Shorting sleeve on shirt

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  1. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior member

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    I have some Charles Tyrwhitt shirts that I want to shorten the sleeves on. It seems like an easy job to accomplish. Paying $10 or more seems a bit excessive for me to have the sleeves altered. I mention Tyrwhitt because their gauntlet seems excessively long, thus a perfect fit to be altered. What type of thread would be appropriate? I remember reading also, there is a liquid to rub into the seam to prevent fraying at the the cut of the cloth. After practicing more, I believe I can start learning to move the gauntlet also. Any help and advice is much obliged.
     
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    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] WARNING: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Shortening a shirt sleeve is harder than shortening a suit sleeve due to the pleating at the cuff the delicateness of the fabric, and the fact that the stitching has to be so fine. Seriously, don't try this at home unless you really know how to use a sewing machine.
     
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    seconded, with one exception: unless you really want to.

    you definitely won't end up saving any money, but you might get a little satisfaction out of it, once you get it right (which might take some practice).

    take a look at 'shirtmaking' by david page coffin for some hints on attaching cuffs.

    /andrew
     
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    Thanks for the warnings.... It is true that doing this take a bit of practice(A LOT of practice). I have taken apart shirts that are too worn to wear and tried detaching and reattaching the cuff numerous times. I am getting pretty good at it. The sewing machine I have is pretty decent. I have tested all the settings to get the right tension, stitches etc. I now need to get the right needles and string along with that liquid to prevent fraying.
     
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    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Not that easy. You first need to mark the pleats, unstich the cuff, remove the gauntlet placet. Only now can you remove the extra fabric, open up the gauntlet accordingly, sew back the placet, make new pleats, sew back the cuff.
    Of course, if you have a buttoning gauntlet, you also have to move the button...

    Luc
     
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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    according to coffin's book, you should use 100% cotton thread, US size 80. (european size 50, i think.) that's really thin thread. use the smallest stitch length you can do on your machine.

    just repeating what i have read - i am not a practiced sew-er. (i can't bring myself to write 'sewer'.)
     
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    My boss has a tailor shorten the sleeves on all his shirts. They end up looking odd because the gauntlet button ends up much closer to the cuff. (this problem is really blatant on his crappy Tommy Hilfiger shirts because the gauntlet button hole has that garish green thread Mr. Hilfiger uses to distinguish his goods)
     
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    That's why you need to move the whole gauntlet with the cuff, if you are making a significant change.
     
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    HitMan009 Senior member

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    Mr Kabbaz,

       Can you chime in as to the type of needle for my Singer sewing machine along with the type of thread to use to create the best results.  

    Thanks in advance....
     

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