May 7

Jean Seat Repair

The Rip

This is a continuation of my initial post on Rips & Tears which contains all the instructions in detail.

The Rip
The Rip
Gluing the Patch
Gluing the Patch
Initial zig-zag around damaged area.
Initial zig-zag around damaged area.
Finished repair filled in to make less visible.
Finished repair filled in.
Repair at a distance.
Repair at a distance.

Please let me know if anything is unclear, or if there are other tutorials you’d like to see. I’d also love to hear  your sewing stories, how my tutorials help, or any other comments you have to offer. :)

Happy Sewing!

May 7

Conquering the Dreaded “Jean Hem”

Jean Hem

Wait! Don’t run away! I’m serious! Yes, you can CONQUER the dreaded jean hem! No more broken needles and endless frustration! Read on!

A little over -dramatic? Not for those who have been left in tears, or just about, after having broken needle after needle trying to hem jeans. Needles are NOT cheap! For many people, few repairs in the sewing room inspire as much dread as dealing with jeans, especially hems and zippers. In this tutorial, I’m going to show the trick to getting over the “hump” in the hem, without breaking needles, or losing your sanity. 🙂

First, if you understand why the issues are happening, you can avoid them. It’s simple. The needles are breaking because the presser foot doesn’t stay level when going over the thicker side seam. Keep the foot level, and you won’t be breaking needles.

No, you do not need a heavy industrial sewing machine to accomplish this… Continue reading