Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tutorial: How to Patch a Hole in Your Jeans with a Janome Buttonhole Foot

How to Mend Your Denim:


I love wearing jeans. I wear them almost every day. I am lucky enough that I don't have to wear dress casual to work, I can just wear some blue jeans. They are comfortable and look great with everything. Easy! But wearing jeans every day means that eventually, they get a hole. Look, I know it's cool to have holes in your jeans and I know visible mending is all the rage these days but some holes are in spots that are in areas that you don't want to draw attention too if you catch my drift... 

So this tutorial will show you how to mend your jeans in a much less visible way. You can always use a contrasting color of thread to darn if you want it to stand out.

What is darning?

Darning describes a way of mending a hole in a woven fabric using threads or yarns in an interwoven fabric. I always think about darning socks or other knitted things but it can mean any woven fabric. You will want to stabilize the back of the hole and then go over the hole in two different directions. A lot of times when people think of darning they think about stitching by hand but it can also be done with a sewing machine.

I'm going to show you how to use the darning stitch on your sewing machine to mend your jeans but you can also go back and forth over your hole with a straight stitch if you don't have a darning stitch on your sewing machine. 

How to darn your jeans on your sewing machine:

Choose a thread color that is close to the denim wash.
1. Choose a thread color that is a close match to your denim wash. My jeans that needed a repair are a medium wash and I used Aurifil color #1158 in 50 weight thread. I used 100% cotton thread but any thread should work. 

2. Setting up the sewing machine. I used the Janome 9400 to repair my jeans but the darning stitch can be found on many sewing machines. I circled the stitch in red on the photo, it's stitch #13 under buttonholes. You can see what it looks like below. On the Janome machines you use the one step buttonhole foot for this stitch. I took the metal stabilizing plate off my buttonhole foot to do this repair.
 

3. Stabilize the hole. I keep small pieces of Pellon Shape Flex 101 (SF101) left over from other projects and that works really well for mending. Shape Flex is a cotton fabric with glue on one side that you fuse onto fabric to stabilize with an iron. 

Once you cut out a piece of SF101 (make sure it is bigger than the hole with extra!) fuse it to the wrong side (inside) your jeans. Be careful to try to pull the hole closed a bit.

 

4.  Darn the hole. I made a video for you to see how the darning stitch works on the Janome machines. You will most likely (depending on where the hole is in your jeans) need to use the free arm on your machine. I stitched on the right side of my fabric directly over the hole.  I had to restart the stitch several times to cover the entire hole. 


Then you want to go over the hole and your stitches in a perpendicular direction. You will want to turn your jeans 90 degrees and go over everything again. This interweave of stitches will look like the photo below.


That's it! Now your jeans are mended! The whole process is quick and easy (especially once you learn how to use the darning stitch on your machine!) and you will get a lot more wear out of your favorite jeans! 

*extra note* after a few washings the glue on the Shape Flex might come off and the cotton fabric won't be attached anymore on the inside of your jeans. I just cut the SF101 around the darning once this happens. It won't hurt your repair!


2 comments:

  1. What a great tip! All the years I've had my Janome machine and never knew that stitch was there! Thanks!

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  2. I use this darning stitch all the time to mend Jean's. Its takes a little practice but really works great. Thanks for the tutorial.

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