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Chainstitching thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I know that I am looking for chainstitching service in the Seattle area.

    Apart from Blue in Green and Rby45RPM in NYC, Denim Doctors in LA (the one on Beverly, apparently) and Self Edge in SF, are there any other places in the US where this is done? Is there only a large enough market in these major cities?
     
  2. robin

    robin Senior member

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    In Seattle, I have heard that the guy that does the overflow tailoring from Mario's, Butch Blum, and other stores has the ability to do chain stitching, but I never looked into it. I have his name and business card lying around somewhere.

    Scott Kuhlman and some of his employees might also be able to give you a lead on somewhere local to do it (I don't think he has the equipment for it himself).
     
  3. adaspiel

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    I was recently trying to get some chainstitching done in NYC and called BiG and 45RPM.

    Just wanted to mention that as of 2 weeks ago BiG was only doing chainstitching for jeans purchased from them and 45RPM does any jean but costs $30 now. Turnaround was about a week for both.
     
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    I asked Scott Kuhlman, he didn't have any idea where to start. His best guess would be to check with some manufacturers, but of course it's unlikely a manufacturer would do a small job.
     
  5. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    i would be surprised if anyone in seattle did this, it requires a machine that very few tailors would even want to carry. i would expect it only from those denim-specific/crazy boutiques (none really, in seattle), especially given that 99% of people have no clue what a chain stitch is.
     
  6. robin

    robin Senior member

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    Does anyone know if Riveted (the now closed denim shop) was able to get their denim chain stitched?
     
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    stickonatree Senior member

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    ^i was wondering that myself, but no, i don't believe that they did it either. their merchandise wasn't the kind needing chain stitching iirc, ranging from 575 to stronghold to nudies.
     
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    Gordon at BIG did mine last week in about 5 minutes. They charge $15 for jeans not purchased from them. Self Edge charges more. Those machines seem kind of outdated and rare. Best bet is probably sending them in...
     
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    They charge $15 for jeans not purchased from them.

    Are you sure about this? I called 2 weeks ago and asked specifically about this and I was told no. That they only did jeans purchased from them.

    I was going to bring them one pair I bought from them and another pair that I bought somewhere else but after I spoke to them I had to start looking for other places...
     
  10. kiya

    kiya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Gordon at BIG did mine last week in about 5 minutes. They charge $15 for jeans not purchased from them. Self Edge charges more. Those machines seem kind of outdated and rare. Best bet is probably sending them in...

    Nope, we also charge $15.
     
  11. poly800rock

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    there was a mention of another store (small tailor) in NYC that chainstitches. Madeline from Chuck's Vintage on melrose said she does chainstitching and Denim Doctors def does it, I had it done last week. There is supposed to be one more small tailor shop in the bay area that does it as well. Check back when sufu is back in business.
     
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    How are Denim Doctors' prices on repairing blowouts?
     
  13. poly800rock

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    How are Denim Doctors' prices on repairing blowouts?

    not sure, pricing was very resonable though. 16$ for a simple chainstitch and $24 for a taper from the knee down. So I don't think they're too extreme as far as pricing goes.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Poly.
     
  15. worn down

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    there was a mention of another store (small tailor) in NYC that chainstitches. Madeline from Chuck's Vintage on melrose said she does chainstitching and Denim Doctors def does it, I had it done last week. There is supposed to be one more small tailor shop in the bay area that does it as well. Check back when sufu is back in business.

    I got my IH's done at Jaime's last year when I lived in the Bay Area. Don't remember how much it cost.

    4340 Redwood Hwy
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 492-1325

    If you look him up on yelp, there's a review posted by a guy who I think might be Ayn from SuFu.
     
  16. hi-val

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    I was wondering if chainstitching discussed here is similar to chainstitching in embroidery and it seems they're a little different, at least with machines involved. If you're curious about how it works, check out this site with fancy animations: http://home.howstuffworks.com/sewing-machine1.htm
     
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    I got my IH's done at Jaime's last year when I lived in the Bay Area. Don't remember how much it cost.

    4340 Redwood Hwy
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 492-1325

    If you look him up on yelp, there's a review posted by a guy who I think might be Ayn from SuFu.


    how good was the work?

    oh man, chainstitching a mile from my office[​IMG]
     
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    Can someone post pics on how chainstitching looks different than a regular stitched hem?
     
  19. worn down

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    how good was the work?

    oh man, chainstitching a mile from my office[​IMG]


    I think he did a solid job. Perhaps you could ask to see a sample of his work if you decide to drop by.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    I really don't see why this should be so rare. There seem to be quite a few machines that should be capable of doing single needle chainstitch out there. http://www.sewingmachinery.com/used/usc-specials.html

    Anyway, I had my Belstaff boots fixed up by the shoe guy in University Village (he's now near the key booth in his own building) and he works using an old treadle (foot operated) Singer that appears to have only one thread going in. I can't look in there to see the stitching (he put a shifter pad on the left toe) but I'd guess it's chainstitched. His machine looks a lot like this one from the site above, only with 1 needle instead of 12:

    [​IMG]

    Anyway, he might think you're nuts for asking, but you could bring a scrap of fabric and have him stitch it and see if it is chainstitch. His English isn't so good so just asking probably wouldn't get you anywhere. He's reasonable cheap too, $10 I think for the shifter pad thing including a scrap of leather from his stash. You would have to iron the crease of the jeans yourself though, since he doesn't have that stuff.
     

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