Pinking shears for blue jeans?

Can I use pinking shears for the bottom of blue jeans?
What about using fray check also?
Thanks, Andy
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Andy
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?
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ItsJoanNotJoann
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.
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ItsJoanNotJoann
I have done that before, but looking for something cheaper than $10.
Thanks for your input.
Andy
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Andy
$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.
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ItsJoanNotJoann
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.
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J. Clarke
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.
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ItsJoanNotJoann
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":
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If you don't have a sewing machine, you can stitch that seam with a hand needle, using a 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.
> Thanks, > Andy
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Kay Lancaster
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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Andy

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