Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No-sew Jeans patching and I'm off the hook =D

I don't know if any of you get "rashes" when you need to hem or repair jeans.  But, I do.  My worries start to stack up.  Will I measure incorrectly?  What if I cut off and they are too short?  Needles can break and hit me in the face...maybe worse in my eyes!!  I know, there are those extra heavy duty needles for jeans.  But, when you hem...Oh MY!! there are lots of layers at the seams!  Because my husband is a bit short (to his documentation, it's 5'4"), I've done my share of hemming pants in our 43 years of marriage.  I hmmmm and haaaaw, with some extra procrastination added in.  Tired of waiting for me, he once tried to hem his own jeans and gave up =(.

He likes to use up and reuse, fix what's broken (which our family lovingly calls jimmy DAD rigging).  This is an admirable trait and I'm not really knocking it.  But...when I get dragged into his path of jimmy rigging the very worn out jeans, well...lets just say that I get even bigger rashes than doing hems with quadruple layers of denim. 

For softball, part of his favorite attire guessed it, OLD (soft) jeans.  And, the knees do get worn, especially sliding into bases...which he loves to do LOL.  Last several years I have patched and re-patched the knees using extra pieces of denim cut from a different pair of jeans that weren't re-patchable.  But, they didn't seem to last but a dozen wash and wears.  I think that the darning/stitching weakened the area around the patches. 

Mr. Fix-it went online and researched methods of jean-pants patching, in particular knees and worn pocket corners.  I'm actually excited to share the results of his research.  I hope this might help other jean-pants repairmen (and repair women) from possible "rash conditions" like those I've previously suffered (lol).  Of course, this doesn't mean that my hemming days are over =P

THIS is the "magical"stuff  =D

Pants are turned wrong side out and a heavy paper or cardboard is
 placed inside to cover the hole in the jeans.  The paper keeps the glue
from going through to the other side.
Spread glue generously over the worn out area,
 and extend glue outside of the worn area several inches.
I didn't get a picture of him spreading the GOO on the patch itself.
(You can see the size of the patch in the above picture)
He did glue the wrong side of the patch generously.  He said that
online it suggested putting glue on both patch and leg of pant.
And, to put GOO on the wrong side of the patch also. 
He then placed a flat board on the patch and pant leg after
they were glued together.  And, a heavy concrete block was
place on top of the board for better adhesion.
After one day, he then took the jeans out to lay in the sun
to make sure all was dry.
They've been machine washed and sent through the dryer as normal.  The patch, so far seem to be holding securely.  And, the process actually strengthened the knee area.  The machine stitching seemed to weaken it.  I will update at a later to let you know how the GOO patch is working.



doodlebugmom said...

My grandmother taught me to do a minute-and-a-half-patch. But they take me more than an hour and my corners pucker :/ This method looks so much easier!.

Anonymous said...

Interesting! Fortunately, I don't wear mine out to that point, and the boys rarely ask me to do anything to their clothes. Somehow it just never works out the way they expected. ;)

Sarah Craig said...

I don't generally patch jeans, but I do hem them frequently, and I've found a great technique that is SO easy! You can test the length before cutting them, and the original hem is still down there, so it doesn't look like they've been hemmed. Here's a link:

With this technique, you can hem a pair of jeans in about ten minutes!