A loved pair of jeans inspired this blog post. Worn out jeans mean either toss out or repair….toss is not an option for these loved jeans, so repair it is!
Having sewn for years, I’ve had many fancy sewing machines. I must admit I tend to use only the basic features of my machine and occasionally use a special foot or two. Once I have an opportunity to use a new foot or feature I always think, wow that sure made that process easier!
This is the case with the free motion quilting open toe foot.
To mend the jean’s holes, I cut and ironed on fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the worn areas. This makes a lightweight foundation for machine darning.
I attached the open toe foot to the machine and lowered the feed dog (those little teeth that move your fabric as you sew).
Set the machine to zig zag.
This is how it looked when done.
On one side I used an embroidery hoop, and on the other without. The embroidery hoop was helpful, but not necessary for decent results. Jeans are a tricky fabric to match thread to. Next time I will shop for a smokey blue variegated thread.
This free motion procedure sure can defer some gently worn clothing from the trash bin! Many machines come with this foot, but they can also be purchased as an accessory. Im going to try this on some sweaters next!