Jeans with holes may be considered a fashion trend to many these days; however, most people like to wear their pants intact. As expensive as some jeans can be, knowing how to repair the occasional “blowout” is one of the best things about owning sewing machines. Even though most sewers likely use their Juki HZL-DX7 sewing machines and other Juki sewing machines for more creative endeavors, they do come in very handy for fixing a favorite pair of pants.
Get Your Supplies
Repairing a pair of jeans could not be more simple. With only a few inexpensive supplies; including some fusible interfacing, a piece of used scrap denim, thread to match the denim, and a sharp pair of fabric scissors, anyone with Juki HZL-DX7 sewing machines can rescue those beloved denim pants in just a few minutes.
Trim Around the Tear
Start off by trimming the area around the tear so the denim fabric has a clean edge. Cut away all loose threads and areas where the threads are stretched and pulled; cut all the way back to where the fabric is still in good condition. Because you don't want to trim away any more than necessary, use sharp scissors to wind up with a clean, sturdy edge all the way around the tear.
Size The Patch
Turn the jeans inside out and cut a patch to fit the trimmed opening from a piece of matching or similar used scrap denim. The patch should be at least one-quarter inch larger than the area being patched; however, if the fabric in that area is thin or weakened, make the patch larger. It is better to cut the patch a little larger than necessary, as it can always be trimmed after it has been sewn.
Iron On the Patch
Cut pieces of fusible interfacing so it is as large as the trimmed hole. Lay the interfacing along and around the hole and lay the patch on top of that. Following the directions from the fusible interfacing, iron the layers with a hot iron so the interfacing adheres the patch to the jeans, completely covering the hole. Be sure the entire area is sealed and it looks flat from the front side of the jeans and is ready to be machine sewn.
Stitch Over the Patch
Still working from the inside of the jeans, sew over the edges of the ironed-on patch a few times using a zigzag stitch and going over the area a few times. Alternate directions to ensure it is well secured. When stitching with Juki sewing machines, be sure to use a needle that can handle the denim without breaking, along with a thread color that matches the fabric so it is less visible.
Trim The Excess Patch Away
If there is any unsewn fabric left after stitching the patch, trim it away, being careful not to trim away any of the stitching that is securing it. Iron the patch once again and turn the jeans right side out. They should look almost as good as new, other than the patch. When patching is done with well-matched fabric and thread, it should be barely noticeable.
Before retiring yet another pair of expensive jeans to yard work, use this simple method to repair rips and tears and save those jeans. By using the few items mentioned above, owners of Juki sewing machines such as Juki HZL-DX7 machines can get some good, practical use from them. Quick and inexpensive clothing repairs are another great reason why sewing machines can be useful in every home!