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My UES 400t has held up really well (a part of it might be bacause they’re the first pair where I wasn’t afraid to through them in the washing machine) but today I noticed this:

I usually mend with indigo Sashiko thread but for this I’d like to match the original thread color. Does anyone know where I can find good thread online and maybe what color and thickness UES use?

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They look great Spiraltoy. Would be good to see more. Sorry I can't help with the thread.

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Yeah Spiraltoy, evo looks good!  Question, where do you find the indigo sashiko thread? thanks

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34 minutes ago, MJF9 said:

They look great Spiraltoy. Would be good to see more. Sorry I can't help with the thread.

Thanks @MJF9 I’ll try to get some pics up in the UES thread.

 

26 minutes ago, lance said:

Yeah Spiraltoy, evo looks good!  Question, where do you find the indigo sashiko thread? thanks

Got some in a indigo specialty store (can’t remember the name) and some in a huge department store, both of which are in Tokyo. I have 4 shades of indigo and one white roll. If you aren’t in Tokyo you can find some that look good on Etsy.

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Thanks Spiraltoy, I’ll give Etsy a try

edit: well, I placed my first order on Etsy - 5 colors, 50 meters each various shades of natural indigo - will see what happens. Thanks again, Spiraltoy

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So, found a store based in Tokyo on Etsy for my broken thread problem above. https://www.etsy.com/se-en/listing/477688249/cotton-thread-for-vintage-jeans-making

Ordered today. 3 colours. Cheap shipping. It says that “It's become yellow by repeated washing.” which sounds good. Fingers crossed that I can match the thread colour  and thickness UES uses.

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ive heard of that color thread being called pigskin and the yellow stitching commonly used referred as lemon. I know A & E makes the big thread spools for machines not sure where to pick up a small amount of it.

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45rpm Jormon denim under PBJ denim

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anyone ever fix either of these tears before?

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yea, i would turn em inside out for both. should be pretty straightforward if you can follow the existing stitching, particularly on the pocket. for the outseam i would fold the two selvedge edges together and then run a straight stitch down the leg where the seam tore. for the pocket i would straight stitch the inside seam first, from the bottom up, using the rivet as a placeholder (no need for pins i think). [as an aside, interesting that the rivet is so far below the pocket's top edge!]

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some pics of my 2000 no.1.

had the back pockets repaired by IndigoProof since i didnt want the arc's messed with.

crotch repair and top button hole replaced by my grandmother.

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Jeans and repairs look good, chantheman, + rep for granny!

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Got the thread I ordered from Citron on Etsy. Fixed the yoke. Not my best job but it’ll work. A few posts up is the before pic. Super happy about the tread though. 

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Here's a couple of old school patches on a pair of 1930's N&W brand overalls. Cool to see the care and attention paid to work clothes to extend the life of them.

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Another hole appeared in the rear pocket in my jeans. I usually repair the jeans myself, but there are two problems now. First, not only the pocket has a hole but the fabric below it too. Second, I mended the pocket already once before, by hand stitching a patch behind the hole. But the fabric of the patch puts more wear on the fabric and is now destroying the stitching pattern on the pocket. I don't like that, because the pattern is an important part of the design.

What would be the best way to repair this?

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yea @dggsf could you post pictures of those jeans please. Would be good to see

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@FreeCharlesManson Yeah I know. Hey, didn't you reply when I posted some photos two years ago? Those were the same jeans and I still wear them regularly. Of course they have been falling apart even more since then, but I just can't part with them.

@Niro Sure! Here are some pics. I should really repair the back pocket to keep the shape intact.

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And here is a detail from the whiskers at the front. Of course whiskers generally become more and more beautiful with increasing wear.

But only up to the point where they tear apart. A repair makes the whiskering invisible and makes the fabric more rigid, which prevents the creasing that creates whiskers in the first place. The photo shows one such repaired spot - a pity. The rest of the whiskers are already showing signs of damage too, but I hope I can still enjoy them for a while.

 

 

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22 hours ago, dggsf said:

@FreeCharlesManson Yeah I know. Hey, didn't you reply when I posted some photos two years ago? Those were the same jeans and I still wear them regularly. Of course they have been falling apart even more since then, but I just can't part with them.

probably i definitely remember seeing these jeans a while ago. crazy that these jeans are still alive after all they've been through

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The TCB 60s I’m wearing for DWC2 needed some TLC where my phone was eating through the pocket bag.

 

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Attached an antique Japanese indigo dyed fabric with indigo dyed sashiko thread.

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Flipped it up and sowed another row.

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Selvedge on the left so just one row of stitches there. Finished. Some extra fading potential that just me (and you guys) will see.

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A little repair on some children's Levi's and a serious repair on some shredded Imogene + willies. See @scienceandkindness for lots more pics or emails [email protected] to get your jeans and stuff fixed: Turn around is usually about a week. Priced in this stratosphere. 

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YMC (senforized denim from an undisclosed Japanese mill). Mended A LOT since I made them to shorts. 

 

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Some intense puckering at the pockets.

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I can't believe how dead this thread is... anybody have interesting repairs done lately?

I had front and back pocket stitching coming loose on my Full Count 1108 and Flat Head 3005, so my wife suggested I have her mother (who has sewing machine experience) reinforce it. She did a great job, I'll get some pics soon.

I rarely have issues with holes or tears, but stitching loves to come randomly undone on my jeans.

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2 hours ago, Cold Summer said:

anybody have interesting repairs done lately?

Yes :)

My first sashiko repair. It’s crude but it’s mine! This is kakishibu sashiko thread. I blanket stitched the inside of the hole, then attached a piece of slightly stretchy J Crew selvedge denim inside. I had thrifted the J Crew pants, and they’re on their way to becoming jorts. 

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edit: I plan to expand this pattern so it’s not so uniformly aligned with the patches. I also have some undyed sashiko thread for the knee, and the other thigh maybe in a different, more complicated pattern. These jeans are too big for me, and they’re becoming a practice project at this point. 

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Mason’s fatigues, I’ve had em forever, they were actually OD green at one time. Hand stitching to repair blown out rear seam, “Sashiko” repair to reinforce bleach stain. Not pretty but effective!

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I had new pockets done on my warehouse 800’s by indigo proof. Rain does some very nice work!

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One of the knees on my TSL where developing a hole som I did a spot of mending. Using the fabric left over after hemming. Folded under the corners for a change. Used indigo dyed sashiko thread. Sorry about the picture quality.

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Repaired back pocket of the Evisu, a fun mini project.

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