It’s On Sale: Denim Therapy Credit
Another nice deal on Denim Therapy credit. Gilt is offering $40 or $80 in store credit with the denim repair company for half off. You can use these guys to repair rips, holes, tears, or any other kind of damage in your jeans, and get a bit more life out of your denim. Also good for chainstitched hemming.

It’s On Sale: Denim Therapy Credit

Another nice deal on Denim Therapy credit. Gilt is offering $40 or $80 in store credit with the denim repair company for half off. You can use these guys to repair rips, holes, tears, or any other kind of damage in your jeans, and get a bit more life out of your denim. Also good for chainstitched hemming.

Denim Therapy on Groupon
Groupon has a deal right now for 50% off on Denim Therapy credits. You can buy $40 in store credit for $20, or $80 in store credit for $40. 
I’ve never used Denim Therapy before, but there are a number of good reviews for them on Superdenim (a forum for serious denim enthusiasts). You can use them for the kinds of repairs Pete and I have talked about, such as crotch blowouts, ripped buttonholes, or frayed cuffs. One thing to note - you may want to shop around for prices before you jump on the Groupon deal. Denim Therapy’s prices depend on what kind of damage you need repaired, while Self Edge’s “Darn It” service, on the other hand, charges a $40 flat fee. Depending on what you need done, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

Denim Therapy on Groupon

Groupon has a deal right now for 50% off on Denim Therapy credits. You can buy $40 in store credit for $20, or $80 in store credit for $40. 

I’ve never used Denim Therapy before, but there are a number of good reviews for them on Superdenim (a forum for serious denim enthusiasts). You can use them for the kinds of repairs Pete and I have talked about, such as crotch blowouts, ripped buttonholes, or frayed cuffs. One thing to note - you may want to shop around for prices before you jump on the Groupon deal. Denim Therapy’s prices depend on what kind of damage you need repaired, while Self Edge’s “Darn It” service, on the other hand, charges a $40 flat fee. Depending on what you need done, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

Denim Therapy Discount
Gilt is offering a deal on Denim Therapy credits. Spend $25 for $50 worth of credit, or $50 for $100. I’ve never used Denim Therapy before, but there are a number of good reviews for them on Superdenim (a forum for serious denim enthusiasts). Use them for the kinds of repairs Pete and I have been talking about lately. 

Denim Therapy Discount

Gilt is offering a deal on Denim Therapy credits. Spend $25 for $50 worth of credit, or $50 for $100. I’ve never used Denim Therapy before, but there are a number of good reviews for them on Superdenim (a forum for serious denim enthusiasts). Use them for the kinds of repairs Pete and I have been talking about lately. 

Repairing Jeans

As many readers know, the point of buying jeans made from high-quality denim is to get something that will age well and look better with time. In the process of wearing your jeans hard, however, you’ll find that certain stress points can “blow out,” particularly around the pockets, hem, crotch, knees, and buttonholes. A tailor or denim repair specialist can fix these for you, usually by using a technique called “darning.”

Darning is a process where you essentially “reweave” new yarns into an area that has been worn thin or completely blown out. A friend of mine recently darned my 3sixteens, and I just got them back this weekend. The first photo above shows my jeans before they were repaired, and the second shows them after. The jeans were getting a bit thin after about eight months of effective wear, but after some darning, the weak areas have been reinforced and they’re as study as they day they came. 

Generally speaking, you want to repair your jeans at the first sign of danger. Like all fabrics, denim is woven with yarns running lengthwise (called the warp), and transverse threads running the width (called the weft). On denim, the blue warp yarns are typically the first to give out, so you know what areas are in danger of “blowing out” when you only see the white weft yarns holding an area together. If not taken care of soon, the area can suddenly just rip. The worse the damage, the more noticeable the repair will be. (Though, even with a badly ripped area, a good tailor can perform a pretty good repair. Here’s a particularly impressive job over at Superdenim, posted in a thread about just this topic.)

Many tailors can darn your jeans for a reasonably small fee, but if you’re not sure who to go to, or if your jeans are particularly dear to you, you may want to go to a specialty shop. Operations such Self Edge, Blue in Green, Denim Doctors, Denim Therapy, Schaeffer’s Garment Hotel, and Denim Surgeon are commonly recommended in the denim community. Some of these places might charge a little more than your local tailor, but you can be sure they’ll also do an excellent job. 

If you’re feeling up for the challenge, you can also learn how to darn your own jeans. These two ladies have a tutorial on YouTube, and The Bandanna Almanac has a post on how to darn by hand. I imagine the second technique won’t give you something sturdy enough for jeans, but it looks like a neat thing to learn.