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Darn crotch jeans sample

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If the inside leg/crotch area of jeans wears out, generally they are thrown away. But what if they are favorite jeans, like in this case where one of my clients asked if there was any way I could repair his jeans. Of course they are not going to be perfect. The fabric has faded because it has rubbed against itself, however, they can be darned so that they can be worn again. For a full video with instructions, go to www.geniecentre.com/magic-circle Judith Turner
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Blanca W (5 months ago)
My grand baby is so thick in the thighs that when she walks she could literally start a forest fire! I'm going to have to show her this video because she has burned through one too many pairs of paints already!
lilshepherdsoul (5 months ago)
That was wonderful, thank you for sharing your expertise
Mahdi Birraiss (5 months ago)
احترافية.هاءلة........واصل
Urshlla Kaul (6 months ago)
Umm.. it looks difficult to me
karin0963 (6 months ago)
I tried darning a shirt once, ran the sewing needle right through my finger. OUCH!!! Great video.
bonniejean1345 (6 months ago)
I had several pairs of jeans with this issue. I used fabric from a pair of jeans my daughter discarded to make gussets. I'm very pleased with how nice they turned out.
Samira Belhadri (7 months ago)
Il don t like hhhh hhhh
Bhanu rawat (7 months ago)
Idea is very good but it will be very hard for the people who dont know how to use that sewing machine
Joe Scheller (8 months ago)
i am not a seamtress but all that extra material and extra stiching looks like it would be chaffing you in a tender spot
Miss Smartypants (8 months ago)
Can you do this with any pair of pants?
Judith Turner (8 months ago)
Sure. I can't see why you could not do this with any trousers. Just a matter of using the right colored thread to match the trousers.
Nula Wota (8 months ago)
A
Espii J (9 months ago)
Our thick thighs can't stop loving each other.
Salwa Sultan (9 months ago)
ماهو باين انه مترقع استفدنا ايه
marti adams (9 months ago)
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freshjuice (9 months ago)
Hi Judith - thank you for the video!  Can you explain what you're doing beginning at the 1:13 mark (to about 1:32)?  Are you cleaning up the frayed/ripped area of the fabric?
Judith Turner (9 months ago)
I am. The fabric had "balled" itself. So I was pulling them off before I started.
Kushal Mittal (9 months ago)
Thanks
Judith Turner (9 months ago)
you are welcome
Oussama Thedjfreeman (9 months ago)
Only last way is just to paint it
Khadija Aliouat (10 months ago)
djean whid glasses hhhhhhh
Valerie Deville (10 months ago)
Perle astuce pour réparer les jeans en dessous des fesses
Lalita Sundari (10 months ago)
GENIAL💗💗💗💗😇🌈🌟🌟🌟🌟
Emilia Gomez (11 months ago)
Blusas con hombro descubierto
Aurora Piña (11 months ago)
Y pensar que yo aprendí esto intuitivamente 😮😮
袁永鑫 (1 year ago)
我的裤子也总是这样
neodym 007 (1 year ago)
Does this type od damage only happen to men or ladies too?
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
It happens to anyone. If the jeans are tight at the thigh area it will rub on the inner thigh. The client that I do a lot of this for is a guy who works out at the gym mainly weights and he runs a lot. He has very large thighs. All his trousers have the same problem after a few months.
Joel Weiner (1 year ago)
Judith... i'll fly you over to NYC USA so you can seam up a few of my favorite jeans. It'll cost over $1,000 US but worth it! LOL
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
LOL. You can always send them to me Joel..... I am sure you will find someone there who can do this type of thing.
Alia Gera (1 year ago)
Ужас!
Christine Gomez (1 year ago)
very nice I like how u did the outer side thank u now I can fix my pants loved it. :)
Jay Dubey (1 year ago)
please show each and every thing step by step and clearly
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Jay. Like I say in the beginning title. The full details are on my Magic Circle online tutorial. This is a sample only.
