I Dream of Sewing – Mini Course

      Join me in a FREE 3-part video sewing course, all about how to get more out of your sewing efforts. It covers 3 important steps to trouble-free sewing. Making sewing more enjoyable and fulfilling. It’s been a great discussion so far! See what you’ve been missing! Click here to join in!

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The Big Lie in Hem Hacking Your Jeans by Keeping the Original Hem

While I’d much rather see you wearing jeans that are the appropriate length for your fashion ensemble than to see some other haggard, sloshy, or excessively scrunched denim fabric hanging around at your feet – I must take a stand on the current wave of popularity in hemming your jeans by keeping the original hem which “you love.”…

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Can You or Should You Hem Your Own Pants and Jeans?

Buying a pair of new pants or jeans for yourself, only to realize the length is just not right, is undoubtedly among the most frustrating experiences in life for most people. After all, just when you wanted to go out wearing your new duds, you instead have to sit and worry about how have them…

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The 3 Biggest Issues in Working with a Tailor

There is no better way to guarantee that your newest fashion find will fit you properly than by enlisting the services of an excellent tailor who will support you in your style and fashion needs. Which of these is guiding you when you walk through your tailor’s door? An Emergency?  It will either be expensive or of poor quality. Limitless…

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Savvy Sewists Use these Kinds of Threads for Hemming Jeans

You’ll need two kinds of thread to hem your jeans correctly.  One is for construction.  The other is for topstitching.  Both threads can be polyester or cotton wrapped polyester fiber. Construction thread is the kind used for regular sewing tasks and is usually marked with these names: all purpose dual duty Use one similar in color to your jeans.…

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What Size Needle Should You Use to Hem Those Jeans?

You should choose the needle size according to the weight of the fabric you’ll be sewing. To hem lightweight stretchy jeans, for instance, a size 90/14 needle should work just fine. In contrast, finishing a hem on men’s heavyweight utility jeans will probably require the 110/18 needle size. You’ll also need to choose one of these two needle…

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Why You Shouldn’t Hem Pants or Jeans Before You Do This

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To get the best return on the investment of your time and money, you’ll want to get the shrinkage out of that great-fitting pair of pants or jeans before they are hemmed. It can be surprising how much they’ll shrink.  By putting them through the entire cycle of care twice, you will have sufficiently shrunk them.  Simply refer to the information on the…

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Where does the word ‘denim’ come from?

It’s a simple derivative of a few words describing a kind of fabric that was made in a town in France.  A serge fabric of Nimes, France.Check out this site for more about the history of denim and jeans. Click here to see our jeans word tree. What do you think about this answer?

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Where does the word ‘jeans’ come from?

It’s derived from two words describing a type of fabric that was made in Genoa, Italy called fustian. Genoa in old French is Jannes, in modern French is Gênes.  Check out this site for more about the history of jeans and the derivation of the word. Click here to see our Denim word tree. What do you think about this answer?

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