Learn 6 tips for working with recycled denim
Transforming your old jeans into something new is a lot of fun if you know the secrets. Whether sewing a tote, upcycled clothes, or an interesting wall hanging, you'll need to know these secrets for successfully using recycled denim in your projects.

Start your jeans recycling project right with the Recycling Jeans Notions Value Set. You'll get a 5-pack of size 90 denim needles, a 5-pack of size 100 topstitch needles, a Jean-a-ma-jig, and a Surgical Seam Ripper.

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Discover the simple tips for using old jeans to create something new.
  1. Deconstruct old jeans using a Surgical Seam Ripper. Since most jeans are sewn with a double row of stitching for stability, this makes it easier to separate the layers of fabric.

  2. Save decorative details like leg seams, pockets, and belt loops to add style on your new project.

  3. Give your projects extra flair by using different colors or “washes” of denim fabric. And don't forget about the “other right side” of fabric—what's on the inside of the jeans may be a great complement to what's on the outside.

  4. Stitch with a machine needle made especially for sewing jeans, with a longer eye, sharper point, and stronger shaft to go through several layers of this extra-thick fabric problem-free. Size 90 denim needles or size 100 topstitch needles work best for this task.

  5. Use a stronger thread designed especially for thick layers of fabric, and that gives you the traditional look of denim stitching. Aerofil All-Purpose Jeans Thread comes in all the most common colors used for top-stitching on jeans.

  6. Keep your presser foot level for even sewing. The Jean-a-ma-jig helps prevent skipped stitches and broken needles when sewing over a mountain of layers of denim, especially where several seams meet.
Expert Tip: While you typically wouldn't want to use heavier-weight Jeans Stitch Thread in both the needle and bobbin, you may want to break this rule if the seams are visible on the finished project and you want your decorative stitches to show.
RECYCLING JEANS NOTIONS VALUE SET
# RJNVST
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Notions you need to sew denim projects with ease
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JEAN-A-MA-JIG 1 PKG
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Easily hem jeans with the help of this handy jean-a-ma-jig tool
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DENIM NEEDLE COMBO
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KLASSE TOPSTITCH NEEDLE SET
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DENIM BLUES ALL PURPOSE AEROFIL THREAD PACK
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The perfect construction threads for recycling jeans into something new
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JEANS STITCH THREAD PACK
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BLUE JEAN GOLD JEANS STITCH THREAD
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Give a signature topstitch look to denim projects with Blue Jean Gold Jeans Stitch Thread
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TOPAZ COPPER JEANS STITCH THREAD
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BURNT ORANGE JEANS STITCH THREAD
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SURGICAL SEAM RIPPER
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Rip fast, without damaging fabric
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