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Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?

Vezelay

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2020, 14:36:08 PM »
1. Topstitching thread is heavier than standard sew-all thread and comes in several colours including navy. Sometimes I'll use a double sew-all thread in one needle to substitute if I need a specific colour or run out. You can use a single standard thread but it won't look as good. You use a longer stitch length for topstitching as a rule.

2. For that fabric my Janome would work best with a 90/14 stretch needle as it has lycra in. Others may have different advice for your Juki.

JudyN

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2020, 15:12:29 PM »
Thank you @Vezelay  :D

Sewgorgeous

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2020, 18:08:31 PM »
There is a really good you tube video called 'sewing tutorial with Lynn making jeans' - sorry don't know how to do link  ><
Is it possible to change clothes when you get home into your 'comfies'? It might help rather than adapting jeans to be that loose around the waist when your out in case they fall down  :ninja:  I always change when I get home I can't bare to sit around in going out clothes have to put my leggings (home made of course) on as soon as I get in.

JudyN

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2020, 18:18:21 PM »
Thanks Sewgorgeous - it wouldn't really work because when I'm working at home I'm also in 'relaxed' mode (the bra gets undone as well and I have to do it up quick if someone comes round). And 'dressing up' to go dog walking seems a bit silly!

It's partly a psychological thing - if we have people round I can sit on the same seat in 'proper' clothes, bra done up, and be perfectly comfortable. Then the moment they go, I have to go into comfort mode again.

I should also investigate making low-rise leggings - after all, my knickers are comfy, which is just as well really!

JudyN

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2020, 19:27:00 PM »
I have an old pair of rtw yoga pants which use the cotton jersey fabric itself, folded over, for a waistband, no elastic. They do have ties but don't need them as they stay up all by themselves and are super comfortable.

Something like this http://sweet-verbena.blogspot.com/search?q=Yoga. I'm sure you'll find other similar patterns out there.

Myself I just make variations on the Style Arc Elle pant (some actually pass for jeans) but keep the elastic and waist comfortably relaxed.

Hmmm, you've got me thinking now - somewhere I spotted a guide for making a yoga waistband out of an old t shirt. I've got a couple of tight-fitting t shirts that I don't wear because I have to hold my tummy in... They're comfy though, so if I made a waistband from one of them and attached it to the leggings I cut the elastic off, it might just work...


Catllar

Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2020, 16:52:17 PM »
Get yourself a couple of new bobbins of thread, it's not worth running the risk of running out if you put in a lot of work. Get denim needles - they're designed to go through the multitude of thicknesses you'll have.
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