It happens to the best of us. We don’t mean to, but it happens. Our pants get a rip or a tear, and sometimes in the most delicate places! But no worries; your favorite pants aren’t ruined. If you’ve got a sewing machine equipped with a zig-zag stitch and just a few minutes, that rip will be history in no time!
How to mend a straight rip or tear in your pants.
First things first; make sure that the rip your are trying to mend isn’t jagged. This quick stitch trick won’t work for you unless your tear is essentially straight. The slit I’m repairing today was basically straight, as you can see below.
In most instances, I’d suggest turning your pants inside out, but in this case, I sew on the right side of the fabric. Why? Because, in my humble opinion, the stitching appears neater when sewing this way. So, grab your sewing machine, find a matching thread for your fabric (or not), set your stitch to a tight and narrow zig-zag, and get the tear all lined up. You may prefer to pin the pieces together for stability… for keeping the torn edges together and straight… for the sake of neatness and generally good sewing habits… As for me, you can just call me The Lazy Seamstress. I know, I know – I should pin. I should be neat BUT I have personally found that I do better (for the most part) when I forgo the the pinning. So, pin if you like… or don’t! I don’t have a photo of the pants and rip all lined up with my sewing machine foot, though I’m sure you’ll do a-ok without it! Just get the fabric and tear lined up, tuck a tiny bit before the initial edge of the rip under your sewing foot, take a deep breath and… sew! When you get to the end of the tear, keep sewing, just a tad more. This ensures you get the entire area sewn shut.
Once you’ve finished, you may want to flip the pants (or whatever garment you’re trying to fix) inside out. I did this, as you can see below, to check and make sure that I got entire hole sewn shut. Looks good (enough), right?
Once you’ve confirmed that the rip is officially no more, return your clothing to right side out and wallah! You’re done! Admire that pretty zig-zag, cut any excess thread, and put those bad boys on! Or, if you’re like me and usually repairing clothes for one of your kids or Hubby, fold them up and get them back into the rotation of clothes!
I know – I should have changed to a matching color before sewing. Should have… but if I’d done that, I might lose my title of The Lazy Seamstress.
What do you think about my
lazy easy way to mend a straight rip or tear? Feel free to leave your comments or questions below & I’ll respond just as soon as I’m able! Happy mending!