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Date: 2/1/14 8:57 AM

I need to replace a pocket in my hubby's pants. Is there a place online that will show me how do this. Or any tips would be great
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Date: 2/1/14 6:50 PM

They do even sell inner front/side kind pants pocket replacements, bagged up and sealed up in plastic, hanging on the notions racks in the big chain fabric stores. They are made of white cotton. You might be able to use one of those. I have never tried them, but some people must use them, or they would not be able to just sell them like that anyplace either. Or you can always take the whole inner pocket actually out of the pants you got, trace around it, and just make another one, the same way, but out of any fabric you want. That sounds like kind of a lot of work to me though. If the stitching just pulled out of one, or a hole is in one, I think it would be just a lot quicker and more easy to just re-stitch it or even patch a hole in it there.
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Date: 2/2/14 1:38 AM

About 75% of my trousers have a hole in the front right pocket, where my keys rub, and eventually poke a hole. Most of my jeans have a hole in the front of the trouser, in the same spot, even before the pocket has a hole.

What I do to fix these is unpick the pocket bag stitching at the bottom. Most better quality trousers have french seams, so two sets of stitches to undo. Once it's picked open, I fuse a piece of interfacing over the hole, and then stitch over the hole. I usually use something like a piece of cotton shirting, but any good cotton of that weight (quilting cottons work well) is fine. I fuse the wrong side of the patch from edge to edge. Then you fold the pocket bottom up the way it was, and put two rows of stitching in. Some cheaper stuff, and some work clothing, have the pocket bags serged closed. If I have a serger handy, I'll redo it, if I don't, I fold a bit up, and make two rows of stitching, with the raw edge below the top one. On some pants (heavy work trousers, for instance) I'll fuse a pice of tricot interfacing to the trouser front, where the bag rubs against it, to keep a hole from apearing.

If I had a more extensive repair to make, I'd do a variation on the same thing. That is, sew on to the existing bag. It's a silly amount of work to undo enough to be able to replace the whole thing. (I've done it on suit trousers; any thing else gets hacked or tossed.)

When I make trousers, I normally double the bottom of the bags on the side that faces away from the leg. It solves my key hole problem, in both the pocket bag, and the trouser leg.

You can also sew the patch on by hand, which saves having to undo the bag. If you're a good hand sewer, that might be faster or easier.
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