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Alterations for jeans in Toronto?

post #1 of 33
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There's a thread that deals with alterations for suits in T.O., but no mention of jeans. I've been buying some better quality denim recently. I have a pair of really nice Spurr, a pair of KMW 2010 that are fairly decent, with Iron Heart and a Nudie Straight Sven on the way. I want to know if anyone has a reco for a tailor who can alter them for length and maybe get one pair tapered. Go easy on me, I'm new to selvedge and nice denim in general. Do these need to be 'chainstitched' when the alteration is done? Also, my usual tailor always asks me if I want the 'original hem' on my jeans, but always makes me feel like I should say 'no, don't worry about it'. Don't really know what 'original hem' means, but I have a feeling it would be harder for her.... There's a lady down on King St., north side west of Bathurst, that has done some work for me in the past and she's pretty good. Do you guys take yours to one of the jeans specialty shops like Rainbow? The whole idea of getting these jeans from SF is to get a smokin' deal and I'd rather not spend $75 to get them hemmed. Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 33
Uhm, I forget the jeans tailor in Toronto who is good! They're in Yorkville... I'm sure someone will come up with the name... But anyways, the original hem is called a "frankenhem" and you can either want it or not. The frankenhem seems to be invented to preserve the artificial roping on pre-distressed designer jeans and kept alive by selvage fans who want to keep their chainstitches orginal. It generally looks pretty decent from the pictures I've seen on the internet... If you're worried about a good hemming job and not worried so much about price, you can always mail your jeans to BiG (www.blueingreensoho.com) and they will hem your jeans on a vintage chainstitch machine for $25-30 or so. With shipping this will run you ~$50, so finding a chainstitching tailor in Toronto is worthwhile... Someone will come up with the name of the person, I just am completely blanking....
post #3 of 33
If you want them chain stiched, then take them to Klaxon Howl off Queen West. They are located behid Delphic. I think the turnaround is 10-14 days. If you don't care about the chain stitching, then I've taken all my tailoring to Studio Kims on King near Bathurst. I wear a lot of raw denim like IH, PBJ etc. and don't care about the chain stitching so I just take them to Kims.
post #4 of 33
There is a thread on this. I think it's one of those tailoring threads that eventually transforms into "where to get jeans altered" thread. To sum it up:

-Sydneys
-Klaxon Howl
-Studio Kim

Do NOT take your jeans to Rainbow. Their in-house tailor is not bad, but if you didn't buy your jeans from them, they might not do them, instead refering you to a tailor in the same building: M. Clara alterations. Don't bite on the recommendation.
post #5 of 33
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Do NOT take your jeans to Rainbow. Their in-house tailor is not bad, but if you didn't buy your jeans from them, they might not do them, instead refering you to a tailor in the same building: M. Clara alterations. Don't bite on the recommendation.
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll try to find the thread you mentioned but the info here is basically what I need. I've taken a TaT suit to Kim so I know her work. I'll probably just take a cheaper pair there and then make a decision on the Iron Hearts (although I suppose the purists would say I'm not supposed to alter them anyhow).

Thanks for the responses.
post #6 of 33
studio kim, cheap and good.
post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by wagthesam View Post
studio kim, cheap and good.
Thanks Sam

I happen to have a 'new' pair of KMW that I got at a Tim Hortons on Bloor Street that need alterations

: )
post #8 of 33
Haha its a small world. Enjoy those, I have a pair of apc rescues on the way to replace them. I'm stoked as hell.
post #9 of 33
Any new info on where to get denim hemmed in Toronto? I've read horror stories about Klaxon Howl and Studio Kim involving horrible, snobby service and people not getting what they asked and paid for and it makes me pretty unsure of bringing stuff there.
post #10 of 33
Been to studio to get pants hemmed. Was satisfied. Then again they were only pants. Going today to drop off shirt to have sleeves taken up. Howl I know does chain stitching but I haven't heard any reviews on them with this service. I am curious as I have a pair of Sammies that need to be chainstitched.
post #11 of 33
Been to Studio Kim and was told they can't do chain stitch because they don't have the Union. Got them hemmed anyway, no problem what so ever. They also fixed my crotch blow out and did a fairly decent job on it.
post #12 of 33
Studio Kim fixed a bunch of crotch blowouts, and 8 months later they're still holding up. My only issue with Kim's are the hours and location, which makes it damn near impossible for me to get to. Luckily, there's a few good seamstresses at the Sew Right near my place, and I've been quite happy with their work. Beware, though--Sew Right/Stitch It/whatever locations are all franchised, so quality can be hit or miss.
post #13 of 33
Klaxon does do Chain Stitching. I think it's $16 and takes usually 2 weeks (they send it out to their manufacturer to do it) Not the greatest job though, hems don't usually come out perfectly straight. Not much other choice for chaing stitching though unless Sydney's is doing it again.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by pthree View Post
Klaxon does do Chain Stitching. I think it's $16 and takes usually 2 weeks (they send it out to their manufacturer to do it) Not the greatest job though, hems don't usually come out perfectly straight. Not much other choice for chaing stitching though unless Sydney's is doing it again.

Thanks think I will wait to go to NYC to go to BiG....
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by Cahrin View Post
Any new info on where to get denim hemmed in Toronto? I've read horror stories about Klaxon Howl and Studio Kim involving horrible, snobby service and people not getting what they asked and paid for and it makes me pretty unsure of bringing stuff there.
I had some jeans done at Kim's place recently. Her prices went up, for sure. They did a good job, though. There's a guy working there now and he did my measurements. I had to talk him into hemming my most recent Spurr Pipe Legs slightly shorter than he wanted to. Obviously the style is longer these days but I just didn't want all my jeans to get the heel rash that I see on some guys. Kim's prices seem to have gone way up but I have never had a problem with an alteration there. She was honest with me for one shirt I wanted altered, telling me that I should just wear it the way it was. She could have said 'no problem, I'll take it in' and padded her till ring for the day.
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