Candi Soda (1 year ago)
Prevent it from happening and do this before wearing it heavily :)
Notoraj (6 months ago)
Why you are making your face like that. Constipation ??? hmmm
TopDawgEntLV702 (1 year ago)
Exactly the type of work that I do I move and stretch a lot and you can immediately tell when a pair is ready to go the material thins out like a shirt almost
Candi Soda (1 year ago)
Yea, I admit I've never tried doing this before it's too late. But in theory, it should work I think. Would definitely be a good niche if anyone decides to mass produce their own line of clothing.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
That is a great idea. But most people leave it until it's too late.
tina rawal (1 year ago)
It's better I buy new jeans...
Madhumita Biswas (1 year ago)
Nothing new .wasting time
Rwoodwin (1 year ago)
I have no idea what you are doing. I'm lost! Some words would have been nice. This is not a good video.
Lessie Harrolds (11 months ago)
Rwoodwin ..the idea is to watch and learn...
Christina Rutherford (1 year ago)
This would help if I had a sewing machine.
Cy Swendsen (1 year ago)
Yep, that is about how I do it for my hubs.
rosa a (1 year ago)
My favorite jeans always rip there 😭😭
x Abigail x (6 months ago)
rosa a same it happened to me today that's why I'm here 😭😭😭
charredskeleton (1 year ago)
Could have machine darned those holes. Super easy and fast. Basically just do the second part of the sew in (forward, reverse with the smallest straight stitch) but with lines much closer together. That would make a repair that would take less then a day to wear in, and wouldn't be able to feel at all after that.
the redspana (1 year ago)
people who said to buy a new jeans should not watch this video.. this is why people who came here to search for.. if this is not suits you, then go away.. no need your cheap opinion..
strongdan1 (8 months ago)
the redspana you right spot on
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
thank you The Redspana for the support. I feel that I should put (almost) all of the comments. There are some that are not appropriate, but still it is their opinion, and freedom of speech is what makes for an interesting world. Thanks again
LouisianaGatorGirl (1 year ago)
I'm just wondering why you didn't follow the direction of the grainline of the jeans fabric when darning over the holes and instead sewed many lines diagonal to the grainline.
gijane28 (11 months ago)
LouisianaGatorGirl I can tell u that I have done this without the diagonal lines and what will happen is the patch will come undone or will not be sturdy.
LouisianaGatorGirl (1 year ago)
Judith Turner Okay, thank you.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
I always stitch around the outside of the patch so that it does not come away. Other than that, I stitch on the grain.
soro911 (1 year ago)
Does everyone have a sewing machine at home? I just have thread and needle, (I hope I wrote that right!)
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
I don't know where you live but in Australia we have a selling tool online called Gumtree. People sell on it, and of course you put the area you live in. Sewing machines are sometimes sold very cheaply or even given away. Check out your local online selling organisation. You never know what you will find, and hopefully for you a sewing machine. Judith
Ellen Hathcote (1 year ago)
Thank you! I'm going to use the scraps I saved from hemming them (I have short little legs!)
Caroline Bennett (1 year ago)
Really appreciated the fast forward format so you can see how it all works and what to aim for, and that you've added a link to detailed instructions. Thank you for your effort.
khatoon bibi (1 year ago)
It's magical
Nan (1 year ago)
these frigging holes are the only reason i want a thigh gap :( the jeans are in perfect condition, but i have to get new ones because of my thighs😭
cecilia maldonado (1 year ago)
Quedó estupendo
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
The music is called Web Loops Piano Solo. If you google Web Loops Piano Solo you will be taken to his YouTube site
Nanci Guerrato (1 year ago)
Judith Turner thank you so much
iguana girl (1 year ago)
What song is this?
iguana girl (1 year ago)
Judith Turner THANK YOU
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
It is called Web Loops Piano Solo. If you google Web Loops Piano Solo you will be taken to his YouTube site
Tineke Williams (1 year ago)
Wow Judith Turner, you have,the same name as my best friend in New Zealand, hehehe!!!
Beach Life (1 year ago)
I thought everyone knew how to patch pants LOL
Sione Langi (1 year ago)
sorry I didn't even pay any attention to this video I got caught up with this music in the background and decided to jazz danced my way to the kitchen for a glass of milk to this cool beat
MizzzKitty (1 year ago)
Sione Langi, so much YES!... Lol
tnwnl (1 year ago)
I do this in a similar way. Get a piece of thin iron-on interface fabric and iron it on the inside of the pants. Then from the outside, run many straight stitches over the area with a similar color thread. Don't use zigzag stitches, these are too rough and will eventually fray. To get a lasting and comfortable result the area needs to be as thin and smooth as possible.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi. Thank you for your comment. I think that it is important to share our knowledge. And what makes us all so special is that we have different ways of approaching the same thing. Cheers
BeAsA Roze (1 year ago)
I REALLY need to learn how to use a sewing machine.
