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post #61 of 65
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Originally Posted by commodorewheeler View Post
Yes, this is from personal experience. I have a 9-year-old pair of raw selvage Daniel Cleary jeans that have good roping with a lock stitch hem. I didn't know anything about raw denim, chainstitch hems, high contrast fades, dealing with shrinkage and stretch (these are unsanforized), or how to take proper care of them back when I got these. I just wore them a lot and washed them a lot. Many of my mistakes from then showed up on these jeans and are still visible, but I didn't hem until after the first or second wash, and the roping is still pretty pronounced.

All that being said, I've still typically gotten better roping with a chainstitch hem than with a lock stitch hem, in my experience.

Thank you cw, that helped me out a lot. I was hesitant to hem but I'll give it a shot.
post #62 of 65
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Originally Posted by Froosh View Post
Thanks commodore, is this from personal experience? What's the purpose of the chain-stitch other than for appearance? Or does chain-stitching create even more roping?

With a Union Special chainstitch machine, the foot attachment rolls the hem and pulls it over - increasing roping. You can get similar, perhaps as much, roping using a standard lockstitch but that will require a little more attention from the operator (as would using another chainstitch machine) and of course the stitching itself will look different.
post #63 of 65
Does anyone know if there is any place around Chicago that does chain-stitching? The chain stitch at the hem of a pair of jeans kind of broke off. I want to have it re-stitched.
post #64 of 65
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Originally Posted by tsekh View Post

Does anyone know if there is any place around Chicago that does chain-stitching? The chain stitch at the hem of a pair of jeans kind of broke off. I want to have it re-stitched.

 

Sorry Charlie.  Mildblend is only place in Chicago with a Union Special and they don't really have one because it is always broken.
 

post #65 of 65
If anyone in the UK is looking for chain-stitching, I've just had a pair of jeans back from http://www.thedenimdoctor.co.uk/ and they did a good job.
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