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May 18, 2015 7:56 PM   Subscribe

 
My mom used to mend my denim. This gallery makes me feel a flashback of intense class shame.
posted by muddgirl at 8:15 PM on May 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


I may have put some weight on over the winter and blown the ass out of a pair of jeans (or, possibly evil spirits) so this is relevant to my interests. I've already mended them but that bandana patching looks cool, I am tempted to rip out the stitching and start over.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 8:29 PM on May 18, 2015


I darn jeans (machine), socks and cardigans (hand).
Hand darning wool is incredibly relaxing, like miniature weaving.

I wonder if I can make something as artistic as this. Maybe reverse patchwork and Japanese stich
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 8:29 PM on May 18, 2015


For incredible denim repairs using (mostly) a vintage Singer darning machine, see http://indigoproof.com/.
posted by deadbilly at 8:54 PM on May 18, 2015 [6 favorites]


Ooh! This thread is incomplete without Tom of Holland. I sometimes bite his style when I mend things.
posted by clavicle at 8:59 PM on May 18, 2015 [5 favorites]


deadbilly that person is some kind of denim wizard
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 9:17 PM on May 18, 2015 [5 favorites]


This makes me want to patch some beloved jeans that recently busted a hole in the knee. Thanks for sharing, it's inspiring!
posted by town of cats at 9:32 PM on May 18, 2015


I wrote a post on darning for my knitting blog some time ago. #shamelessselfpromotion
posted by orange swan at 9:34 PM on May 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


Perfect timing, I just blew out a much beloved pair of socks. Thanks!
posted by matrixgeek at 9:38 PM on May 18, 2015


Repaired clothing is the best clothing.
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 9:47 PM on May 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ooh! This thread is incomplete without Tom of Holland.

At first I thought you wrote Tom of Finland, and I was really confused.
posted by teponaztli at 9:50 PM on May 18, 2015 [27 favorites]


My mother had a solution to this for my pants as a kid: Toughskins...the most embarrassing pants you can wear after about age...10? Somewhere in there.

These repairs are lovely. I especially like that no attempt is made to hide the repair itself, it is its own thing.
posted by maxwelton at 10:46 PM on May 18, 2015 [3 favorites]


Not being American, I had to google "Toughskins". And I admit it, I had to supress a giggle imagining maxwelton being forced by his mum to wear some of the creations from the 70s Google Image Search found up for me.
posted by Harald74 at 12:28 AM on May 19, 2015


I had my favourite jeans repeaired by Denim Therapy (I brought them with me to NYC on a trip for the specific purpose!) and the repair is utterly invisible. I do love some visible mending, but I can never work out how these folks get such attractively placed holes, me I just wear out the crotch with thigh-rub, and I don't think I want to be drawing attention to that.
posted by Iteki at 3:09 AM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


deadbilly that person is some kind of denim wizard

I literally thought “this is magic!” while looking at the blog. How the hell…?
posted by badmoonrising at 4:16 AM on May 19, 2015


Learning to machine darn pants has been a boon for me and my pants that I am rough on. Tho I admit that my darning does not look anywhere near as neat and stylish. Maybe I should practice more.
posted by MrBobaFett at 5:06 AM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow. The denim wizard is extremely good at matching thread colors to the denim -- I imagine a whole wall of blue shades and yellow-orange off to the side -- and sewing very straight and dense parallel stitches, which their machine must help with, and also clipping the frayed white threads so they don't show.

(I machine-darned about twenty holes that my bunny chewed in a favorite pair of jeans once. They look good, but not this good, and I used some little fusible interfacing patches on the back side.)
posted by clavicle at 5:50 AM on May 19, 2015


Now I really want a darning machine. My kids eat through jeans like it's their job and the only way I've been able to fix shredded knees on 5T pants is to take out a seam.

Great post.
posted by rebeccabeagle at 6:34 AM on May 19, 2015


This is timely - just yesterday, my niece mentioned she had ripped her favorite pair of jeans, and could I please look at them to see if I could fix them?

These are beautiful!
posted by needlegrrl at 7:33 AM on May 19, 2015


Ooh! This thread is incomplete without Tom of Holland.

At first I thought you wrote Tom of Finland, and I was really confused.


Yeah, I didn't click on that link because I assumed NSFW.
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:21 AM on May 19, 2015


Found this video of a darning machine in action and a good look at the before and after work done on a ripped up pair of jeans. Pretty impressive.
posted by marsha56 at 3:24 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


I recently discovered darning and it will be awhile before I'm up to a decorative standard, but I've been pleasantly surprised by how durable even my (somewhat lumpy) initial attempts have proven to be. It's a very satisfying skill to have.
posted by EvaDestruction at 7:38 AM on May 20, 2015




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