Q: My jeans tear at the crotch but I still really love them, what can I do?
This is a very common problem!
Fabric is worn down by friction, and the friction of your thighs rubbing together as you move throughout the day, is slowly wearing on the fibers of your jeans. Over time, this makes your jeans thinner and weaker in these higher friction areas. Eventually this causes them to tear, and your left with rips in your favorite jeans. There’s no way to avoid the eventual wear of your jeans in high friction areas, however you can be proactive about the inevitable tearing, or mend them once they've ripped.
It’s best not to wait for holes to develop, so before you start wearing a new pair of jeans you can have patches sewn into the upper thigh/crotch, to strengthen the area, or have the area patched as soon as you feel it thinning. It is better to patch them before a tear, so the patch can adhere to the existing fabric, maintaining the original shape of the garment. Ever have a patch put in and the jeans just "feel different" – this is because the patch is not adhered to the existing fabric which causes the shape to change.
*Also when washing denim, you want to avoid putting your jeans in the dryer! The heat will break down the fibers of the denim faster than if you were to hang dry.
If you have denim that needs mending, you can have your jeans patched by darning them (also called re-weaving). This method uses a soft gauze fabric, a blend of cotton and polyester threads carefully selected to match your denim, and a sewing machine to essentially create new fabric with thread. A special attachment it required to do this technique, so it’s best to go to a denim specialist. Another DIY option is to use a Japanese patching method called Sashiko. Click the link below for a step-by-step guide.
If you want to patch your jeans yourself, there’s a traditional Japanese embroidery technique called Sashiko, that can be done with just a needle, thread, and a fabric patch. Follow this tutorial here! *Remember - it's best to add a patch when you feel the jeans getting thin vs. when they've ripped.
Denim Therapy is a service that can be used by anyone in the U.S, because you simply mail your jeans to them for repair, and then they are sent back to you.