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Can these be saved?

gogojojo | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, everyone! Does anyone have any ideas on how to save these jeans? They are men’s, so I can’t embellish with trim. I can afford to take about an inch off of the length, but the original hem is damaged! Thanks in advance, Jo

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  1. Palady | | #1

    Any chance you have black fusible interfacing in your stash?

    If so, take out the entire hem.

    Iron smooth the torn edges.

    Cut a strip of the interfacing wide enough & long enough to fit under the torn part.

    Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the jeens.

    Let the all cool.

    Restitch the hem.

    Should you choose, you can shorten the 1" you mention after the fusing has cooled.

    If you're w/o fusible, you can use a light weight piece of black lining, or some other sort of fabric from your stash.

    Issue with this is having to stitch it in place.

    Though there's a spray fixative on the market. Free standing fabric stores carry it. If you choose you can open the following URL.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=spray+fixative&btnG=Search

    nepa

    1. gogojojo | | #3

      Thanks, I will try this!

      1. Palady | | #5

        Posting a photo of your effort was most helpful. Some thoughts -

        Might'n just placing the denim patch behind the shred make for a degree of bulk?

        Also, to my thinking you'd have to cut away the cross fibers that are present, then stitch in a patch.

        And yes, there's a risk of the black fusible showing through, but from the photo you'd should be able to align the cross fibers carefully to reduce, or at least minimize, the possibility.

        When you've complted your repair, please post another photo if you can.

        nepa

  2. Rabia | | #2

    I would look for a matching colour of denim and take down the hem and put a patch behind the hole. You could tack it in place with glue to hold it and keep it from shifting, and then zig zag stitch all around the edge and over the bare threads with 'jean'-coloured thread (Dritz makes it). The black interfacing idea is good too, but it might show through. With a jean material patch, the repair is a bit less obvious. You can also use fusible web to "stick down" the patch before darning over it.

    1. gogojojo | | #4

      Thanks for the tip...i had no idea there was a "denim" thread!

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