September 12, 2005
I'm never paying for shit again.
This can mean only one thing - I'm not going to teach in my underwear this semester! Attendance may decrease, but without cool underpants like Laura's I shouldn't even try.
Even to my (often overcritical) eye, these came out excellent ;).
Click on the extended entry to read more.
From the scraps photographed above, it may seem that I did a whole lot of work (three blog-entries' worth) for not taking off much length. Well, it's true - I only shortened each pair by about 1 1/2", but with jeans, even if 1 extra centimeter gets stuck under my shoes, I go bonkers!
I pretty much precisely followed the plan I laid out in a previous entry, except I skipped the bashing with a hammer bit, and the hump jumper bit - once it was clear that my sewing machine couldn't handle sewing through a thrice-folded seam, all of that extra stuff became unnecessary. I still first basted carefully, then ironed the seam before sewing, and marked the needle plate with a piece of tape to create a very even seam.
At the top is the before and after. This pair by Red Engine is made from a thin, light denim, and was the easiest to hem - I was even able to tackle fully folded-over seams! It took just a little bit of pushing and prodding, but it wasn't an impossible task like my practice pair.
This is another Red Engine pair, but it's made from heavier denim and has a little bit of stretch. For this one, I was able to stitch through one of the side seams folded under twice, but the other I had to fold only once. The machine was able to negotiate all seams with minimal intervention as before ;). I will put some Fray-Chek on the exposed seam before I wear the jeans.
This pair is by Salt Works Jeans, and it is exactly like the pair above - heavier denim with a bit of stretch - so I hemmed them the same way, too. I'm particularly excited about this pair because I think they make my ass look like a million bucks. And all our asses can use some of that, right? ;)
I feel so empowered by this hemming exercise, it's hard to contain myself! Sewing is one of these things that I never got, you know? There are bobbins and thread and presser feet and needle plates - very intimidating! But I feel so good having hemmed my own jeans, and, in my opinion, having done a fantastic job - I've had jeans hemmed at the tailor before, and they come out absolutely no better than what I've been able to do here. In fact, want to take a look?
(I got these light denim jeans hemmed about three years ago, so the seams have been worn nicely.)
Oh. My. God. How in the world have I been paying $18 a pair for a shitty job like this?!? Do you see that? The tailor used regular thread, not heavy topstitch thread like I did, and the hem isn't even straight! And why in the world did he/she sew into the seam?!? Appalling.
As you are my witnesses, I will never pay $18 for shit again.
Now, what is it I hear about a special presser foot for blind hems, the type of hem often used on trousers? Oh, this is about to become a thing! ;)