How to Fix a Belt Loop on Jeans

comments (2) February 20th, 2009     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres the problem: The belt loop pulls away from the denim, leaving a hole where it should be attached.
Start by fusing a small piece of heavy-duty interfacing to the wrong side of the hole.  DO NOT TRIM THE LOOSE THREADS AROUND THE HOLE! All of the loose threads sticking out inside the hole will fuse to the interfacing to help create a base to darn or free-motion stitch over the hole.
Pick an all-purpose thread thats a shade of blue that will blend with the denim... something thats in the middle, not too light or dark. Either use the darning stitch on your machine or drop the feed dogs and free-motion scribble stitch back and forth over the hole. (I prefer to stitch back and forth over the hole myself.) Keep stitching evenly across the hole until the torn threads in the hole meld with the interfacing.
Use heavy topstitch thread to reattach the belt loop such as Jean Stitch from YLI. Use a size 16 topstitch needle and all-purpose thread in the bobbin. Tighten your upper tension to 5 or 6 to balance the stitch. If you picked a good thread color that blends with the denim, the hole looks like one of those distressed spots that you can find on fancy couture jeans!
Heres the problem: The belt loop pulls away from the denim, leaving a hole where it should be attached.

Here's the problem: The belt loop pulls away from the denim, leaving a hole where it should be attached.

Photo: Jen Stern

I don't know how they do it...men have a special talent for pulling the lower end of their belt loops off their jeans. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they put their overstuffed wallets in their back pocket and it causes extra stress to the poor defenseless belt loop that's positioned above the pocket. In any case, I had a pile of jeans to fix for my boyfriend, so I decided to snap a few pics along the way to show you how to fix this knatty little problem.

It's really a two step process. First, you need to patch the hole and then the belt loop needs to be reattached. Doing sewing-repair jobs is one of my least favorite things to do, but happily there is no need to avoid this one—it takes five minutes!

 

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dcervan123 writes: "Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they put their overstuffed wallets in their back pocket and it causes extra stress to the poor defenseless belt loop that's positioned above the pocket"

WRONG! It's because we put our fat finger in the loop to pull our pants up closer to our fat bellies! The only way to solve this problem is: Put us on a diet!
Posted: 4:10 pm on September 4th
buzzbuzzbee writes: um, maybe I was a man in my other life...all my old studio pants have broken belt loops -- all done by me! anyway, thanks for this tutorial. You are my belt's new best friend!
Posted: 2:10 pm on May 8th
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