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  • A creative patch for your jeans or the "Hole with the fringe"

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    Although the entire topic on our forum is dedicated to mending jeans, I dare to suggest a creative patch of my own design, which I affectionately named the "Hole with the fringe". Generally, we do either what we like or what we need to do. This time I tried to combine business with pleasure. The business in my case involved my husband's jeans in need of a repair (he tried to sit down in them and here you are; someone here sure needs to eat less :P), and the pleasure lied in my interest in what I could do with them, so I hoped that he will discard these old jeans entirely and buy a new pair (those were his exact words the moment he saw the design I created in Wilcom). But it didn't work out that way at all. After the work was completed, my hubby refused to let go of his favorite jeans, what's more, my daughter literally demanded to winterize her trendy ripped ones. Which is something that I still have to face. I hope someone likes my idea. 

    But let's get to the point. 

    What you'll need: 

    1. Torn jeans. 
    2. A piece of dense fabric (denim is preferable). 
    3. A tear-away stabilizer or embroidery paper. 
    4. A set of embroidery threads (I use sewing polyester ones). 


    5. And your embroidery machine, of course. 
    6. I created the design myself for this occasion. 


    The making process goes like this: 

    • Hoop the tear-away stabilizer. 
    • Stick a piece of denim (it can be of a matching or a contrasting color) onto it. 


    • Embroider the design at a low speed, making 15 color changes instead of all 18 (polyester sewing thread is a bit coarse for such a small design, so it can rip off the stabilizer; also, in my opinion, jeans require stronger threads than the embroidery ones but this is a matter of preferences; the size of the design is fitted to the hole on the jeans). 


    • Then, there is a stop. Without unhooping the fabric, put the torn jeans on top of the already embroidered fragment and secure them with needles. (If necessary, unseam the jeans prior to that). 


    • Insert the hoop back into the machine and embroider the three remaining color changes. 



    • After that, make incisions from the center of the hole toward its edges (preferably at the right angle). 


    • Fluff up the incisions, picking out the threads you don't need with the blunt side of scissors (the way kids curl strips of paper). 


    • Cut out the patch from the wrong side, leaving allowance, and remove the stabilizer wherever possible (the rest will gradually wash away). 
    • If you unseamed the jeans, now is time to sew them up. 
    • The "hole with the fringe" is ready for use. 


    By the way, this method is good not only for mending accidental tears but also for winterizing ripped jeans. 

    In between, I repaired the hems

    • I cut away the frayed parts. 


    • Divided the leftover denim into strips. 
    • Formed them in two circles matching the hems in circumference: 


    • Folded these welt pieces in two, stitched them to the hems and serged the edges. 


    • Folded the hems to the face and added two stitch lines along the serge finish. 


    In such a way I repaired the frayed edges without changing the jeans length. 

    This is how the jeans look on a person. 




    And in case they tear again I'll think of some other technique. 

    Good luck and good day to all!

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