Instructables

Emergency Seam Repair

Everyone has had one of those moments where, you are doing some work, unsuspectingly you bend over and..........

Then This Happens!!!

No worries, You are in luck, you can make a few repairs and it costs little time and money and it is super strong, even in the seams of the seat of your pants.

It won't take the big cash out of your wallet either, and is easy to do, too.

 
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Step 1: Step 1: What you will need.

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  1. A Hot Glue Gun, preferably one that has two temperature settings.
  2. A non stick, or heat resistant surface that can tolerate a little hot glue. I used an old piece of 1 x 6 as my board to work on.
  3. A pair of scissors, sewing scissors or even a pair of shears for paper with a sharp edge that can cut the strings or fabric of denim or cotton.

Step 2: Step 2: Trim it up.

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Start by cutting away any extra strings on the pants or shirt. Here I just snip away all the extra string.

Step 3: Step 3: Line up your seam.

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I lay out my seam here and look at the result of the trimming. I did the next few steps wrong, but is shows how easy a mistake can happen. The result is better when you do it right.

Step 4: Step 4: Adding the glue.

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For large holes it is best to work in parts, a little glue and press the fabric seam over the exposed tear. Here is where I went sideways, I started pressing the fabric over the seam rather than the seam over the fabric. Leaving an unsightly but still effective repair.

Step 5: Step 5: The result of the first hole repair.

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The first hole was the larger of the two, It covered a wide area and I eventually ended up having some weird folds when I finished, creases that just look weird.

Step 6: Step 6: Fixing the second hole

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The second hole is like the first, I applied glue on the fabric, pressed the seam firmly and the fabric holds in place. The glue absorbs and hold the seam in place and it became strong right away. Sealed the tear completely.

seamster4 months ago

I can't say I've ever hot glued my pants together! But this looks like a quick way to get a little more life out of your jeans.

Thanks for sharing this!

grooverjamesr (author)  seamster4 months ago
Welcome, I was at work, imagine my terror when I bent over! But I made it through the day because I am not around a lot of people. But somewhere during the day it dawned on me I could do a repair without having extensive time spent sewing and stitching every single little thread.
Paracord would have been my other option to stitch it shut, but that would take 5 hours carefully hand sewing everything.
Wish I had a nice sewing machine though at times!
unclelar4 months ago

I can't see how this would be very durable.Have you tried washing them yet? If so how well did it hold up? I gotta try this !!

grooverjamesr (author)  unclelar4 months ago
Durable is a broad spectrum term. I glued the pants up, gave them a really good tug, and the seam held, of course if I pulled much harder it would have started ripping the fabric where it was still weak from previous wear. I haven't washed these pant at all since, plan to do that tomorrow.
But, I do have another project I have extensively run under water, a watch I wear all the time, work with in water and have glued the band Velcro on many times and the glue holds well. I can imagine it is pretty good glue.
Thanks for the comments!