|Note: Amazon didn't send it inside another box. They shipped it using the retail box : / Talk about lack of privacy|
It only took me one try to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and try sewing. Since I was testing quilting thread, I had to experiment with the tension but that was so much easier than on my previous machine. Note to self, when using thick/courser thread, use higher tension!
Now to my project: Converting bootcut jeans to skinny jeans. I know the skinny jean fad has been around for more than 4 years, and I'm extremely behind the curve with this. Two months ago, most of the jeans in my closet were bootcut jeans until I started looking into straight jeans. For those who don't know, I have enormous calves and they don't go well with skinnies. One time I even ripped a pair of skinnies trying to fit my calves into them :( With that said, I knew that I had plenty of jeans that are waiting for conversion.
I think I'll try to summarize existing tutorials out there before I start my project. That way everyone knows why I did it.
Ok, on jeans, there are 2 different stitches on the side of the jeans. On the outside, there's a basic stitch that looks like 2 materials joining when looking on the outside. The on the inside, along the thigh, I'll call it a double stitch, where they did a basic stitch and reinforced it by ironing (or pressing) the seam and stitching it again.
For starters, taking in the material. I saw one video only taking in material on the outside of the jeans. That seems reasonable because of the stitching (I'll get into that later). However, I saw in another tutorial that if you only take in the outer, that shifts the grain of the jean and you'll actually see the twisting of the material along the front of your calves.
One of the blogs that I follow also say to start taking in material starting at the crotch. You can see her video here. That is difficult for me since my jeans are snug from the crotch to the thigh. I decided to take in the material starting at, or a little below the knee. I laid a pair of straights that I liked on top of the bootlegs and started pinning.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I've started working on another project, so stay tuned!
|The inside double stitch disappears. I've thought of this multiple times and I can't think of an easy way to keep the double stitching along the side|
|The outside of the jeans looks great though!|