Member since 9/9/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
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Date: 6/8/12 11:49 AM
So my previous machines have not been powerful enough to hem jeans. I've had to sew very very slowly, and hand crank over the side seams.
I just got new jeans, and decided to give hemming them on my new, powerful machine a try.
OMG! I have actual HEMMED jeans. Not cut off!
I didn't keep the original hem (because I don't want all that fabric folded in, even though these were "short" I had to lose an additional 3 inches) but except that the thread doesn't match -exactly- I don't think you can tell these were hemmed after market. I think once the thread ages it will be a perfect match. I used the same triple stitch they already were, and the machine went over the seams without even thinking about it- no smaller stitches trying to get over the bump.
(I did use a Bernina Jeans foot- which is pretty much just a straight stitch foot, not sure if it worked better than if I had used my regular foot, but it worked GREAT, so I'm super happy. My Dad bought the foot, but if I hem two pairs, it is paid for... )
I am so unbelievably thrilled! I have been wearing cut off jeans for 10 years. No more!
Member since 7/27/05
Date: 6/8/12 12:32 PM
Yeah for you!
Like you, I don't quite know why the jeans foot works but it sure does.
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Member since 12/3/06
Date: 6/8/12 1:36 PM
Some of the newer machines (not necessarily Bernina) have a spring loaded button on the side of the universal presser foot that you press in so the foot "floats" over the thick seams instead of bulking or causing skipped stitching.
ETA: The Bernina Jeans Foot is hinged so it has the same action -Here is a video and audio explanation.
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Member since 5/11/03
In reply to Skittl1321
Date: 6/8/12 9:16 PM
I didn't keep the original hem (because I don't want all that fabric folded in, even though these were "short" I had to lose an additional 3 inches) but except that the thread doesn't match -exactly- I don't think you can tell these were hemmed after market. I think once the thread ages it will be a perfect match.
I am sure that nobody will ever notice : )
Congrats on the hemmed jeans!
Member since 12/25/11
Date: 6/9/12 11:49 PM
I use the Bernina jeans foot #8 for all my straight-stitch sewing. It hold the fabric really well, even slippery stuff, because the foot is wide and so covers more of the feed dogs, but the needle opening is small. The best part is that since the front of the foot is open, I can see where the needle is going into the fabric. And of course it is wonderful for hemming jeans. I have an alterations business and hem a LOT of jeans. Couldn't do it without this foot.