It Must be LOVE (11 months ago)
Judith Turner Tq for replied,gonna buy the brand u suggest.😊
Judith Turner (11 months ago)
Most of my machines are Janome. I find them a great brand. However I also have some brother machines.
It Must be LOVE (11 months ago)
Judith Turner Can I ask you,what good brand for sewing?,In my country they sell alot Brothers brand(dislike the brand)👌
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
I have a project underway that might help you to learn how to sew. Hang in there. And you really do not need to buy an expensive machine. When I started my first clothing alteration shops I bought all second hand Elna sewing machines. They cost me between $50 and $150 each. I like the old Elna and the Janome machines because they are heavy. That means they don't jump around the table. Brother also do a great machine.
Russell Dempsey (1 year ago)
Good music listening in headphones
henrikhansen (1 year ago)
OK - you convinced me ! It that is the best - no criticism - you end up with after alle that trouble, I am throwing my jeans in question OUT !
haha not nice jeans
IV M (1 year ago)
и я этак делаю
Bookoo c (1 year ago)
this great information. I didn't know you could even do this on jeans. Thanks!
Paul Bartlett (1 year ago)
duct tape werks best, painful sometimes though, lol. seems like a lot of work just to fix a hole. Here in Pennsylvania that would cost more than a new pair of jeans even nice ones. patches $1-3, labor $20-40, just to shorten pants its $7-10 per leg. Unless these are $50-100 pair of jeans just donate them and buy new or buy a pair of good ones from a thrift store for $5-15.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
LOL Thanks for the comment Paul. I do have an opinion about alteration shops that charge the shorten pants by the leg. How many people do you know with one leg? I mean seriously. This way of charging is ludicrous. When I tell people I charge AUD$15 to do hems (jeans, trousers) some people ask if it is per leg. I laugh. Of course it is not per leg. It is for one pair of jeans. And I do the pinning at no charge. I don't care if it is a $2000 pair of Versace jeans or a $10 pair from KMart. I still charge $15. But I do a good job. I work from home, so my costs are less than someone who has a shop and has to pay rent, staff wages, insurance etc etc. No sure about the duct tape. Not in my world.
James Harden (1 year ago)
What the name of the instrumental in the beginning ?
Melanie Oakie (7 months ago)
The idea of James Harden patching the thighs of his jeans is now my favourite thing.
ivyuche amaechi (1 year ago)
Judith Turner to
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
It is called Web Loops Piano Solo. If you google Web Loops Piano Solo you will be taken to his YouTube site. Its beautiful isn't it? Judith
Giovanna Carbone (1 year ago)
very great it help i lots !
Gitte Olesen (1 year ago)
Hi Judith Turner :). Nice video. I have repaired many jeans this Way, and just want to suggest you to use vliesofix instead of all those pins. It's much easier, and the fabric wont mowe at all :) Have a Nice Day .
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Gitte, Thanks for the comment. Yes I use it myself. There are some other videos here where I have used vliesofix. But the reason I do not use it in this inside leg area, is that it can make it a little stiff. And I did not want to have that happen. It will become firm with the back stitching, but not as stiff if I used vliesofix. I use that on knees and other areas like the side of pockets when they tear and such.
mark reagle (1 year ago)
thank you, I have watched 30+ video on jeans repair and your was just what I was thinking I wanted to do. a good strong fix that will last.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Thank you Mark. My methods are based on the "real" needs of the client. I do what they ask me to do. Some people have commented that it doesn't look good. But the point was to fix the problem. Not make it look pretty. Judith
who who (1 year ago)
:/
Jamiayla Phipps (1 year ago)
It wasn't for style just a way for people to keep their jeans longer. Plus if your thighs are always rubbing together you won't see it.
who who (1 year ago)
I don't like it
Htiduj E (1 year ago)
Some step by step instructions or talking would have been nice.
