Welcome to your first class on sewing alterations and arrangements, today you will learn how to shorten trousers and jeans.
This class is taught by Roxana Manzat, a tailor, dressmaker and designer who has been running her own workshop for alterations and her own designs for many years.
Today you will learn 3 different techniques, the first one you will learn is how to shorten jeans using the original thread.
Reusing the original thread can only be done if the jeans have a chain stitch.
The second and third techniques that you will learn today is how to shorten jeans with the original hem in different ways.
These techniques are used when the client wants to keep the original hem of the jeans.
This usually happens because the customer likes the “damaged” effect or the wash effect of these jeans.
Something that I think can help you a lot in these classes is that I talk to you about money, so I will also tell you what I used to charge to my customers in my 4 years as a tailor.
In my workshop in London (United Kingdom), in a quite expensive area, I charged for shortening jeans in a simple way about £13 and I charged about £18 \ £20 to shorten jeans with an original hem.
Remember that in each country the prices of these services change, I recommend that you calculate how much money you want to earn at the end of the month and how long it takes to make these sewing alterations if you are doing this as a business.
As always, if you have any questions, remember that you can send me an email through your user account, in the support section.
Submit your exercises
The best way to learn sewing alterations is by sewing, so for today’s class, I recommend that you practice the 3 techniques you learned today.
I recommend that you use jeans that you are going to throw away or buy a second-hand pair.
Remember to send me clear photos where you can see the original hem and the new hem you make, as well as some photos of the process.
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