothes just wear out with lots of use.

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Date: 12/16/12 4:01 PM

During the past year, I've made three pair of pants out of Stretch & Sew 150. Each was made from a double knit fabric that looks and wears a lot like a ponte knit. The fiber content of the first pair from Fabric.com is 95% Polyester/5% Lycra. The second pair is Ponte de Roma from Jo-Ann's and has 58% Polyester/40% Rayon/2% Spandex. The third pair, Sophia (MFG: Logantex) from Nancys Notions, had 67% Polyester/30% Rayon/3% Spandex in them. The first pair pilled the worst, so badly in fact, that they will be going into the trash. The second pair pilled a lot less all over than the first, but still pilled enough to notice, even after washing and drying inside out. The last pair has been washed and dryed inside out four times and still has no sign of pilling. The one common fiber in all three pair of pants is polyester, but the last pair hasn't displayed a pilling problem. The first pair is almost exclusively polyester so I thought that had to be the culprit. Pair number three, even with a greater percentage of polyester than the second pair, has held up the best. The rayon provides drapability to the fabric in both the second and third pair, but somehow it may have also provided more stability to the polyester component of the fabric. Bottom line: I will continue to make these pants using Sophia double knit since this fabric provides the best stability for the fiber mix.

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Date: 12/16/12 8:36 PM

Friction is the big issue, but the length of the individual fibers is pretty important. If you can imagine short ends sticking up out of the surface, the process might be more comprehensible. That said, some types of fibers are more prone to this kind of thing than others.

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