You asked: Do jeans need a special sewing machine?

Can you use a regular sewing machine for jeans?

If you are just sewing denim which is lightweight then your regular sewing machine with the right needles, thread and technique will do a great job. But if you will be sewing denim regularly or sewing heavy denim, then consider purchasing a heavy-duty sewing machine with a strong interior frame and more powerful motor.

Do you need special thread to sew jeans?

Thread. To construct your garment, use an all-purpose polyester thread. For topstitching, switch to an upholstery or topstitching thread. Use a fresh needle when sewing with denim.

What size needle do you need to sew denim?

Quick Reference Chart

Sewing Machine Needle Type Needle Size Fabric Type
Stretch needles 75 (11) Light lycra, elasticised fabrics
90 (14) Elastic, heavier lycra, elasticised fabrics
Jeans needles 90 (14) Denim, tightly woven fabrics
100 (16) Heavy denim, vinyl, furnishings

Are jeans hard to sew?

Denim is one of those fabrics people avoid because it’s thick, which means that when you fold it or sew two pieces together it just gets thicker. But if you handle it correctly, sewing your own jeans is not that hard.

How do you sew jeans without breaking the needle?

Depending on the fabric and the construction of the seams, you may need to go slow (very slow) and help the needle through by turning the wheel with your hand. Sewing through full-speed-ahead is what breaks the needles when they come upon a particularly dense section of fabric.

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