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I just purchased a sewing machine in order to do some clothing repair. I got some jeans from high school back in working order (circa 1997) and my favorite pair of shorts that essentially had no inner thighs from my climbing harness wearing them thin.

I've got a pile of cycling shorts, all with really nice chamois, that I'd love to get back in working order. Wonder if any of you guys have revived previously trashed shorts back into life. Several of these shorts are torn near the chamois and not on any seam. Love to see some pictures to get ideas.

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Kinsler, I'm a "technical sewing specialist". I've saved tons of gear for folks over the years, made jerseys.....
A company called aero tech makes really nice replacement chamois. They have gender specific, wicking, really nice ones for around $25.
You can put new elastic in shorts, but it's labor intensive to get the old stuff off.

Not sure why a denim foot is being suggested for Lycra. if you have sewing skills, there are better repair options such as patching with other Lycra.
Here's a bit of shameless self promotion. I've been repairing technical clothing for over 15 years. I did a blog entry on making your own shorts a while ago. I'm pretty sure there is a link on where to get those chamois in the post.
Making Lycra Shorts for Cycling | Specialty Outdoors
Lots of tips and links for the do it yourselfer at the site.

Sent from my iPad - Stupid autocorrect!
 

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My bad .. the denim foot NOT for lycra .. just for any other heavier material repairs. Over the years I just have certain things on hand for repairs that I do for myself.

However, you have more credentials in that area of expertise than I do.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Most of my holes are right on the junction between the inner thigh and chamois. I actually had a metal burr on a seatpost that went through 3 pairs of shorts before I realized the cause.
Formica- Looks like maybe I should just send a these to a pro! Have you had success at reviving shorts with holes in high stress areas?
 

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Thanks for the responses. Most of my holes are right on the junction between the inner thigh and chamois. I actually had a metal burr on a seatpost that went through 3 pairs of shorts before I realized the cause.
Formica- Looks like maybe I should just send a these to a pro! Have you had success at reviving shorts with holes in high stress areas?
Tears at that spot is sort of a seam. I have repaired holes there, as long as they have not gotten too large, by sewing the Lycra to the pad. Try to do a flat seam to minimize bulk.
 

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A good way to patch lycra is with a circle of lycra that is about 1" bigger than the actual hole. Sew it on with a zig zag. If the pad is not in teh way, patch it from the inside first so that is it smooth against the body, and then put a slightly larger one on the outside.

Funny - I saw a grown man cry once. He put a hole in his brand new $280 Assos bibs mountain biking. The joy on his face when I told him I could fix them....
 

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A good way to patch lycra is with a circle of lycra that is about 1" bigger than the actual hole. Sew it on with a zig zag. If the pad is not in teh way, patch it from the inside first so that is it smooth against the body, and then put a slightly larger one on the outside.
(Disclaimer: I learned most of what I know about sewing outdoor gear from formica.)

Something to keep in mind when patching or repairing lycra is you want to have the fabric under the same amount of tension it'll be under when you're wearing it - IOW, probably a bit stretched out. I've had the best results putting the garment on and very carefully pinning the patch in place. Your particular repair sounds like it will require extra delicate handling, but it can be done. :)

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