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Tip Tuesday: Jean pocket repairBy AlexisW on 3/11/14 2:31 PM

Jean Pocket Repair

-by SJ Kurtz

“After a billion pairs of pockets on jeans wore through and repairing them just accelerated the problems, I came up with a way to LINE the pocket without having to remove it (or those pesky rivets), not to mention being unable to match the denim to anyone's satisfaction.”

“Yes, you carry your wallet in your back right pocket in your stylin’ jeans. And eventually the killer wallet eats through the fabric. I can't match the pocket. Undoing rivets is often a disaster.  I can topstitch in matching thread, though.”

“I undid the stitching up to the rivets and pondered my options as I unpicked for an hour.”

“I can't match the pocket, but I can match the underside…”

“So I did a patch on the hole, and sewed it on. Which will eventually wear through the pocket. How to stop this? I could line it.”

“I sewed on a piece of nice shirting leftovers, stitching as close to the top row of stitching between the rivets. The grey fabric is going to fold back towards the bottom of the pocket. Left long thread tails to finish it to the edge by hand (adding pockets post also uses this tip).”

“Flipped it down (you can see the seam allowance on the grey just below the rivets) Pinned it down to topstitch the first line (the closest to the interior).”

“Trimmed the lining so its raw edge lands between the two rows of topstitching.”

“Topstitched second row, left long tails to hand finish.”

“See the lining? Feeling pretty smart right about now.”

“And here it is. Yes, it has a tasteful bit of fraying, and it looks like it still has a hole and it doesn't. Off to do my victory lap around the block.”

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4 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
SpitfireGal said... (3/15/14 5:11 PM) Reply
VERY smart! I used a scalpel to seam-rip once when I was stranded at my BIL's house... It worked very well, but I did cut myself :(
STARG said... (3/13/14 7:47 PM) Reply
Very clever idea! I will keep this in my back pocket for a future use! No pun intended there!
Tarrbaby said... (3/12/14 8:48 AM) Reply
Great idea! And my trick to unpick is start a few stitches and then use a single edge razor blade to cut the stitches. Less than a minute to rip.
helenkosings said... (3/12/14 2:21 AM) Reply
Now that is VERY clever!

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