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    Selvedge Jeans - do you care about the chain stitch?

    So i was gonna buy a pair of selvedge jeans the other day, however they were only available off the shelf at a too long for me 33" leg. The shop does in house alterations and I was quoted 6 for the standard service of shortening the leg, or 20 of shortening and adding/keeping the distinctive chain stitch.

    Seeing as i will still be turning up 2x rolls when wearing these with boots, does it matter to loose the stich, or do I bite the bullet and pay the extra 14 bucks?

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    How much are the jeans? If they're uniqlo selvedge ones that you're getting altered in house, you'd be paying almost as much as they cost in the first place.

    I was into the look of those seams for about a month, before kind of ODing on it after seeing it so often on Reddit's MFA.

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    Yea, I guess it depends on the jeans really. Are they the type of jeans you think will last you and will be worn a lot. If so, I would bite the bullet to keep them looking as original as possible.

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    20 on top of the price is a bit much for stitching that will be protected and unnoticed.
    If they're stiff I'd wait till they at least soften before touching them with a needle.
    Tbh I wouldn't hem at all. Just minus the few inches from cuffing and then letting them stack sounds pretty good

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    Thanks for the imput guys, they are Albam "the new slim". Bit of a holey grail for me, slim selvedge. They not crazy price - 115

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    If you can get away with what Des said I would do that. Otherwise I would keep your holy grail close to the original as possible. Not so much for the aesthetic purpose, but more for yourself. I think you would regret changing them later. Sometimes worth spending that extra bit.

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    Also says they'll shrink a fair bit too in the wash, but obviously you'll want to wear them a a fair bit before that "4 the sik fadez"

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    Personally you have to look so close to notice the difference between a chain and standard stitch that I wouldn't bother, unless they're very heavyweight it might be worth considering. But if they're that slim I'm guessing not!

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    Personally, a chain stitch makes no odds to me as I rarely roll jeans. But if it's a detail that's intrinsic to the item, then for the sake of a few extra quid, I'd rather have them look right than be looking at them thinking that they look wrong.

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