Serious. I was welding, burnt a small hole in a new pair of jeans.
Hole is tiny, under .5 sq. inch counting the fringe around the hole.
What's the best way to patch so it will be minimally noticable? I
got matching spare fabric, common sewing needles, not much skill.
Hollywood elitists/stars pay thousands of dollars for jeans with just
the right kind of holes in them. Maybe you can sell the jeans and buy
new ones with the profits. God knows none of them would be caught
dead welding something to achieve the same kind of hole.
Sexist. Not all females sew, and not all males don't. No way to
invisibly patch denim, that wouldn't cost more than another pair of
pants. I'd cut a belt loop off a worn-out pair, and sew one end over the
spot, and the other end however far a way, and make it a feature of the
design, as a place to hang your measuring tape, cell phone, ipod, or
whatever. If you must patch, sew a patch on the inside. trim the fringe,
dab the white threads with a blue sharpie, and then use the sewing
version of super-glue to keep the loose threads in place. A piece of
fusing tape (other than right behind the hole) will keep the patch flush
to the hole. Use 'invisible stitching' with a dark blue or black thread,
hiding the stitches in the wales of the fabric. For that matter, the
classic cure we remember from our youth, iron-on patches, are still
available. Modern heat-setting or aero-setting glues make them work a
whole lot better than they used to. I even found thin nylon patches in
the correct color to patch the burn holes in my 3b2 parka. You can
barely see the patch if you look for it.
I patch my husband's jeans....get some iron on interfacing - it's
"sticky" on both sides. Or, buy some of the iron on hem tape that is
sticky on both sides... you only need about an inch of this so I would
ask around and try to borrow it from someone who sews and keeps it on
hand. Cut off a piece of denim from an old pair of jeans ... a little
larger than the hole. Turn jeans wrong side facing out ... cut the
iron on tape in small pieces to go around the hole ... place old denim
fabric on top - then put hot iron on it. The patch will stick to the
jeans. Take cloth - cotton is best, old hankerchief or napkin - wet
it good and wring the water out. Place on patch and put the hot iron
on again to really seal it. Hardly shows when you turn the pants
again. If you can't find a friend who has this stuff in her sewing
kit, you can buy it at Walmart in the fabric department - it's not a
bad idea for a bachelor to keep stuff like this on hand.
Chuckle. I thought that was one of the solutions I proposed, but I
probably used the wrong technical terms.
What are the odds the OP even HAS an iron? I have one, but it is too
nasty to actually use on the outside of clothes, since I use it to fuse
things together. I never have owned an ironing board, and probably never
''who has this stuff in her sewing kit''? There ya go again. I've had a
sewing kit of sorts ever since I moved out on my own. The needles in in
are probably 60 years old, given to me by my grandfather.
Fuse with an iron? Beats me!
I do gotta iron and board, no problem.
Coincidentally, I spyed a couple iron-on patches in a drawer (maybe
20 years old) last month, tested one to see if it'd stick. It didn't
and I pitched 'em.
Similar, here. Good for needle and thread, and no more.
Thanks for your suggestions.
I could probably sew on a button as well as any woman on the planet!
But I'd rather go to hell with a broken back.
I'm sure many women feel the same way about doing a valve job on a 487 cu in
Get thee to Walmart. They sell iron-on patches made from denim.
You don't need no stinking neadles and threads.
You can find them with cute designs too; Hello Kitty,
Hanah Montana, or whatever rocks your little boat ;-)
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
You may laugh, but the legend is that Levi Strauss used rivets to hold
together denim sail material for a pair of trousers. All the miners in San
Francisco wanted his concoction because of trouser fatalities in the
gold-mining camps. A dynasty was founded.
Tragically, the company has lost its focus in recent years and succumbed to
the "San Francisco" disease.
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