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chain stitch hemming

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sbbbjm, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Froosh

    Froosh Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2009
    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.
  2. Pablo-T

    Pablo-T Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    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.
  3. tsekh

    tsekh Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2011
    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.
  4. Ponyboy312

    Ponyboy312 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Sorry Charlie. Mildblend is only place in Chicago with a Union Special and they don't really have one because it is always broken.
  5. ManofKent

    ManofKent Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Garden of England

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