Super crotch blow out problem

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    Hey everyone. Blew out my APC PS crotch while short-boarding to class. It's pretty bad. The tailor that patched them the other times said that a normal patch job that they could do wouldn't work. Took them to Self Edge and they said I shouldn't waste the money to have them fix it. Any ideas on how I could fix these up? I'm obviously not trying to have them look like nothing happened or anything. I just don't want to have to completely retire them. They look nice otherwise.

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    Ouch!

    How much would SF ask for that?

    Since everyone is telling you the jeans' dead, if I were you I'd try to repair myself, even if It means doing it by hands.
    If it doesn't work you can keep the denim for repairs on your next ones.
     
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    Yeah, Self Edge charges $40USD for all their repairs, but they said it would hardly be worth it because the finished product wouldn't look that good since there's so much fabric loss. These are my first pair of raw denim, so I don't wanna just use them as scrap denim for future repairs. They have sedimental value to me.

    I was thinking of just getting a pair of cheap jeans from a thrift store, cutting the crotch area out of those and then stitching it along the inside of the APCs. I know it won't look great, but it seems like it might be able to make them wearable again. Any thoughts on this plan? Seem doable?
     
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    Hi Kevin - had to laugh at the "sedimental" - I suspect you mean sentimental, but sedimental for such a pedigree jeans is really beautiful.

    I advise against using cheap denim to repair the good denim APC's are made of. I also place great emotional value on my old jeans and fully appreciate your desire you rescue these. If you repair, try to get some decent denim, ideally good quality denim of similar, ideally identical ounce weight that is used by APC. It should be faded to a degree at least similarly as your jeans are now. Won't be easy, but is perhaps doable. Perhaps Self edge is still your best bet, they are experts after all and will make it look as good as is possible.

    Only one more thought from a devoted freeballer: you may not wanna wear these commando before any repair...:p :icon_twisted:
     
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    Hahaha yeah, you're totally right. I meant sentimental. Yeah I would rather have some better quality denim in there to patch it up. It's just harder to come by. I'll try and resist free-balling in these for the mean time. Haha I'm not expert when it comes to the type of thread I should use to stitch this up when I get it figured out. Any suggestions? I've had troubles in the past with thread not holding up very well.
     
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    Crotch repairs are really tricky since there is so much movement at that area. I've retired jeans for lesser rips, maybe it's time to let go and move on?
    But if you do decide to repair them I would pay to have them done by a pro, since that really is a rather tricky repair unless you're extremely handy with a needle and thread.
     
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    Yeah I don't intend on wearing them much even if I get them fixed for that reason. I doubt they'll hold up very well to any repair. I just want the option to be able to throw them on every blue moon since they're my most worn in pair.
     
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    I think if you manage to get them repaired well, with good denim, by a pro with approriate machinery, you' ll actually be able to wear them pretty much without concern, except perhaps for the most "heavy duty" kind of thing.

    I had a pair of Skulls, damaged in a not unsimilar way, repaired so well that I now love to wear 'em again, not holding back on my freeballing preference. The repair is very visible, but not obtrusive. So I'm living proof it can be done.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    I'm a clothing tech designer (in fashion) and used to do alterations for a living. The repair is simple. There's a product called "Stitch Witchery" that can be purchased by the yard, to fuse the damage area with the denim material you're going to use to repair the crotch. After fusing, you'll need to do a fine zig-zag stitch along the area that's ripped to reinforce it to the fabric underneath. Then stitch the front rise back together, and stitch the inseam. Good luck!
     

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