Khaki pants are common everyday wear. They are sturdy and comfortable. They can be worn at home, in the office, or on any other occasion. This makes them common in many men’s wardrobes.
Because of their functionality and versatility, it gets hard to let go of khaki trousers. They are durable and will wear out after a long time. Even then, holes in khaki pants can be easily repaired. Allowing you to keep wearing your favorite khaki pants for longer.
How Do You Fix A Hole In Khaki Pants?
You can fix holes in khaki pants in different ways. The easiest and most common way is sewing by hand. Thread a needle with a long piece of thread. Start stitching slightly before the hole and proceed with tight threads to the end of the hole. Make a knot then cut off the thread.
Method 1. Fix Holes Sewing By Hand
Step 1. Before you start fixing the hole, examine your pants. How many holes are there and are they repairable? If any threads are hanging around the holes, cut them off with scissors to avoid running. Also, wash, dry, and iron the pants so that they don’t have any wrinkles while you are fixing the hole. The wrinkles could cause the appearance of the pants to change after sewing.
Step 2. Turn the pants inside out. You will sew your pants inside out so that the stitches you make are not visible on the right side. Sewing threads visible on the outside make your pants ugly. Make sure that your stitches do not pass over to the right side while you are fixing the hole on your pants. You also have better visibility of the hole that you are fixing.
Step 3. Thread your needle. To fix a hole in your pants by hand, all you need is a needle and thread. Make sure that the thread you use is similar in color to your pants. This removes the chances of creating a visible and ugly patch on your khakis. Make sure that your needle is well threaded with a much longer thread than the hole you need to fix. It makes sewing easy and fast.
Step 4. Start mending the hole. Before you make your first stitch, pinch the hole together as tightly as possible. Your one hand holds the needle, while the other hand pinches the hole on your pants. Make your first stitch just before the hole starts and bring back your needle at the hole. Make another stitch and tie a knot on your thread.
You can use any stitches that you are comfortable with. The most commonly used stitches to fix holes on khaki pants are the backstitch and ladder stitch. They are easy to make and produce a neat outcome. When properly done, the ladder stitch is invisible.
Step 5. After the knot at the beginning of the hole, keep stitching to the end of the hole. Make your stitches close to each other so that you can keep the hole tightly shut. Take care of your other hand so that you don’t stab yourself with the needle. At the end of the hole, add an extra stitch and tie off with a firm knot.
Step 6. Cut off the excess thread on the needle. And you have successfully fixed the hole on your khaki pants. Turn it back to the right way and confirm that the hole is properly fixed. Importantly, confirm that the stitches you used to fix the hole are not visible on the right side of the pants.
Your pants are now in a proper wearable condition. You can wear them immediately after fixing the hole as they were already clean and ironed. Put them on to confirm that they are properly fixed and are wearable.
Method 2. Embroidering Over The Hole
Step 1. You can also fix a hole in khaki pants by embroidering over it. Whether you can fix a hole by embroidery is mostly determined by the position of the hole and your embroidery skills. If you don’t have embroidery skills, you can opt for the above method to fix holes in your pants.
If the hole on your pants is on a visible part, for example, the knees, you can use embroidery to fix it.
Step 2. For proper embroidery to fix the hole, you will need embroidery threads. Embroidery threads don’t have to be the same color as the khaki pants you want to fix. You will also need the right embroidery threads that can sew through khaki easily. You also need a marking pencil that you will use to draw the embroidery design you want to make around the hole. You could also use tracing paper for this purpose. You may also require an embroidery hoop to hold your pants taut as you embroider.
Step 3. Prepare your khaki pants for embroidery. This means that your pants need to be clean and well ironed. The location of the hole needs to be properly prepared by cutting off any excess threads that may be loose around the hole. Cut them as close as possible to the garment to avoid running. With the loose threads cut off, you are now ready to begin embroidering over the hole to fix it.
Step 4. With your fabric marking pens or ordinary pencils, draw your embroidery design over the hole on your pants. Make your design as clear as possible so that when you start embroidering you don’t have to struggle to refer back to where you copied or traced it from.
Make sure that the marking pencils are not permanent. If you don’t embroider over the marks, you don’t want them visible when you have your pants on.
Step 5. Thread your embroidery needle with embroidery thread. Khakis pants are quite strong and can comfortably hold as many as six strands of embroidery thread. You can also use fewer strands of the thread depending on the embroidery design that you want to make on the pants.
Some designs will seem too heavy when you have more strands of thread, while others are done best with more strands.
Step 6. Pick a starting point on your khaki pants around the hole on your pants and start your embroidery. Follow the design as you have drawn it. You can use different color threads for your embroidery if your design requires you to. Use a long thread so that you don’t have to stop to rethread. This may confuse your embroidery process and end up having an eyesore on your pants.
Step 7. Now embroider your design over the hole in your khaki pants to its satisfactory end. Cut off any excess thread that is left on the needle. Make sure that your final knot is not visible or incorporate it as part of your embroidery design.
Step 8. Confirm that the embroidery design you have made has sufficiently fixed the hole on your khaki pants. Wear your khakis to feel that they still retain their comfort and their wearability.
How To Successfully Patch Up Your Pants
There are many ways to sew torn pants. One of the most common methods is patching them. Patching pants seems like an easy thing to do but it isn’t.
To patch up pants, you need a patch, sewing thread, or glue, and your torn pants, ready to be patched. You can patch up any torn part of your pants.
You can fix patches by sewing or by using glue. To patch with glue, turn your pants inside out. Measure the size of the hole on your pants. Then measure a patch to fit on the hole. Let the patch be bigger by about ? inches on both sides.
Apply glue all around the hole to be patched. Apply glue on the patch also and lay it on the hole. Then iron to press the patch on the pants.
Instead of glue, you can sew the patch on by hand or with a sewing machine.
How to Fix A Hole On Your Pants With A Sewing Machine
Prepare your pants for mending by cutting the threads around the hole to ensure that it is ready to be sewn. Wind your bobbin with the thread that you will use to sew your pants. Make sure that your bobbin is properly wound in the sewing machine. Sewing is difficult when the bobbin is not properly wound. It causes threads to pucker and skip as you sew.
Now thread the spool of your sewing machine. Threading the spool leads to threading the sewing machine needle. Proper threading helps regulate the tension of the thread as you sew. Follow the needle threading guidelines and insert your thread in and around all the hooks and the needle for perfect threading.
Now, thread your bobbin. Threading the bobbin gives you the lower side thread that the needle picks as it sews.
After you have threaded your bobbin, set your machine to a zigzag stitch. Align the hole on your pants with the sewing machine needle and sew. Cut off the thread at the end of the hole.