Mukhtar Md (1 year ago)
Lyon Still kbf
Lyon Still (1 year ago)
Agree with Sonia..you were a bit harsh and unkind.  A kinder reply directing her to the instructions might have been more productive.
Htiduj E (1 year ago)
SONIA SELVARATNAM - For goodness sake, no need to take the Lords name in vain!! Please accept my sincere apologies, if I appeared to be harsh as that was not my intention. Thank you.
SONIA SELVARATNAM - (1 year ago)
Htiduj E Jesus Christ he may have not noticed the beginning of the video, no need to be so harsh.
E.M. T. (1 year ago)
Wow entitled much? If you actually read, the video is CALLED "Darn crotch jeans SAMPLE". Right at the beginning of the video it says it's in fast forward and tells you where to go to get the full instructions. It also has it listed in the description. Some reading before opening your ungrateful mouth would have been nice. For a full video with instructions, go to www.geniecentre.com/magic-circle derrrrrrr
o my god! its beautiful!
X-Y Unbekannt (1 year ago)
Thank you for this video :D
華田麗 (1 year ago)
同じようにやってミシンをぶっ壊した‼
Liberty AboveAllElse (1 year ago)
Real nice job.
angela denise (1 year ago)
love the music
Fatma fofo (1 year ago)
👍👍👍👍
Ms. Harris (1 year ago)
great job, Judith!!
Felisha Williams (1 year ago)
I do not have a sewing machine will I need one? the rips in my blue jean pants start at the crotch and go just about to the back pocket how would I mend them?
Vince Amato (11 months ago)
Felisha - Without a sewing machine,try an iron-on patch on the inside then hand stitch around the edges or holes.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Felisha, Without a machine it will be more time consuming to fix. I am not sure how proficient you are at hand stitching. Have you ever done a cross stitch? I remember being taught that at school. If you can then place some fabric behind the tear, pin it into place and use a cross stitch to secure the fabric. Even a bright color thread like red or orange will give it a cool look. Google cross stitch. I am sure you would have fun doing it. Judith
Elisha Jacobs (1 year ago)
oh my gosh you just showed me how to save my favorite jeans!! thanks a million
Natalia Barbini (1 year ago)
es mejor abrir todo el pantalón
Fk Off (1 year ago)
or just buy some new jeans!!!
xxxDuprizzle Hatake (9 months ago)
No wayyyyy I love these pair
Linnie McGuire (9 months ago)
Bud I am both thicc and broke
Anna S (11 months ago)
T R O L L Probably coz they are crappy to begin with? ?!??
Croatoan (1 year ago)
:) Glad someone has sense. I wish everyone took into fixing their clothes themselves. There is spare time to do it, if you take it off from scrolling internet and checking social medias and you even achieve more with that time... Our western culture based around consumerism is a non sustainable insanity. People have forgotten how to appreciate materials and items now that no real time or effort seems to go into the making of them.
S T O N I N G (1 year ago)
Forever 21 jeans probably cost less then this whole project Forever 21 jeans cost under ten bucks
Dina Abu AL Hija (1 year ago)
اشتركو بقناتي وحققولي حلمي بالضغط على زر الاشتراك ورح اردها
Dina Abu AL Hija (1 year ago)
Judith Turner Hi nothing Judith
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Dina, I have accepted your comment. But I do not know what it says. Judith
Brisa Muñoz (1 year ago)
would you recommend dying the jeans so the lighter frayed area is not as noticable?
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Brisa I think it might be hard to find a dye color match. Generally the darning back and forth makes it harder to see the washed out section. Judith
Awsin kujs (1 year ago)
had my jeans done just that way and i still have them rocking😍. thanks
Hans Ruperts (1 year ago)
Good video! I love the jazzy music.
