If you're into denim you've probably heard about chain stitch before.

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. At Japan Blue Jeans, we only use Union Special!

Advantages of the Chainstitch

  • More authentic and original
  • Results in nicer fading pattern around denim bottoms
  • Better “roping” effects (i.e. twisted, rope-like look at denim bottoms)


Look at this beautiful fade !