For years, these sat with a broken belt loop. Eventually, I fixed it and it's held ever since. The seat wore out, and I sort of fixed it, but not very well. Then, these jeans were finally giving up the ghost when the mending job I did on the seat started to tear. And then the knee got a big ol' hole in it.
Sure, I have several other pairs of jeans in my closet, but I am going to get a little bit more wear out of these. I kept having trouble parsing the method for fixing knees, though, when you have feeddogs and you need to mend the fabric a certain direction. Enter: THE FREE-MOTION QUILTING FOOT.
YOU GUYS. WHAT HAVE I BEEN WAITING FOR?
I also have a pair of fancy dancy Seven Jeans, which I have only worn once. Ever. I won't even tell you how long I've owned them. They came with holes in them already (I heard my mom in my head as I bought them, saying "You don't buy pants that already have holes in them!". Luckily I got a very good deal on these, so I felt okay buying them.) A while back I *tried* to put a little patch behind the GIGANTIC hole in the knee, but again, that feed dog/directional sewing problem was standing in my way. I stowed the fancy dancy jeans in my closet and hid my shame from the world.
ENTER: MY NEW BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, THE FREE-MOTION QUILTING FOOT.
Okay, can we discuss something about "designer" jeans for a moment? I'm short. I guess 5'4" is average, and I'm 5'3" I have pretty long legs for someone my height, but you can only put so much length in the legs when you're only 63 inches tall. These "knee" holes in the designer jeans? They fall on my shins. MY SHINS. So even if I had left them open and hole-y, they would look ridiculous, because no one ever rips their jeans open on their shins. They just don't, trust me on this one.
I mended these all within 15 minutes of each-other, I was on a roll!! I dug deeper in my closet and located another pair that were eaten in the chain on my bicycle (about a week after I bought them, I was so mad about that one.), so those went under the machine again.
DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVE THAT FREAKING FREE-MOTION QUILTING FOOT?
I was so excited about fixing all these pants that had been neglected, so I ran to my housemate, where she produced a pair with a big rip next to the zipper. FIXED.
I LOVE YOU, FREE-MOTION QUILTING FOOT. BE MINE FOREVER PLEASE.
In case you are wondering, I have amazon prime and I picked up this foot for 14 bucks. If you are going to do any quilting, mend some jeans, sew lots of layers, just buy the thing already. It's amazing.