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Posted on: 7/13/09 5:31 PM
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I've done alterations for some time, but few places I've worked had a wide range of of colors in heavy jeans threads.

I found a way to cheat a little. I wind a bobbin with a double thickness of thread, winding from two spools at once. When stitched, it looks like heavy-duty thread. I have even used two colors together to blend a color I don't have.

I use regular thread in the needle, which ends up on the inside of the hem.

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Kirra27 said... (7/24/09 2:06 AM) Reply
Or if your machine allows it, you can put two spools of cotton on the machine and thread both down through the needle (might need a bigger needle which would suit jeans anyway). I then stitch the hem with right side up, which seems to give a better finish for some reason.
sewrelaxed said... (7/21/09 1:25 AM) Reply
Your blending technique sounds like it could be great creative fun (for lots of things)!
nancy2001 said... (7/20/09 5:56 AM) Reply
I've used this technique for topstitching on tailored jackets too.
MaddyGranMa said... (7/17/09 2:54 PM) Reply
Anyone who has tried to shorten a pair of jeans will appreciate this tip!
Kathy in NM said... (7/14/09 8:59 PM) Reply
Nice tip - it is always hard to find topstitching thread in the "right" color.
Levone said... (7/14/09 9:52 AM) Reply
Thanks for this tip! I have 8 pair of jeans that I have lined up to him...I've been putting it off for months now, so this definitely will come in handy for me.
Maripat said... (7/14/09 7:10 AM) Reply
I've used double thread on the top, but never the bottom. Thanks for the idea!
Charrlie said... (7/14/09 1:12 AM) Reply
great tip
Patzee said... (7/14/09 0:42 AM) Reply
Never thought to use two threads from the bobbin. Thanks!
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