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Thread: Denim

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    Denim

    At one time, I thought denim was denim.

    After acquiring about 50 pairs of jeans and making four rag quilts, I learned a few things about "denim."

    It comes in different weights and slightly different weaves.

    It comes in stretch and non-stretch.

    It comes in different colors.

    Some of the jeans had been cut off-grain and/or the fabric had been processed off-grain. If it was on-grain in one direction, it was off-grain in the other.

    I started to "bundle" all the pieces I cut from one pair of jeans. I liked to make a pattern of sorts on both sides of the rag quilts, so it was helpful to put the "same" in one bundle or bag.

    I decided I did not want to use any stretch denim in those quilts, so they went in a give-away pile.

    Some of the denim was almost as light-weight as ordinary quilting cotton. Some was almost heavy enough to use for sails.

    I bought a Heritage Cutlery Rag Sniips - well worth the money - and used that for cutting through the waistband and around the zipper and through the thick seams.

    Prices asked for jeans at yard sales vary considerably.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 06-28-2018 at 04:47 AM.

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    Don't forget most denim is Twill weave,
    http://textilefashionstudy.com/what-...f-twill-weave/

    Any woven in stretch will be on the bias.

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