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Chain Stitching

What does Chain Stitching mean?

Used in embroidery and sewing garment, chain stitching is a looped stitch closely resembling the links of a chain.

Heddels explains Chain Stitching

Chain stitching is the traditional stitch used to hem jeans, and creates a vivid roping effect. It uses one continuous thread that loops back on itself.

Using a chain stitch pulls slightly on the denim and causes the traditional rippling on the hem. Chain stitching requires a special sewing machine, such as a “Union Special” Sewing Machine.

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The end result and effects of chain stitching:

Raw Denim Term - Chain Stitching