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1 minute ago, FreeCharlesManson said:

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maybe more appropriate for the long dead denim repair thread but here are my 20's after some repair.

I tried to repair them slightly last summer when the holes first started to get big. but it was a kinda sashiko hand stick repair and i'm no professional, plus a couple months of bike riding thrashed the already damaged jeans. This summer having access to a sewing machine and large scraps of denim i wanted to fix up my favourite jeans, started by removing the old patch and then ripping up the back seem which connects the two leg panels and then ripped up the inside leg seam for better access. the idea was basically de-construct and re-construct the jeans with more denim to reinforce the weak areas.

I got my mum to help me with the the complex jobs like properly sewing on the patches so they wouldn't bulge and re- sewing the seams that i ripped up to get access to the denim. I basically only sewed some extra reinforcement on the patch so the old holes would lay flat and hopefully not pull apart any more. It likely isn't a re-production accurate sewing job regarding thread colour and technique but that's the real coal miner spirit isn't it? wear and re-pair. 

Hopefully i'll get another year or so before i need to do any major repairs. there's still a bunch of tiny holes and threadbare areas which may open up. 

I'll post fade updates soon but today i was doing some gardening and i think i accidentally rubbed poop on my jeans instead of mud so back in the wash they went.

 

 

 

rise like lazarus

guess this thread wasn't as dead as i thought 

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Anyone ever use Williamsburg Garment Company’s (Brooklyn) mail in repair service?

I’m looking to repair the knees of my older son’s pair so my younger son can wear them. Not sure if holes like this can be darned or not.

I also have a few pair needing work.  Appreciate any recommendations.

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You can totally darn those! I’ll show you my technique real quick:

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Unpick the side seam, slip a patch underneath, and then sew “N”-shaped zigzags over the whole thing, following the direction of the warp on the edges and sitting in the valleys of the twill on the diagonal. If you’re able to find a light-blue thread (this was some old silk blend I got at an estate sale, but it does the trick!) the patch goes on super strong and is practically invisible! Here’s it from the back:

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Thanks @chicote that patch looks really good! I’m not very sewing machine savvy maybe my wife can try it. I’d rather do it at home and save the money on repairing since my kid will just blow them out again in 4-5 months. 

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For sure, it’s worth a try! Even if the stitches aren’t lined up exactly, it doesn’t effect the integrity of the patch.

One thing I would say is to avoid future repairs, do a good stretch test around where the holes are and make your patch 3-4cm past the end of the compromised fabric. The edges of the patch will wear on those weak points and you may end up having to make a new patch again. Case in point with my sugar canes, which I patched the knee of about a month and two washes ago:

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All the fraying at the top and bottom was thin but solid fabric at the time of the patch! What a waste of time :rolleyes:

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Have some jackets on my table to repair, that some tailor really screwed up. Very sad. This guy did a real hatchet job on these jackets, and supposedly he's a denim specialist. Yikes. Real hack work on a beautiful $300 jacket, and on a less expensive, but still nice, jacket as well. I'll see what I can do to save them, but it ain't pretty, especially the work on the expensive jacket.

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Get some pics up @428CJ

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On 6/30/2020 at 12:29 AM, Spiraltoy said:

Get some pics up @428CJ

Might dig in to them this coming weekend, at which time I'll snap some pix. On of the jackets is messed up, but not horribly. The other one is nearly ruined, but it's such a nice piece that it's worth a stab at saving.

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