Lydia Lili (1 year ago)
how can I protect my Jean from this to happen? it's really annoying
Lydia Lili Hiking or military jeans have a stronger tissue sewed un that area in order to avoiding damage. Casual ones dont need that due to the intended use.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Lydia, It usually happens because the inside leg of the jeans are rubbing against each other. There really is not anything you can do. Some denim fabrics are stronger than others. A stretch denim will probably fray more than a non stretch. You can insert something on the inside when you buy the jeans. That way it has two thicknesses to get through. But sorry. There is no real solution. Judith
Esther MacLean (1 year ago)
Can a thigh rip be darned without a patch behind - I think I saw it done somewhere but wonder know if I imagined it? Thank you .
thomas knittel (1 year ago)
Judith Turner loop
Esther MacLean (1 year ago)
Many thanks
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
The only way to do that in my opinion would be to create a dart. The issue with that is that the leg will become tighter than the other leg. If you imagine a seam being created it takes around 1/4" in from the rip. And the fabric is folded so that means around 1/2" in total. Plus the frayed section from the rip. Probably the best option is to place some fabric behind and darn. Just like in the video, tiny stitches back and forward. or there is another option. I am giving you this link to a video I did on bonding. The example is a school uniform, but it could be used for denim as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQWfjANjs5Q&t=4s
HvensFury (1 year ago)
Love the music too!
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
It is awesome!!!!
frf 3ed (1 year ago)
how long do crotch jeans appear?
Mithran Ethiraj (1 year ago)
kolam
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Sorry but I do not understand the question.
rae capital (1 year ago)
Awesome work!
celestiahart (1 year ago)
This isn't the same as darning. This is just sewing on patches. While you did a great job, your video title is misleading. No additional material is used for darning clothing. Also, patches work with regular jeans, but not so well for stretch jeans.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Just to clarify what I mean by darning. I taught my team that darning is stitching back and forth, back and forth with the machine. You start by going forward in one section of the grain. Then reverse in the grain next to it or close to. Then go forward again. Then reverse and so on. That is darning fabric.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Thank you for the comment. In my world of clothes alterations, darning/repairing garments means using the machine. I totally get where you are coming from though. When I was little my mum and I used to darn socks for my brothers and dad. But the world is changing. Sorry if you feel I have mislead. It was not my intention. Judith
syria malok (1 year ago)
شكرا كتير 😍
Monty Ziebell (1 year ago)
I've been repairing my jeans like this for 40 years. Works in all locations, not just the crotch.
nurhabibi46 (1 year ago)
Liebe Judith, kann ich dir meine Jeans von Deutschland schicken?? Good Job!
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
LOL I think that is a long way to get a repair done. But hey. Of course.
Sylthrina B (1 year ago)
Judith Turner she asked, if she could send you her jeans from Germany too?
nurhabibi46 (1 year ago)
Dearest Judith, can i send your my 4 broken Jeans from Germany? lol...
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
thank you
Merry Kay Milam (1 year ago)
Use Iron on patches. After ironing them on then sew the patches in place. you won't have to worry about pins and sticking yourself with them.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Hi Merry Personally I do not like iron on patches. Everyone has there preference. The main issue I have with them is the fact that the glue sticks to my needles. I use different needles for different jobs. And because I literally sew 5 days a week, I am very mindful of the condition of my needles. The second issue is that not all patches will be a close color match. Plus if the hole is large, the glue will show through to the right side. Judith
Nene West (1 year ago)
I love your video. It has helped me a lot. I have two questions. Is it possible to mend your jeans without a sewing machine? And my second question is what was that beautiful music in the background? I would love to buy it, if available on iTunes.
Judith Turner I've never learned to see on a machine and so can only do hand mending; I've tried this by hand and it's not so hard to sew if one knows how.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
It is called Web Loops Piano Solo. If you google Web Loops Piano Solo you will be taken to his YouTube site. Its beautiful isn't it? Re your first question. You could sew by hand, but denim is usually a thicker fabric so would be hard on your fingers. But in the old days when they did not have machines, that is how they did their mending.
Sybille Stahl (1 year ago)
I do lots of these in my volunteer sewing job, and I always overedge the patch before sewing it in, because denim frays so much.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Well done Sybille.
Yhs Yhs (1 year ago)
Nice music
Brittney Glover (1 year ago)
Thank you for this. I have a favorite pair of jeans that needs repairing. :)
Teri Swanson (1 year ago)
Thank you SO much for the lesson! I have held onto my "501's" for years but unable to wear because of the crotch rips. Cant wait to get the Golden Oldies back into the 'wearing' drawer, thanks to you! :)
Ozzy Lozada (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video.
Melissa Denby (1 year ago)
I did not actually watch this video.. It played after the one I did watch... However, I have to say: I like this music!
