If you are thinking about which tools you'll need to start upcycling, then this guide to the top 4 tools I use the most when repurposing jeans will really help!
All of these items are easy to come by and you probably already have them in your sewing kit. They are also inexpensive and easy to find.
Starting to deconstruct jeans and other garments can seem really daunting and tedious at first. This is why having the right tools and following technique is so important! Also, remember that this is a process that gets perfected by practice. Once you spend a little time with this, you will figure out the most efficient way of deconstructing that works best for you.
1. SEAM RIPPER
I like this small SEAM RIPPER because it's easy to grip and tends to be really sharp. This makes it easy to get in between the seams to cut the thread and separate entire seams. They are also great to pull off belt loops & 'stay stitches' on back pockets as well starting to pull apart the hem.
2. FABRIC SCISSORS
Having a good, sharp pair of FABRIC SCISSORS is really important for deconstructing garments such as jeans, as well as for cutting and sewing. I like to wedge them in between the seams once I get the seam started and just cut the threads that hold the fabric together. Make sure you take care of these properly by only using them to cut fabric and threads and never paper or anything else. You will also want to get them sharpened regularly.
3. THREAD NIPPER
THREAD NIPPERS work really well for seams that fabric scissors are too big to reach. They also come in handy when my hands get tired from holding a seam ripper or fabric scissors.
4. LINT BRUSH
I like to use a LINT BRUSH to pull out and clean away the threads that come loose from cutting in between the seams and deconstructing jeans. I highly recommend using this LINT BRUSH since its reusable.
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