How to Fake the heavy stitching on Jeans

One of the most common alterations people ask for is shortening jeans. I do have a sneaky trick for this that i’ve shared with you before, but sometimes there is no choice but to rip out the old hem, cut down the length and re-stitch.

This often gives away that you’ve had your jeans altered as it’s tricky to replicate the original stitching. Not only was it stitched with a heavy specialist thread, the colour is often hard to match.

Fear not, you can use a dual thread on the top of the sewing machine to FAKE the look of the professional top stitching.

There’s a much bigger range of colours in normal sewing thread, so you should be able to get a great colour match.

Watch my short video to see how easy this trick is, and discover dual thread stitching…


  • Charleen

    19.01.2015 at 09:32

    Thank you love this clever idea. Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Stephanie

    04.07.2013 at 06:38

    Thanks so much for that video tip, I’ve had some issues getting good matches in topstitch threads before, and then getting the sewing machine happy enough to sew with such heavy thread.
    Dual threads in the top is such a great idea!
    Could you also use one spool of thread for the top colour and wind some onto a bobbin for the second thread for the needle, to save buying two spools of coordinating thread?

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      20.07.2013 at 14:53


      Winding onto a bobbin for the second top thread is a great way to save buying 2 spools. Fantastic tip. Glad you found the video useful

      Happy top-stitching Claire-Louise :)

  • Kyle

    07.06.2013 at 02:55

    nice tip, thanks!! will definitely try that!

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      02.07.2013 at 21:34

      Kyle, how did your dual thread stitching go?

      CL :)