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  • If you cherish your jeans, you want to keep them wearable as long as possible. (Ricardo Gomez Angel via Unsplash/) There’s a particular sick stomach lurch that happens when you rip a favorite pair of jeans, not unlike the feeling of losing a beloved pet or fumbling a fragile family heirloom. For many of us, the denim we live in becomes an inextricable part of our lives. But a tear doesn’t have to mean tears. In recent years, a handful of pros have gained online acclaim by showing that it’s possible to re-weave denim, thereby healing a rip instead of just patching it. “Pretty much anything can be fixed,” says Kattya Torres, owner of New York City-based Denim Therapy. Torres’ company has become famous among jean lovers for seamlessly repairing even the most dramatic rips. “It’s like a puzzle. I have had jeans come in here that look, honestly, like a g-string, and we’re able to reconstruct it.” While you may not want to attempt that level of denim surgery right away, it’s possible to pull off some smaller patch jobs from the comfort of your own home. Jean therapy for beginners “Denim is extremely forgiving. It hides a lot of imperfection,” Torres says. That’s good news for those of us without access to the signature Colour Match system pioneered by Denim Therapy, or the specialized industrial sewing machines touted by companies like San Francisco-based Self Edge. But if you’re willing to tolerate some imperfection, you can do a passable job with some basic supplies and a standard sewing machine (or, if you don’t have a sewing machine, with a lot of patience). Ripped knees and crotch blowouts are the two most common types of repairs Torres sees, and both are within reach of the home re-weaver. “The most important...