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Potentially stupid question about hemming suit pants

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I recently took a pair of pants to a local tailor (i needed them hemmed fast, in like 3 hours) and it seems to me that the stitching is *very* noticeable on the hem line. For such a simple alteration, is there a standard way this is done? Is this normal, or have I just not been paying attention? The thread used on this particular pair of pants seems to be almost like a very fine fishing line--plastic-like. Seemed odd.

Do you have to ask questions of the tailor about this sort of thing?
 

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The plastic thread does seem to leave a more pronounced line than cotton thread. I had a loose cuff hem repaired at my cleaners and they used that stuff (my regular tailor uses cotton). I had them do it over with cotton thread. I've since noticed that they'd used the plastic thread on previous repairs but the trousers were cuffed so the line wasn't noticeable. I plan to request cotton thread on all future repairs.
 

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My guess is that he used a blindstitch machine which does use a thread that is a bit plasticky. I see this problem as another reason to get cuffs, but if you don't like them, will has given you the best advice possible.
 

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see if these help. maybe it's all my imagination...





[EDIT: sounds like the way to go is to request cotton stitching. is a blindstitch machine still used in this instance?]
 

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One my tailor’s seamstresses told me that the depth on a blind stitch machine could be adjusted. Even a miniscule amount of extra depth can result in a "see-through" or shadow that is not visible up close. However, that shadow is quite noticeable from more than eighteen inches away.
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EDIT: You posted at the same moment as I did. That's definitely a blind stitch. The problem is much as the seamstress described.
 

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the "thread" used here is transparent so as not to carry many colors.
the sewing looks as though an amateur did it. the blind stitch machine
can be adjusted to do a very fine stitch.
 

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Originally Posted by polarbear
see if these help. maybe it's all my imagination...





[EDIT: sounds like the way to go is to request cotton stitching. is a blindstitch machine still used in this instance?]

Yes, this looks bad. A good hem can be done with that invisible monofilament thread, but I prefer to use the right color of cotton/poly. (By hand, though)
 

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Originally Posted by polarbear
see if these help. maybe it's all my imagination...





[EDIT: sounds like the way to go is to request cotton stitching. is a blindstitch machine still used in this instance?]


Yes it is nylon thread machine made... and they look bad

I learned to do my own cuffs long ago and I allways do them by hand and carefully... And this is because I am very picky with this detail...
 

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