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Thread: My husband just doesn't understand.

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    He came home last night as I was cutting up some of his old jeans. He said, are you sure those aren't any good. Well he is the one who quit wearing them. I said yes, they have holes in them. He says you can make quilts, but you can't patch holes. I explained that I quilt for fun, it is my hobby. It doesn't mean I want to spend my time patching holes. Now, I have patched some in the past, and it's not always easy to patch knee holes and pocket holes, and now we can afford to buy him new jeans, when he needs them. He also told me once, that one of the guys he worked with, wanted to know if I would patch some of his jeans, umm no. I work everyday and just don't want to patch clothes. I will sew up some things for the grandkids though, they are special. So anyone else not like to patch clothes.

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    I understand you completely! I would rather give away a pair of pants rather than hem them ! Give me a king size quilt to sew on anyday!

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    I do it but HATE it!!

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    I don't even want to hem my own pants. I used to sew clothes all the time, just don't want to do that anymore.

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    I hate patching cloths my kids bring me jeans all the time to patch and I usually do it but here is a pair I refused! LOL
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    tell him that asking a quilter to patch is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!

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    I get my Mom to do it. She loves to feel needed. The boys always need something hemmed or patches and they get Granny to do it. She always puts a treat in the pocket so it is a win/win thing.

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    If it is a newer pair, I will patch a pair...reluctantly. I open up a side seam and patch the knee if needed. On an old pair, I don't repair because the repair will be sturdy but the surrounding fabric too weak. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    Up North, I think you should be able to whip that pair back into shape in no time, lol. If it is something new, and he has torn a small hole or rip in it, I will fix it, to keep it from getting bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I hate patching cloths my kids bring me jeans all the time to patch and I usually do it but here is a pair I refused! LOL
    Ditto, I get this all the time from GS and his friends, I started charging and now I don't have to patch, LOL
    I'd rather make totes out of them. Hello :thumbup:

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    I told him I would buy him a new pair!! I guess I could have sewn some fancy boxers inside them!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmay60
    He came home last night as I was cutting up some of his old jeans. He said, are you sure those aren't any good. Well he is the one who quit wearing them. I said yes, they have holes in them. He says you can make quilts, but you can't patch holes. I explained that I quilt for fun, it is my hobby. It doesn't mean I want to spend my time patching holes. Now, I have patched some in the past, and it's not always easy to patch knee holes and pocket holes, and now we can afford to buy him new jeans, when he needs them. He also told me once, that one of the guys he worked with, wanted to know if I would patch some of his jeans, umm no. I work everyday and just don't want to patch clothes. I will sew up some things for the grandkids though, they are special. So anyone else not like to patch clothes.
    I would tell him it's not that I can't patch jeans. I WON'T. END OF SUBJECT.

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    Hate it :!: :!:

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    I totally understand. People are always asking me if I can mend or hem up pants. Of course I can, but I hate to so I don't, LOL. I give them directions to an alteration shop.

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    Last time DD wanted to patch pants, I showed her how.

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    Someone posted the other day that when they are asked to mend, she told them that she isn't qualified to do that properly. She is a quilter. I loved that, and will be using it next time I am hit up to mend something, lol.

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    I hear ya, sister! I'll hem, when I feel like it, but I won't patch for him. My kids, yes, but honestly it's not worth my time. My husband doesn't "get it" either. But your QB pals do :)

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    He doesn't get mad about it, he usually jokes about it to friends. He always says, she has a $6000 machine, but it doesn't sew on buttons. BTW, it is not a $6000 machine, lol. I didn't enjoy cutting up the jeans, as much as I thought I would, so I may just pitch them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmay60
    He came home last night as I was cutting up some of his old jeans. He said, are you sure those aren't any good. Well he is the one who quit wearing them. I said yes, they have holes in them. He says you can make quilts, but you can't patch holes. I explained that I quilt for fun, it is my hobby. It doesn't mean I want to spend my time patching holes. Now, I have patched some in the past, and it's not always easy to patch knee holes and pocket holes, and now we can afford to buy him new jeans, when he needs them. He also told me once, that one of the guys he worked with, wanted to know if I would patch some of his jeans, umm no. I work everyday and just don't want to patch clothes. I will sew up some things for the grandkids though, they are special. So anyone else not like to patch clothes.
    Nowadays, many people won't wear patched clothes, period. Years ago, when DH#1 was working as a welder, I frequently had to patch the burned out holes, after my MIL explained how it was done with a straight-stitch only machine.

    Current DH wouldn't wear patched jeans.

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    I know, he won't wear them to work, either. Heck, people pay for jeans with hole them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia
    tell him that asking a quilter to patch is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!
    Amen!
    My personal favorite quote. :D

    Jan in VA

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    Ach! DH is a farmer and he would give me grocery sacks full of jeans that needed patching when we first met. So I patched. And patched. Finally it got to the point where the jeans were tearing out along the seam lines where I had sewn the patches on. The jeans were just plain rotten. Why, I had to finally put my foot down! Now I only patch small tears in newer jeans. If they need to be re-built from the pockets down, well they become grease rags around here now. I'd do darn near anything for my DH but there are limits on how long a pair of jeans will last. He still tries to get me to patch sometimes, bless his heart but I stand my ground on this issue, lol!

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    Totally agree with all of you. I hate to patch also. The last thing I patched for my DS, I put a quilt label I had messed up over the hole. He looked at me a little strangely and laughed.

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    I normally don't patch. I also avoid most mending, just hate it. But I did fix some zippers for my daughter because she begged. I would rather start fresh and make something new then fix a zipper, but she loved the skirts so I did it for her. Then the other day y husband brought home some mending for a gal at his work. Nothing hard to do, just a hem and a couple of seams, but still. She was shocked at what the cleaners wanted to fix them. I told him, ok, this time, but don't do it again. We'll see how that works out.

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    Patching is an art. The trick is to patch and you can't tell it.... :^) It is all in how you look at it I guess.

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