Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Today I decided to finish a project that I have been putting off for a while.  I have a pair of jeans that had developed a hole at the corner of the right back pocket as well as were worn very thin between the thighs.  I originally had two pairs of these.  The other pair was converted to shorts in order to fix issues with them as well as to provide mending material for the remaining complete pair.MM1

It seems that jeans are always a pain in the butt to mend.  There was no good way to use the sewing machine for the hole by the pocket so it was sewn by hand.  The thin spots I was able to use my handy-dandy little IKEA sewing machine.MM2This endeavor is in line with my trying to not buy any clothes for the next year.


I am still using the cut-off legs from the first pair of pants that I turned into shorts.  The photo above is what the three patches looked like from the inside.  I am not a seamstress, but I haven’t had any problems so far with the repairs I’ve made previously. The repairs aren’t pretty but virtually unnoticeable from the outside.


My next project is a pair of jeans that have a slightly more complicated problem.  MM5

There are two belt loops that are torn at the bottom.  The other one is less torn than the one above but both are ripping.  Any suggestions from any of y’all on how to remedy this?MM6


2 thoughts on “Mending Monday

  1. O.k. sou need to find somebody with a sewing machine that is sturdy first. My bernina is good for sewind denim, maybe somebody around you has a functional treadle machine? Then use a seamripper and detach the belt loops at the bottom. Attach a patch from the inside of the jeans and reattach the belt loop. Stop pulling up your jeans by inserting your fingers into the belt loop 🙂

  2. Helen Blankenship says:

    You should also buy some Schmetz denim needles dor your machine. They have a sharper point to penetrate denim.

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