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I’ve put together a tutorial demonstrating how I repaired my worn, favorite pair of jeans.
A few years back when Kimes Ranch jeans were starting to become popular I was at a horse show and found I hadn’t packed enough jeans. I purchased a pair of Jolene Kimes Ranch jeans from Closet Space Consignment & Boutique – They happened to have their boutique trailer at the show I was at.
Fast forward a few years and I’ve come to find that I love the Betty style from Kimes Ranch and own three or four pairs now. I still have the first pair and they’ve been well loved and worn A LOT.
I have this dumb habit of carrying hay bales on my right thigh when I’m throwing down hay from the loft. And, this dumb habit has resulted in my jeans getting really really worn.
In the summer, I didn’t care about the worn out and thin fabric… but going into winter this isn’t going to work. I hate being cold, so they were in need of repair.
- Jeans to repair
- Iron on interfacing
- Sewing machine (and accessories)
- Ironing board or table (+towel)
- Pressing ham or (2nd) towel
- Seam ripper
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Your first step and starting point will depending the the location of the repair you plan on working on. The first spot I worked on was accessible without removing a seam… Well, sorta. I chose to work on an area near the top, close to the pocket that I was able to access, mostly, without an issue.
If you need to work on an area that is in the middle of your jeans, knee hole, for example, be brave and just start with the seam ripper to make the area easy to get to.
…you’ll likely save yourself a headache, and maybe more work later on.
Ask me how I know? I may have sewn shut my pocket while working on this project (shh!)
Turn jeans inside out. You want your interfacing on the inside of the garment.
Get your iron hot-make sure to follow the directions on the interfacing and set iron appropriately.
- Cut out a piece of interfacing slightly larger than the hole or worn spot you will be working on.
- Adhere the interfacing to the inside of the jeans with your iron, using a press cloth if indicated.
- I also decided to pin my interfacing in place while starting out.
Take your jeans to your sewing machine. Your goal is to sew over the interfacing to make it one with your jeans, restoring integrity to the worn or ripped fabric.
Working, mostly with the grain of the fabric, sew the interfacing to the jeans.I used a straight stitch. I found working from one side to the other worked the best.
I sewed a line forward. Put the needle down, raised my presser foot. Pivoted the fabric slightly. Put the presser foot down again, and used the reverse stitching to sew a line backwards.
Another option would be the rotate your piece after each direction. To me this sounds like a pain, so I used the reverse button on my machine.
I have seen some videos of newer machine where it remains in reverse until you un-engage the reverse button. On my machine, I have to press in the reverse button to sew backwards. Refer to your sewing machine’s instruction manual for how to’s on your specific machine.
Keep going back and forth until you are happy with the level of coverage of the patched area.
With the type of wear that my jeans have, I had a large area to mend. This is the second pair of jeans that I have mended, so I have some tips and tricks.
Repeat this process until you have patched all the wear spots and holes.
If you opened a seam, sew it back together.
On my jeans, the seam was straight stitches and surged at the edge. I don’t have a serger, and my machine does not have the fancy stitch options some newer machines have. But, it can zig zag!
- Prepare the edges to sew your side seam back together. Line up the fabric edges and secure with pins.
- I first straight stitches the seam back together along the original seam lines. I didn’t mark the seam but could see the original path easily enough.
After I had the first seam in, I changed out my thread and bobbin to Golden thread color used originally. I changed my machine settings to the zig zag stitch and sewed in a line of stitching close to the edge of the fabric. Refinishing the edge this way will help to protect the integrity of my jeans from fraying from the seams.
The reason that jeans are surged during the original manufacturing process it to prevent the fabric from fraying and essentially disintegrating over time. When I opened the seam, I destroyed the integrity of the serged edge in that area of the fabric.
- Small vs large sections
Especially if you’re working with a large area that needs work,go about it in small sections. The first pair of jeans that I fixed up using this method, I tried to done one big section. The jeans fabric had slight stretch before I added the interfacing. however, after I was finished, this removed the stretch that the denim alone once had. Small sections seemed to help maintain some stretch.
- Less is more… don’t over do it.
The first pair of jeans, I put in too much thread. I overdid it. The patching looks really obvious. I don’t like it.
- Don’t be afraid of taking out side seams
The seam ripper is your friend. Don’t be afraid to use it.
Quality of Kimes Ranch Jeans
Maybe you haven’t taken the plunge on Kimes jeans and are wondering about the quality.. ….because who wants to spend a hundred bucks on jeans that need repair?
Ok, I get you. I’m as cheap as they come, but I love these jeans. Honestly. They hold up they fit me well, and they’re definitely trendy right now. I live in these things. The wear shown is after 2.5 to 3 years of owning.
Yes they’ve faded a bit, but I’m not real careful about always washing them inside out or really doing anything to prevent fading. I probably should… but no, that’s not something I’ve done.
I might consider dying my jeans back to a darker color… we will see.. watch for this possible upcoming project. Should I try dying my jeans darker again? Have you tried this before? How did it turn out?
Please let me know in the comments!
- Denim Thread
- Golden Accent Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Pressing Ham
- Seam Ripper
Thank you so much for stopping by! Please let me know if this tutorial was helpful for you, and what types of projects you are working on.
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