Repairing damaged goods is always better than buying anew, and Self-Edge‘s new Darn-It! studio tends to denim with an unparalleled eye for quality and authenticity. The studio’s workhorses include two different 1950s Singer Darning Machines, an ultra rare 43200G Union Special Chainstitching Machine and a 1920s Steel Kick Press.
These beautiful machines do justice to quality denim by faithfully recreating the finishes found on classic pairs of jeans – and the adage that they “made things better back then” certainly holds true. Owner Kiya Babzani also has an utterly encyclopedic knowledge of all things denim – so even if you can’t tell a chain stitch from a clam stitch you know you’re in good hands.
Darn-It! specializes in hard-to-find services like chainstiched hems and fixing holes without the use of patches, but they can pull off just about any job you can imagine – from replacing buttons and zippers to fixing torn pocket bags and installing iron-riveted suspender buttons. Repairs cost a flat fee of $40 or $25 for a products purchased at Self Edge.
Is it worth it? You can see for yourself here – sewing expert Rain Delisle was able to piece together a pair of tattered jeans in a matter of minutes using a Singer Darning Machine. The repair is barely noticeable and it feels sturdy enough to extend the life of the denim by years.