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Jeans?

New postby SmilieFace on Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:52 am

On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult are jeans to make? I'm thinking of purchasing McCalls M5142. I've never made anything with a fly zipper, or anything with pockets. Is this pattern a lot to take on with where I am now? Can anyone recommend a "simpler" pattern? I'm wanting a pair of pants that are fitted, but with a little flare (like view B-C in this pattern).
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Re: Jeans?

New postby DorothyL on Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:27 am

Flies and pockets aren't hard if you take it slow.
A heavy weight denim can be a problem but if it is lighter with perhaps a bit of stretch it is nicer to work with.
Fit, on the other hand, can be a whole other issue.
Kaitlin did a great job on some jeans not long ago.

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Re: Jeans?

New postby woodywoodpecker598 on Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:53 am

They are like anything else, take your time and follow the pattern instructions. I think I used Kwik Sew patterns the first time I made some but haven't made any for years.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby Jeke on Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:25 am

When I did jeans years ago for my kids, I always used a jeans needle in my machine. Anything else often broke.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby Glennssister on Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:33 am

I agree, A jeans needle is great with denim. It just goes right through the thick seam overlaps with out a bit of trouble. You might also need a hump jumper. I think Dorothy can exdplain that petter than I can. I loved making jeans for my sons years ago.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby DorothyL on Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:14 pm

Belinda -- Are you suggesting I jump Humps :o :o !!??

Actually I don't even need one with my work horse Pfaff. I always slow down and lengthen my stitch when the fabric is thick.
That's important -- lengthen your stitch!!
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Re: Jeans?

New postby Mom of Six on Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:30 pm

I have a tool called a "Jean-a-ma-Jig" It helps get over the humps & bumps of jeans.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby Sewing Lady on Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:30 pm

Mom of Six wrote:I have a tool called a "Jean-a-ma-Jig" It helps get over the humps & bumps of jeans.

Me too. I buy them and give them as gifts for the sewists in my family and friends. I don't need it, but sometimes it is nice to use.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby Glennssister on Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:14 pm

I've had a Jean-a-magig for years and just recently learned to use it. I need it with my machine.
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Re: Jeans?

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:39 pm

Mine has saved me a fortune in needles.. (even jeans needles)
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