Chainstitching thread

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

  1. MiniW

    MiniW Senior member

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    so I had my PBJ-005BK jeans tapered a bit a while back, and the tailor did an excellent job of tapering. However when it came down to the hem she used a weird combination of black threading on the inside and golden threading on the outside that clashed greatly with the original chainstitch. The area was only like 3 inches on the outseam, but considering I wear all my jeans cuffed a little bit, it was bothering me greatly. I considered going to BiG to get them re-hemmed but instead I took some time and found some methods to chain stitch by hand, here are the results:

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    the method I used was a simple chainstitch using a single thread, I could not replicate the machine chainstitch exactly as it consisted of two separate threads and was far more intricate and beyond my skils. However I am pretty happy with the results and if I had before pictures to show you, I think you'd agree that they look much better. I just wanted to show this so that if any of you had simple repairs to be made, you don't have to settle for machine hem.

    P.S. I have no idea how sturdy this will be or how it will hold up after a wash, but hopefully it'll last a while.
     


  2. snuff_daddy

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    i like the idea of doing it yourself, nice work
     


  3. Matt44

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    Sorry to revive an old thread, but does anyone know of a chain-stitch tailor in Boston?

    Thanks!
     


  4. kiya

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    Our New Union Special 43200G - Literally "New"

    If there is one machine in the current world of vintage style jeans that has the mystique of a fairly tale it's the Union Special 43200G chainstitching machine.

    This is the machine the Japanese first scoured the world for starting in the 1980's, they wanted them to place in their factories which reproduced vintage styles of American jeans from the 1950's and before. It was a good twenty years until the rest of the world realized what was happening in Japan, by that time most of the 43200G machines had been bought up by the Japanese factories, brands, and retailers to put in their stores for in-store hemming.

    When we opened Self Edge San Francisco five years ago it took us a good six months to find a chainstitching machine that worked properly and wasn't missing essential parts. Two years ago Self Edge New York went through an even harder time finding one of these machines, the story continued a year ago with Self Edge Los Angeles' quest for a machine.
    Now all three of our stores have these machines for in-house hemming services. Needless to say these machines are becoming extremely difficult to find and when found the prices they're demanding are high for a retail store to pay, especially in the condition they're coming in. Recently on eBay a 43200G machine sold for $5000 that looked like as if it had been dropped off a cliff, machines in this shape will never work properly for long and will need constant service to keep them hemming in the way they were intended to.

    We have just acquired what we feel to be one of the rarest Union Special 43200G machines in existence, a new one. One that has never been used and still has the sample piece of denim hanging out of it's teeth which they test the machine at the factory with before strapping it into a small crate. We went back and forth on whether or not we should be spending a small fortune on a machine that would essentially be redundant considering we already have enough chainstitching machines for our stores. We couldn't resist and honestly bought it purely for the reason of wanting to fondle the thing in person, photos weren't enough. We wanted to hear it's purr as it ripped through hems faster and smoother than any other machine we've seen.

    This machine will be assembled with a custom table built by Roy Slaper and will be used on daily basis to hem your jeans at Self Edge San Francisco by Julian Dash of Holy Stitch, SESF's hemming and repair division.

    This is otaku at it's finest.

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  5. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    ^awesome, should be put in the LA store yahood
     


  6. kiya

    kiya Brand Representative Affiliate Vendor

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    Have you even come by the store yet?
     


  7. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    No cuz you ain't there.
     


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    I'm there all the time, i'm there once a month or two and i'm there for all the parties we've had so far.
     


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    jet Persian Bro

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    Would be nice if you called a bruva.
     


  10. stingray1381

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    Is there anywhere in DC that does this? Thinking of just sending my pair into Blue in Green though it's overpriced.
     


  11. Matt44

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    I recently sent a few pairs to BG - they did a great job. But you're right, with shipping it gets pricey. FYI, I sent three pairs and they offered me a $25 rate (I think it's usually $30). Maybe they do that for multiple pairs? Anyway, I dealt with a guy named Gordon and he's very cool. Also, after hemming your jeans, they'll do additional "adjustments" for $5 (I was in NYC at the time, so was able to take advantage of that).
     


  12. kiya

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    A homage to the Union Special 43200G:
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