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post #51 of 59
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Oh yes, I have always been a sewer but never tried this before. I don't sew my own clothes or anything but I will do curtains, pillows, bedding and so on. I think in 7th grade I used to make clothes in Home economics class, lol.
post #52 of 59
whoa. how'd you do that? black magic?
post #53 of 59
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Here is my second pair that I did. My COH elle

post #54 of 59
Watnxt ~ I am so impressed by your sewing skills! I am very jealous - the most sewing I have ever done was in home economics class in middle school I have always wanted to try, but I just don't have the time!
post #55 of 59
I do all of mine this way, too - for me it's actually quicker than driving to the tailor, having them measure, drive back to pick them up, etc.
One thing I found is that over time the tricky hems tend to curl back up to the outside almost like a tiny cuff. To prevent this from happening, I do two things. First I tack stitch the inside zigzagged edge to the leg in about three places with one tiny hand stitch only - you can't see it at all from the outside (be sure to match your thread to the wash of the jeans). I also take a hammer and pound on the vertical seams where they meet the original hem. There's so many layers of denim that it wants to fold back up there especially. No harm done to the jeans, just sort of "works" them so that they'll lay how you want.
Samantha
post #56 of 59
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Samantha,
Thanks for all the tips. I will keep that in mind. Since I am new at this I do not know what is going to happen as time goes on. I wonder how the tailor does it. The ones I have seen do it this way too. I wonder if theirs try to fold back up also.
post #57 of 59
Wow! Watnxt! Where in Oregon are you? I might just have to visit you to hem some jeans!!!
post #58 of 59
I have a question,

What sewing machine would you recommend? My mom's broke the minute she used it. It was a singer too. Now she (and I) are looking for a machine that is super strong, like those industrial ones, but still practical for home use. Any suggestions?

Your hem looks fabulous btw!! Very, very impressed.
post #59 of 59
wow, those look really, really good! so, the only difference between the 1st and 2nd pair is how close you sewed to the original stitching? i have a couple pair that i need to do, but i've been putting it off forever.

did you use a regular or zipper foot for this?? would it even make a difference?
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