Originally Posted by indesertum
i thought leg twist came from chain stitching of the hem. at least that's what i got from miz's new thread. is it selvedge if you chop off the selvedge?
I think "roping" (the twisting effect at the hem that resembles a rope) is the phenomenon caused, or at least enhanced, by chainstitching. I was under the impression that all jeans except those made of broken-twill denim are naturally prone to "leg twist" (where the legs twist clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on the direction of the twill), as it's simply the fabric's way of relieving tension in the weave. Although apparently it has mostly been eliminated in modern denim by "skewing" (if oki-ni's denim glossary
is to be believed). And selvedge denim is still selvedge denim if you cut off the selvedge line, as long as it was produced with old-fashioned shuttle looms. There are jeans that are made of selvedge denim that do not retain the selvedge line (APC NC, for example).