How To Patch Jeans

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Ripped jeans are not always a fashion statement, especially when the tear occurs in a very uncomfortable or unflattering place. While iron-on patches might seem like a quick fix, they will eventually fall off after a few washes since they are only held on by an adhesive. Nothing replaces the skill and look of sewn on patches, which become a fashion statement themselves.

  1. When looking for a patch, the two main elements to look for are size and fabric. Not all tears are the same size, so make sure that you find a big enough patch before you purchase it. Bring your jeans to the store and match the color and fabric type to make sure that your patches don't stand out too much.
  2. Before any sewing starts, it is always a good idea to wash the patch in cold water. The color can change a lot after a good washing. If you do not wash the patch alone, put it in a load containing only similar clothes.
  3. Once you select the patch, pin it to the jeans. Place the patch directly over the rip and pin it near the edge of the patch. Since the patch has to be stitched on, you want to make sure the pins are as close to the stitches as possible.
  4. When using a sewing machine, set the machine to a medium-width zig-zag stitch. Slowly stitch from one side to the other until you have surrounded the entire circumference of the patch. For best results, choose a thread that matches both the jeans and the patch. You want the stitch to appear as invisible as possible.
  5. Sewing by hand might take a while longer, but it still creates a sharp look if you are patient enough for the job. After selecting a thread that matches the jeans and patch, tie off one end of the thread in the patch. Make small loop stitches all the way around the patch. Make sure that your stitches are not too far apart. Take your time.
  6. Regardless of whether you use a sewing machine or your hands, the next step remains the same. Tie off the stitch and trim it down. You want to make the finished product look as clean as possible.
  7. Put the jeans on and show off. You may be surprised by how few people will even notice the patch.


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