Rekha Gupta (1 year ago)
Melissa Denby y
fateh singh (1 year ago)
Lealani koah
Lealani koah (1 year ago)
Melissa Denby same very soothing
Ese Fapohunda (1 year ago)
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تسلم إيدك
A.H samo (1 year ago)
كروشيهاتى الغالية مافهمت شو عمتعمل
Ghislaine Lallement (1 year ago)
The Moe couture en français
Phuque Youtube (1 year ago)
The correct translation would be more like "Excellent/Perfect" Job :)
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
Thank you Mohamed. I love the fact that I can copy and paste your comment to find out what it means in English "Good job"
iamchyennechyenneiam (1 year ago)
So I just learned how to set up a sewing machine. What kind of Stitch did you use around the edges? For the middle? I really like the idea of patching my jeans myself. It saves the cost of having to buy new ones for a bit. Plus the break-in time for a new pair of jeans is months for me.
Elizabeth Madden (1 year ago)
Judith Turner you've just taught me what darning is!!! Thank you for sharing. I'm self taught, so every once in a while I stumbled on a nugget of knowledge like this one. God bless.
Judith Turner (1 year ago)
The fabric is cut using pinking shears. It stops the fabric from fraying. I used a zig zag stitch around the edges after it was pinned. I used the widest stitch and had it on around 3 so the zig zag is not close together. Practice on your machine with a piece of fabric so that you learn what the width and length of a stitch does. The darning is done on straight stitch, but and forward. I sew forward then reverse BESIDE the stitching coming down. Then I stitch down again and reverse. Each time it is beside the previous stitch. Always stitch with the grain of the fabric. If you stitch against the grain the repair is more noticeable. Practice the stitches on your machine. I use about a 2.5 - 3 for the straight stitch.
sohcahtoa1970 (1 year ago)
Really nice and helpful, thank you! I'm about to repair some of my son's jeans that look a lot like the "before" stage of the ones in your video.
stuart taylor (2 years ago)
My seamstress left a pin in the crotch...oouuuccchhhhhh,
ermonski (5 months ago)
Of all places!
mirandhah (9 months ago)
Project Happy! 💀💀
Mexican_marshmello (10 months ago)
FUN
shemeka Latrese (11 months ago)
stuart taylor oh damn!
MizzzKitty (1 year ago)
Evil!.... sorry to hear
SirChivalRegal (2 years ago)
Hello Judith, great video!, just a question, when you sew from the outside, there a zigzag pattern but also i think the sewing thread setting is different? Its seems a little thicker than a standard uh.. sewing line thread found on most shirts and dress pants? Obviously i'm totally new in this field. I just wish to pass on these tips to my tailor whom i wish to take my jeans for repairs. He\she might know , but just in case.........
Judith Turner (2 years ago)
It probably would be. I live on the Gold Coast Australia
Judith Turner (2 years ago)
To add to that, I only use a standard cotton thread. Not the heavy jean thread.
SirChivalRegal (2 years ago)
Thanks Judith, i really appreciate the time you gave for the answer, i would preferably drop my jeans for you too fix, but chances are, is that I live too far away. I'll try to convey your instructions to my local tailor and hope he gets it. Once Again Thanks!!
Judith Turner (2 years ago)
Hi, The only time I am doing what is called a zigzag stitch is when I am sewing on the wrong side and stitching around the outside of the new denim fabric that I pinned into place. I had used pinking shears to cut the fabric piece out. I do that because usually when you use pinking shears the fabric will not fray as much. To answer your question on when I sew from the outside. I have the stitch setting on straight stitch (not zigzag) and I put it on between 2 - 3 in stitched length. Then I stitch back and forward following the grain of the fabric. This is important, because if you sew against the grain, the stitching will be more noticeable. I usually start on the left and work across to the right. Or viz versa. But what I am doing is I sew down the grain then I reverse back up but move across to another grain line, and reverse to the top. Then I let go of reverse and move across to another grain line and sew down. And so on. This example is a rough one. I have darned trousers using this method and literally sewn on every grain line, and the darn is very difficult to see if the thread is a good match to the fabric. Whew. Hope you got all that. Thanks for the question. Judith

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