Hubby asked me once again to patch his favourite work-about jeans. This will be the fourth time since I told him it was the last time that I would no longer breath life back into his beloved jeans . There is not enough of the original fabric to sew, so they are primarily held together by speed sew and pieces of scrap denim. Everytime they go in the wash, he is a bit anxious that they may come out in many pieces. There are two negotiations we enter. The first being my insistance that they be washed. He nods in agreement, but it sometimes takes a few days if I'm not quick enough to grab them at night and put them in the washer ( that way they can dry by the fire overnight). If they come out still in one piece, we enter a second set of negotiations...should they be repaired. With the cost of speed sew and the amount of denim used to hold them together ( and the hour of piece work involved), I'm sure we could have purchased a couple pairs by now. It seems to be becoming a challenge...how long can we keep them going. I hold them up to the light and look inside to find the necessary targets for denim and glue. He won yesterdays negotiations and an hour and a half later they were pieced together once again. As those of us who have patches on jeans and have worn darned socks know, there is always a period of adjustment to the feel of the mend. I think...think...this will be the last patch up. I am putting patches now where only the wearer of the jeans can know they are there. There is some definite "adjusting" going on , but the smile he has about having his jeans back must make it worth it. You've gotta see it to believe it. He says the front looks as though he is a fashionable teenager. ermmmm... Usually last years work jeans become the summer's cut offs. I don't think these will make it. That will be another set of negotiations.