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How to Mend Your Favorite Pair of Jeans – Part 3

Sewing with denim

Everyone has that one pair of jeans they can’t live without, no matter what the season. So what do you need when you accidentally rip out the hem? You can’t just throw away your beloved jeans and spend $20-$100 trying to replace them! Altering jeans yourself can be tricky if you don’t have the right tools. Banasch has the supplies you need to mend a hole or torn hemline on your favorite pair of jeans.

Sewing denim can be intimidating. There are a lot of tools that are specially designed for this sturdy fabric.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are sewing denim:

  1. Pre-wash your jeans before working with them, especially if they are a brand new pair.
  2. Be sure that you are using a sewing needle designed specifically for denim.
  3. Use jean thread. It is sturdy enough to be used with denim and gives jeans that traditional, bold finish.
  4. Use sharp tools. Denim frays very easily so it is important to use sharp cutting tools to reduce fray and get a nice clean cut. Click here to view Banasch’s selection of cutting tools. 
  5. Practice on another old pair of jeans or piece denim that you wont miss. As you have probably heard a hundred times before – Practice Makes Perfect!
  6. Keep your iron handy.
More information on Jean Thread and Denim Needles:

Denim/Jean needles are specifically designed for penetrating thick, woven fabrics. The most popular type of jean needles for a home sewing machine is Schmetz, available in a variety of sizes.

schmetz jean needles

Jean thread is used to give jeans that traditional bold top stitch, and is strong enough to be sewn through tough denim fabric.



Tex 60 jean thread is available in many colors:
  • Back
  • White
  • Beige
  • Navy
  • Brown
  • Natural
  • Gold
  • Light gold
  • Postman blue
  • Red
  • Orange

You can get a 6,000yd cone for $22.85 or 600yd tube for $5.35.

jean thread t60 tube and cone
Jean thread, tube and cone


You don’t need to throw away your favorite pair of jeans because of a little hole! Rescue your jeans, and save time and money with Banasch’s Inc. Sewing Supplies. Be sure to check out our selection of jean thread, buttons, and mending patches available online or over the phone.

This is part 3 of a three part series. Check out our first two posts here!

Part 1 – Replacing a jean button that ripped through your jeans

Part 2 – Tips & Tricks for ironing a patch over a hole in your jeans

You may also be interested in our guide to scissors, trimmers and shears.