I used the Sandra Betzina Vogue jeans pattern and this has two sets of pockets on the front of the jean. This can create a lot of bulk. I like how the pattern fits me but next time I will use a really lightweight cotton for the pocket linings, which should make construction a lot easier.
Confession time - I didn't hammer any seams. I don't know if that makes me a bad sewalong participant ;) I used different sewing machines for different parts of the construction with a Jeans 100 needle and a 90 topstitch needle. Having tested out the fabric on my machines this worked well for me. I used my Singer 99 to sew most of the seams, my Bernina 830 record for installing the zip and my Elna 3007 for the topstitching. I was very nicely surprised how well the Elna did with the topstitching. I kept expecting to have to hammer but found that if I kept the speed down at the tricky points and occasionally used the hand wheel over the thickest areas it seemed OK. I didn't expect this first attempt to work so well so I think I just had a "try it and see" attitude. Perhaps next time I will hammer in any case to flatten the seams. (Tempted to put a fabricland style animated gif of hammering here but won't :) I don't want anyone to get a headache.)
I will do some more experiments with my machines and think about buying some presser feet to help with topstitching as I can see I am going to be making jeans for myself and DH from now on (we always have trouble getting jeans long enough for him). I will make a turquoise pair for me and several pairs in indigo denim. I will now be looking out for different weight denims as I wear jeans so often it would be good to have jeans in different fabrics to suit the season.
I will have to re-read the pattern instructions about finishing the waistband (perhaps others who have made these Sandra Betzina jeans could comment ) - I think I followed her instructions but found it difficult to get a good finish at the ends of the waistband on the inside. When it was all turned after stitching I couldn't work out how she had meant the very end where the pressed up seams from the body meet the serged edge of the waistband to be finished in a tidy way. I ended up after pressing and pressing using little hand stitches. I am sure I must have missed some point in the instructions but it is a mystery to me right now. I think I will look at the other jeans pattern I bought to see if I can find a way that works better for me.
http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/manuals/lowshank.pdf to make some lovely samples of keyhole buttonholes. After making a few samples with regular sewing thread I tried topstitching thread and that was a disaster and I had to carefully untangle a nest of thread and vintage buttonhole attachment, so not one to try at home! :)
At the start of this project I put the following as my reasons for wanting to join in:
I wanted to join the Jeans sew-a-long for various reasons:-This project has been great fun, a good challenge and I have learned some new skills and most importantly I have learned to make time for my sewing - so a big thank you to vivienz for running this sewalong.
I thought it would be a fun challenge and a good opportunity to share a challenge with other sewists.
It would help me prioritise finding time to do some sewing for me and to extend my skills.
I haven't made any fitted trousers and as I seem to live in Jeans, this would be a great challenge to solve.
The choice of jeans in 34"-35" leg length is limited and after watching Kenneth D King's "Jean-ius!" course on Craftsy I would love to be able to make some Jeans in patterned fabrics.
It would be great to have Jeans that fit properly!