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Natural Salt

4th July, 2014
Natural Salt

Natural Salt used to wash denim jeans Why do we wash new jeans using natural Salt in Japan. Washing your new jeans in natural salt helps to set their dye, preventing them from fading. In the past, using salt to keep the colour on your blue jeans was necessary because of a lack of quality laundry products for dark colours and jeans makers then did not use dye as fade-resistant as that used today. Washing your new denims in natural salt can still help to set the colouring in your jeans today, pr

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Flat Seamer Union Special

4th July, 2014
Flat Seamer Union Special

The sewing of seams before the cut pieces are joined together. Therefore the backside of the seam becomes flat and reduces friction and stress to the skin. 

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Rolled Seam Union Special

4th July, 2014
Rolled Seam Union Special

It is different from the Japanese sewing machine in stitch width. It is the sewing machine which is indispensable to express a texture original to the vintage. 

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Single Chain Stitch Union Special

4th July, 2014
Single Chain Stitch Union Special

The needle of this sewing machine exits from the main body diagonally. Therefore it is sewn while the cloth is pulled diagonally. A slight movement to fabric can leave marks and requires a skilled worker to perform this operation

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Special Sewing Machine

4th July, 2014
Special Sewing Machine

The union special company was founded in Germany in the 1960s. The company grew in Chicago, United States and has the history of more than 130 years. It is a manufacturer of the oldest industry sewing machine in the United States. The same sewing machines are no longer produced and they are also now rare in Japan.

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Rolled Seam

4th July, 2014
Rolled Seam

This is a stitch used in the hips and yoke of the pants. The seam is made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges. This work calls for a high degree of skill and intuition.

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OBI Seam

4th July, 2014
OBI Seam

The sewing machine which seams an obi and the main body of pants together. It has the operative activity to bend a belt and sew at the same time. This work calls for a high degree of skill and intuition.

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Seam seats

4th July, 2014
Seam seats

It is the sewing of the part called short steps of the front section of jeans. This is the most important part in the sewing of jeans. It is sewn using big thread as these areas have a lot of stress when jeans are put on and taken off so it is important that it is sewn properly to with stand the wear

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Single stroke stitch

4th July, 2014
Single stroke stitch

It is a stitch to sew the back pocket of jeans. The sewing staff thread in a single stroke from the beginning of the sewing of the pocket to the sewing end. This work calls for a high degree of skill. It is due to the durable sewing that the thread of the pocket does not come loose

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Denim Dyeing

4th July, 2014
Denim Dyeing

Established in 1892, the Japanese company Sakamoto Denim has a long history of dyeing and weaving high quality denim in Hiroshima. In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the company founded a museum Aikyoukan and I was lucky to have a chance to visit recently. The purpose of the museum is to shed light on natural indigo, to provide the public with opportunities of knowing the history of indigo dyeing and, above all, to pass the tradition of Kannabe town to the next generation. While showi

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