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A DENIM GLOSSARY

by S. Charlie Weyman

Jeans might be the most common clothing item worn today. But sometimes it seems you need an instruction manual to buy and wear them right. Here is what a glossary for that manual might look like.

Chain stitching: A stitch sometimes found on the leg opening of jeans. Denim enthusiasts like them because of their connection with traditional production, and because of the “roping” effect they give to fades at the leg openings. However, chain stitching is less durable and more expensive than lockstitching. Furthermore, chain stitching machines are rare, and when a “link” in the chain is broken, the whole thing can unravel. But purists will settle for nothing else.

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