Pinking shears for blue jeans?

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Can I use pinking shears for the bottom of blue jeans?

What about using fray check also?

Thanks,
          Andy

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:16:18 AM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
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My question is why?  Are the pinking shears to be used to leave the hemline  
in a zigzag pattern?  Or are you wanting to cut off the excess length with  
them and then hem?  

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:59:23 AM UTC-5, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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I am looking to shorten while avoiding hemming.

Andy

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:20:19 PM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
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Why do you want to avoid hemming?  The pinking shears will create a mess weeks
down the road that you will regret.  If you don't have a sewing machine, take
your jeans to either a seamstress that will do a superb job or to a dry cleaners
that offers alterations.  You won't be sorry.



Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:33:20 PM UTC-5, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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I have done that before, but looking for something cheaper than $10.

Thanks for your input.

Andy

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:50:25 -0700 (PDT), Andy

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Do you have a needle and thread?

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:51:42 PM UTC-5, J. Clarke wrote:
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*APPLAUSE!*


Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:50:26 PM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
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$10 is darn cheap to have blue jeans shortened.  But I agree with J. Clarke, do
you have a needle and thread?  But if you are going for the homeless look, then
by all means use pinking shears.

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:54:54 PM UTC-5, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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Inappropriate response. You should not be judgemental.

Andy

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:47:45 -0700 (PDT), Andy

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How is that being "judgmental"?  Perhaps you would have preferred
"Lil' Abner look" to "homeless look"?  In either case you're going to
look at best unkempt.

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:55:19 PM UTC-5, J. Clarke wrote:
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https://ourpastimes.com/use-hemming-tape-6541765.html

Sew you later. :-)


Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:37:01 PM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
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That's going to look like hell on blue jeans.  But if cheap is what you want
then you're on the right path to cheap and cheap looking.


Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 4:10:23 PM UTC-5, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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I am not using the pinking shears, just regular scissors.

Andy

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:55:19 PM UTC-5, J. Clarke wrote:
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Bingo!

Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
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Sure.  If you're just going to pink a raw edge, it's going  
to look a little different from the usual treatment, though.

If you're just trying to shorten the legs and they're already  
hemmed, you might consider a "Eurohem":

<http://www.cottonandcurls.com/2010/12/hemming-jeans-while-keeping-original-hem/

If you don't have a sewing machine, you can stitch that  
seam with a hand needle, using a backstitch:
<
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM

<https://www.threadsmagazine.com/2012/10/02/how-to-master-the-backstitch

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That works, too, but Fray Check brand often goes on so thickly that it discolors  
the edge of the fabric, makes the cut edge stiff, and I find it tends to chafe  
my skin.  If you're going to use something like Fray Check, I prefer the brand  
Fray Block, which comes in a "toothpaste tube" with a long snout that makes  
it easy to apply just a small amount.  It also dries much softer.

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Re: Pinking shears for blue jeans?
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 4:42:05 PM UTC-5, Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Thanks for the excellent ideas.  

Fray Block should work.  

As I will have socks on, the "softness" factor should not be too big an issue with rubbing on my leg.

Andy


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