I have a question for you, members.
I am a shirtmaker, in Milano, with my own shop, selling bespoke shirts (cutted by me) and other ready made goods.
Now I would like to start to sell bespoke jeans.
That's because denim could be a very interesting fabric (I did sell fabric before opening my shop).Selvedge denim, unsanforized, that need to be washed, and used day by day, produced in USA or Japan, with old shuttle looms, for me have the same charm of an old Scottish tweed.
And also jeans could be an interesting product, if made with old sewing machines and as an artisan product.
On the web I did find videos about people that make jeans using old machines, trying to preserve a job and a product that have an history.
Here are some exemple:
Roy denim (USA)
Hartford Denim Company (USA):
Companion denim (spanish):
Mike Hodis (USA):
Cone Mills (USA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfhhNiV_SA
Momotrao jeans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csPL3WQrLRM
Here are the questions, before to start speaking about drafts, fittings, etc. I would like to know, which could be the best machines to make it.
I know about Reece for keyholes (I have a Reece 104 that I use for shirt button holes), and Union Special 43200g for hem (too expensive for me at this stage).
My question is: it is possible to make a jeans with a single needle lockstich (I have an industrial Pfaff 563), or is better make it with a chainstich machine, and in this case, which is the more usefull machine, the indispensable one ?
Why is better chainstich then lockstich ?
Single needle or two needls ?
I could buy (from a friend) a Singer 261-13 two needls chainstich feed of the arm, and I have an industrial overlock (Rimoldi 128).
Which machine is used for belt loops ?
Which should I buy ?
Thanks in advance for all your advices, and sorry for my English !