I started providing Sashiko workshops in NYC in 2016. I was happily surprised so many people were interested in Sashiko stitching. At the same time, I learned that “upcycle and repurpose culture” for garments is getting so big and popular. Many people asked me if I can repair denim, and the requests encouraged me to offer mending jeans workshop in NYC. Mending jeans with Sashiko stitching was simply my personal hobby, and now it gets attention. I am happy to share what I do.
In this website, Upcycle Stitches LLC shares Sashiko mending/repairing projects.
What do you need for mending Jeans
Mending and repairing denim fabric requires several good quality tools. It is merely a hand-stitching process, so you can use any types of hand-sewing needle, thimble, and thread. However, pay attention to get good quality one. Otherwise, you may waste your time and damage the garment you love.
We strongly recommend using tools specifically designed for Sashiko. Here is a list of the reason.
- Sashiko (刺し子） is a Japanese word which means “mending garment by stitching” developed in Japan a couple hundred years ago. It is my understanding of Sashiko, but I believe my definition of Sashiko is pretty accurate. Sashiko is a good technique to repair the fabric.
- Tools and Supplies for Sashiko have all the requirement to complete the mending with good results.
- Sashiko needles are strong enough to stitch through several layers of fabric, even with new denim.
- Sashiko thread is thick and strong enough to hold the patches or make fabric stronger. The thickness will result in beautiful stitches. If you would like to hide the stitches, you may use thin thread… but I also recommend you to use a sewing machine.
- Sashiko thimble and its appropriate way of using will speed up your stitching. Also, it will give you better even stitches, which result in beautiful appearance.
Please refer another article about Sashiko tools.
What type of mending can Sashiko offer
More Articles about each project of mending jeans and garments
Here is a list of past projects.
I included the article about the Sashiko stitching to reinforce the fabric and to decorate the garment.