Rips and frayed edges happen to even the best made pants eventually. Let me show you how to repair these problems instead of throwing out expensive clothes.
Pants wear out. Maybe you are too rough on them. Or maybe the pants are just very old. Pants usually only last a year or so before they need to be replaced.
I was wearing a pair of jeans that had been sitting in a box for a decade. They were old, but they were still a nice pair of jeans. I thought they were a great bargain. I was wrong. The first day that I wore them, they developed a hole. I was shocked. I had never had a hole in a pair of pants before. I had thought that pants were supposed to last forever.
I had to throw them out. After that day, I promised myself that I would never throw away a ripped pair of jeans again!
Rips are a common problem in men's and women's pants. Repairing them doesn't have to be expensive. There are a few methods you can use. Choose the method that is most appropriate for your situation.
Without further ado, here are your options:
The easiest way to repair a rip is to use iron-on repair patches. The patches are very easy to apply and can be done in any color. You can buy the patches at any fabric store and they are very inexpensive. For reference, a 10x10 inch square patch cost me $10 at my local craft store. I'm sure you can get a better deal if you find a coupon.
Cut the patch to cover the area that is ripping. If you have a small area to cover, the patch should work very well. Make sure to overlap the rip a little bit on the edge. If your rip is very large, you may need to use a larger patch.
Heat up your iron on the cotton setting. Then, apply the iron to the patch on the pant for about 15 seconds. Then, flip the patch over and apply the iron to the other side. Repeat this process until the rip is repaired. This will keep the rip from coming back.If the rip is long, you may want to use a straight edge to cut out the patch
For a more permanent solution, consider sewing the rip. When you have the rip, you can easily fix it with a needle and thread. The great thing about sewing is that it is very inexpensive. An entire spool of thread should only cost about $2. Needles and a thimble are also about $1.
If you have a very long rip, consider sewing the rip on a piece of fabric. With a very short rip, you can bind the ends with a cross stitch. Don't forget to double knot the ends when you're done!
The amount of time required for this step varies depending on the length of the rip. In general, it takes longer to sew a rip rather than patch it. The best way to know whether you'll need to sew a rip or patch is to test it on a piece of fabric.
Oftentimes, I start with patching and only sew if the patch repair does not hold.If you decide to sew a rip, you'll need to be careful to avoid ripping the rip even more.
If time is limited, you can try to glue the rip. You'll need special fabric glue. This glue can be purchased at craft stores or online. To make sure the rip is secure, you can wait 30 minutes for the glue to dry. Then, give the rip a little tug. You should not feel any give in the fabric.
If you are using fabric glue, you will need to cut the rip into strips. You can also use scissors to give the glue some texture to hold onto.
Note that sometimes glued repairs do not last longer than a few wash and dry cycles. You may want to consider only hand washing the garment for now on. You'll want to make sure the rip is secure before you start to hand wash it.
The other thing to consider is what type of glue to use. Fabric glue is the type you want to use. It costs $7.5 at my grocery store's craft aisle.
Frayed edges can happen if the pant drags on the ground or your shoe. The easiest way to repair these is by trimming of the threads with scissors.The other trick is to use a small piece of rubber to act as a cushion when you walk. This will help the pant to sit flush with your foot.
If you are a beginner, you may want to consider using a foot-pump. Many people report that this is a great way to get used to walking with a pant.
You can make the repair last longer by also applying hem glue strips. These are iron-on strips that can be applied to the pant and then removed when you are done. If you are a professional, you can also use a fabric softener. This can help soften the fabric for a longer lasting repair.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Not all repairs are easy to make. Perhaps you lack the materials required. Perhaps your equipment is not up to the task. Perhaps you are not the best qualified. All of these reasons create challenges. Thankfully, you can find a solution.
The best way to get the most out of a repair is to find someone who is knowledgeable about the problem. The sooner you find a qualified person, the sooner you can begin the repair process.
When you are ready to begin the repair, you will need to find a place to start. Some people find a repair shop or a repair man. Others use Craigslist. These are good options, but they are not always the best.
You should be able to find a qualified person to make the repair for you. There are great classifieds in most local papers. The most important characteristic of a repairman is honesty. Fabric is notoriously hard to work with and it is not uncommon to find fabric that is so badly damaged that it will require a complete re-tackling and re-fitting.
I've had good luck finding help at my local church's sewing club. These people are very knowledgeable and willing to help. I often don't even need to pay a lot; everyone is just willing to help for coffee and doughnuts. If you don't have a sewing club, you can always try one.
A final option, which is usually the most expensive, is to go to a local seamstress. You'll pay more and you'll have to take the time to learn the techniques and the materials, but it's the only way to get a garment that will last a lifetime. Be sure to shop around before you decide to go this route.
The best way to find a seamstress is to go to a fabric store. If you're looking for a particular fabric, you can always ask the salesperson there to talk with.
A last resort option is to buy a new pair of pants.But if you're in a hurry, you can always just buy a pair of jeans. New jeans should not cost more than $60.
I know there are expensive designer jeans, but they are usually not worth the cost. They are no more durable than budget jeans. I have a friend who can make you a pair of jeans for about $40.
My favorite option for finding new pants is thrift shopping. You can find jeans for as little as $5. Of course you need to make sure they are in good condition. You don't want to buy a pair of jeans that are dirty. You want them to have a little bit of wear and tear on them. You can also find jeans that are in good condition, but they are not in great condition. You can also find jeans that have been worn, but you can still wear them.
Are you frustrated by pants that get ruined? You're not alone. The pants industry is a $2.5 billion industry, and it's been growing for decades. Unfortunately, they are not motivated to make pants that last a lifetime. The more pants wear out, the more we have to buy.
The good news is that you can get out of this cycle of pants that wear out. I've found a great trick. Spray your pants with hairspray! I know this sounds crazy, but the hairspray actually creates a protective layer. This protects your pants from the elements, and it also keeps your pants from getting ruined. You can find it at your local drugstore.
I recommend using hairspray to protect your pants in a storm, but you can also spray them with a liquid latex paint. The only thing is, you must be careful not to get the paint on your skin.
Try these repair tips and let me know if they help you. Let me know via Twitter if you have any questions.
This last post I made about this was a lot of fun and was a great opportunity to share what I learn with you. I hope you enjoyed it. If you do, please share it with your friends and family. I know it will be a great help to them. I hope you learned something from it. I know I did.
Now it is time to get back to work.