Patches, oh what can I do
I swear I'll always love you
Well it may not be right
But I'll join you tonight
Patches I'm coming to you
Dickey Lee --- 1962.
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I've been turning t-shirts into shop rags and cleaning patches for decades. The only time I throw them out is when the rag box or patch containers are full.
I use clean underwear when it's time to retire them.
Probably could have sold the denim with holes in the knees as designer jeans. Maybe $70-$80 bucks, that's a lot of store bought patches. Seriously, I use old t-shirts, but have yet to try denim. Do you wash and reuse?
I consider it as upcycle. I always retire my old t-shirts as cleaning patches or rags in the garage.
Store bought cleaning patches were a luxury item in my family. My dad would take hole saws and turn the teeth off them in a lathe and grind edge on them. We always had several sizes from 22 up to 12guage. We would take a piece of 1x scrap sheeting and stack all kinds of scrap material up. Nail it to the board around edges. Put hole saw in drill press and make patches by the hundreds. If you do this you have to remove pilot bit from hole saw. The harder cloth makes better patches for primary cleaning. Soft stuff like T-Shirt is good for finish off and oil patches.
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I use "lotsa" paper towels....Use and chunk.
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Question is...do you wash/rinse/dry your homemade patches to reuse?
I will wash a whole t-shirt after use depending on what I used it for. I do not reuse patches.