Like Paul Arena (see Padded work pants), I use knee patches to extend the life of my pants, but with one important difference: no sewing is involved. I use a product called Speed Sew (www.speedsew.com), which is available at fabric supply stores. If you can’t find that brand, any fabric glue will likely do.
I cut patches from the back of the legs of an old pair of pants, fold the edges over, and glue them down. When the glue is dry, I glue the completed patches to my pants with liberal applications of the glue. I have been using this glue for 15 years (around here they call it “the logger’s friend”), and I know it will resist any number of washings or rough wear. Best of all, I don’t have to go through the time-consuming sequence of ripping out seams and trying to get a needle through the thick folds of heavy material.
Patrick Lawson, Sooke, None