Originally Posted by billionaireboy
in that case, is there another alternative in NYC for a chainstitch? And is there another competent store/tailor that can hem selvedge?
yes - you can go to 45rpm which is right down the street from BIG. not sure how much they charge though. personally, i think there is a huge difference between the way a chainstitched hem looks (on SuFU, there's a thread about chainstitchers at BIG where ZK (he owns a shop in Taiwan) posts pics of some really incredible roping on his hems he's chainstitched). yes, it's got the vintage effect but the thread is also typically thicker and 100% cotton. plus, depending on the person who is doing the chainstitching (i believe gordon at BIG does this), he/she will adjust the tension of the machine to allow for maximum roping. roping is caused by the pull of the hemming machine in combination with the type of thread used. it basically causes the hem to look like, well, a piece of rope. so, a combination of the chainstitch and the 100% cotton thread (after a quick hot soak of the hems and blow dry) really makes for a beautiful hem versus a regular hem done at your local dry cleaner. is it worth $30? i can't decide that for you. for me, definitely. for others, maybe not.