Inner thigh rips in jeans are a menace for anyone who has thighs – so yeah, it happens to us all. The crotch area of our jeans is prone to different kinds of wear and tear. Instead of tossing out your favorite pair of jeans away in defeat, we’ll show you different ways that you can use to fix rips and tears in the inner thigh of your jeans.
Repairing Jeans Ripped In The Thigh
We have put together a number of ways to inconspicuously repair a rip in the thigh of your jeans. The supplies that you’ll need include:
- Matching thread
- A patch of denim fabric
- A pair of scissors
- Sewing machine
- Sharp needles
- Lightweight fusible
- Lightweight fabric glue
- Iron box and ironing board
There are five methods you can use to repair jeans inner thigh:
Repairing by hand
This method is suitable for very small holes or clean rips. It’s also convenient for sewing holes that are in tight spots that present a challenge repairing using a machine.
Start by cutting any untidy threads away from the ripped area to clean up the edges. Any protruding threads will get in the way of your work and make the work look untidy – avoid cutting the actual fabric as you will make the hole bigger than it already is.
Next, thread the needle and make a knot at the far end of the thread. Knotting helps to anchor the thread the fabric as you sew so that you won’t need to redo it all over again.
Sew over sides of the hole by looping the thread around the edges and tying the loops shut. This will prevent more jean fabric from further fraying. Be careful not to sew too close to the edges as the thread may pull more fabric loose.
The sewing should be done vertically to close the hole. Keep in mind that you might have to stitch over the hole more than once to make it tight. As you get to the ends of the hole, make the stitches gradually smaller. Once you’re done, pull the thread tight, tie it off, and cut it off so that there are no loose ends.
Using a sewing machine
Again, start off by cutting away any dangling threads. Do this as precisely as possible.
The next step is to wind the bobbing on the sewing machine so that it becomes wrapped with as much thread as you need. The bobbin is one of the sources of the thread; the second source is the spool. The bobbin is secured in place by pushing it to the right and pressing it down gently.
Once the bobbin and the spool are in place on the machine, it’s now time to retrieve the threads from them. The thread from the spool goes through all the necessary hooks on the front side and into the hole on the needle. To thread the bobbin, slightly lower the needle and bring it back up – the bobbin thread should appear.
Now it’s time to seal the rip by sewing vertically across the hole to bind it and close it. Do so using a zigzag stitch. The stitch should be centered over the edge such that half of the stitch goes through the fabric while the other half goes on the outside to shut it.
Gluing on a patch
If you can’t sew to save your own life, then this method is for you. This quick fix is ideal for mending jeans that are more important to you for their utility than their appearance.
Start by cutting the loose threads to clean up the area.
Turn the ripped jeans inside out and measure out an appropriate size of a patch. You can cut out the patch from an old pair of jeans. The patch should be larger than the hole so that you have plenty of space around it to apply fabric glue on.
Apply the fabric glue to the patch and be sure to follow the instructions as indicated on the container. Don’t put any glue on the areas of the patch that will be showing on the outside of your jeans.
Lastly, press the patch down over the hole and secure it in place. Keep in mind that different types of fabric glue dry at different rates.
Ironing on a patch
Start by prepping the area around the hole that you’re going to patch. Once you’re done trimming the loose threads, turn the jeans inside out.
Measure the size of the hole and prepare a patch that’s going to fit in properly while ensuring that you leave out a little space all around. Make sure that the patch is circular – one with corners will peel off easily
Place the fusible in between the patch and the jeans then heat it using an iron for about 30 seconds. Be very careful when positioning the fusible so that it doesn’t stick the two sides of the jeans together. This could seal the jeans and you’ll probably end up damaging them if you have to tear the leg open again.
Sewing on a patch either by hand or using a machine
For overly large holes, sewing across the rip is now going to work. You’ll need to sew in a patch to fix the hole. This project is quite labor-intensive and requires some basic command of a needle or sewing machine. On the brighter side, the results are neater than gluing or ironing on a patch.
Both the patch and thread should be in a matching color to look more natural. You could also play around with colors to come up with a creative masterpiece.
When sewing the patch in, go around the patch of the hole until you have covered the entire perimeter of the hole. Repeat this process again in the opposite direction to make sure that the patch is firmly in place.
It’s always the thighs that go first. After the jeans’ inner thigh gets damaged you can repair the area instead of throwing away the pair of jeans. Doing this will not only reinforce the area but it’ll also camouflage the rip so that it’s unnoticeable.
The techniques we discussed above may be used with any type of fabric and hole size. The secret to almost-invisible stitching that looks professional is to match the thread to the fabric correctly.
As they say, prevention is always better than cure. To prevent the rips from occurring in the thighs of your jeans, you can sew in the patch to the inside. This is guaranteed to give the garment longevity.