Oh, no! I ripped my jeans. What to expect when you patch your jeans
We’ve all been there... You make one small movement and a frightful tearing sound comes from the seat of your favorite pair of jeans. It has happened to the best of us and despite our better judgement, we’ve all kept a pair of pants around for one wear longer than we should have.
Everyone has ripped a hole in their jeans… You’re not alone!
It’s time we talked openly and honestly about the reality of that unfortunate tear in the seat of your pants.
When jeans begin to rip, which typically a sign that the jean is nearing it’s end, it is usually the result of a seam burst or tear in the seat of the jean. Adding a patch to the tear in your jeans is a service that most professional cleaners will provide. However, this treatment will only delay the inevitable for a short period of time.
When you apply a patch to denim, you're introducing new and most likely stronger fabric to the garment. As you wear the garment more, the area surrounding the patch will take on additional stress, causing it to wear and eventually tear. Since the fabric of the patch is strong and the surrounding area is most likely weaker, the point of defect usually just moves from the patched tear to the surrounding area.
While a patch may add some extra life to your garment, it's really just a matter of time until you create more damage to the garment. On the bright side, you can think of this as an opportunity to upgrade to that new pair of denim you had your eye on.