There’s one key problem with raw denim which can happen at anytime during the life cycle of a pair of jeans. After months and months of wear, key areas like the crotch and back pockets can blow out and your hard-earned, epic fades can seem like a lost cause.
Selfedge in New York is one of the few places equipped with a 1950s Singer Darning Machine, which can repair your busted jeans using one of the most natural methods. Darning is much more durable than a simple patch job and essentially creates and weaves new fabric into the old denim, creating a more natural look that gets better with age.
For more information, check out this video from Complex Magazine, featuring Selfedge and 3sixteen’s Andrew Chen, who talks us through the darning process. If you’re based in the UK and have a pair of beaten jeans that you can’t bear to let go of, we’d recommend checking out The Denim Doctor for denim repairs.