LisaLou Post 1 I found a pair of selvage denim vintage jeans in a thrift shop and was so excited to try them. Thank you We know how to help you find your best fit. Selvage denim generally requires no special care beyond that of regular denim. Post your comments Post Anonymously Please enter the code: I wanted something classy looking, so purchased a selvage denim jacket that I can wear with jeans, pants and skirts.
What makes selvage denim unique and more expensive than regular denim is the fact that it is made on traditional shuttle looms, rather than more modern projectile looms. As a shuttle loom works to weave the denim in one continuous thread, it eventually reaches the end of the fabric.
In finishing this end, the loom creates the self-edge of the denim. For decades, shuttle looms were the primary tool for making jeans in America, until the popularity of denim clothing exploded in the s.
To meet demand, manufacturers switched to projectile looms, which were much faster and used less fabric per pair of pants. It was not until the s that Japanese designers saw a niche for selvage denim. Purchasing many of the old American shuttle looms, they began producing so-called premium denim and charging extra for it. Since that time, selvage denim, and the old shuttle loom weaving methods, have regained popularity, and enjoy high demand despite their expensive prices.
Projectile-weaved denim has frayed ends and must have separate stitching done to finish the length of fabric. A good example of this is a typical bargain pair of denim jeans. With separate threads, rather than one continuous thread, used in the weaving of the fabric, the inseams and other ends are ragged and prone to fraying. On a selvage pair this will not happen, even past the cuff. Also, projectile loom jeans are generally lighter in weight and less durable than selvage jeans.
In both modern and vintage selvage jeans, the ends of the fabric are stitched with thread contrasts in color to the denim. This is usually red, but is sometimes green, white, yellow, or another hue. The original reason for this was to signify the end of a piece of fabric. It remains a stylistic effect, used to help identify a piece of denim as selvage. Though they are both commonly used to make premium-quality jeans, so-called raw denim and selvage denim are two different things.
Raw denim uses natural indigo dye, as opposed to synthetic dye, and is not washed or distressed at the factory. It is up to the buyer to break in raw denim jeans, and appropriate special care — such as cold water washing — must be taken. Selvage denim generally requires no special care beyond that of regular denim.
The popular myth that the Japanese purchased "vintage" American shuttle looms is, in fact, untrue. They are actually using Japanese manufactured vintage shuttle looms made by companies like Toyoda spelled correctly. SarahSon Post 2 Denim is such a popular fabric that you see it at just about every kind of occasion. Even in warm weather, I will usually have some kind of denim jacket because of the cold air conditioning in many buildings. I wanted something classy looking, so purchased a selvage denim jacket that I can wear with jeans, pants and skirts.
It is very versatile and looks good whether you dress it up or down. LisaLou Post 1 I found a pair of selvage denim vintage jeans in a thrift shop and was so excited to try them. I had never had a pair before, and really like the look and feel of them.
Selvedge tends to have a tighter, denser weave than non-selvedge. The higher density gives the denim a sturdier hand. The use of the older selvedge loom technology also creates variations on the denim surface due to inconsistencies in the weaving process compared to denim woven on modern looms. These variations make the denim visually unique and highly desirable. Denim mills that have committed to the production of selvedge denim understand and value the nuance and history of denim.
With their advanced knowledge comes a desire, as well as a self-imposed responsibility to make a superior product. For these mills, yarn quality, dyeing techniques, quality control, design and innovation take heightened priority as compared to mills focused on commodity, high-volume production.
The result is an undeniable increase of the overall quality of selvedge. Therefore, looking at the inside of the outseam, is an easy way to identify a pair of jeans made from selvedge denim.
There are variant spellings of the term: Both are grammatically correct. The denim edge is used in the jean construction. The outseam of the jean is the self-edge of the denim fabric — and is the identifier of selvedge denim. As the above photograph reveals, the selvedge denim has the white edge with blue thread.
A non-selvedge jean will need a merrow stitch or cleaning stitch on this edge to keep the denim from unraveling. The outside edge of the jean, called the outseam, is sewn using the outside edge of the fabric. This incorporates the self-edge into the jean construction. As seen in the first photograph of this article. Non-selvedge jeans require a cleaning stitch to keep the outseam from unraveling. Selvedge denim is not the same as raw denim. Therefore, all denim, selvedge or non-selvedge, is raw when it comes out of the loom.
Washed denim is no longer raw. There may be many questions concerning the differences between selvedge and non-selvedge denim. One is not superior to the other in terms of quality and longevity.
Moreover, the cotton and the dyeing processes used for selvedge are not necessarily different than those used for non-selvedge.
Denim mills that have committed to the production of selvedge denim understand and value the nuance and history of denim. With their advanced knowledge comes a desire, as well as a self-imposed responsibility to make a superior product. Because of the selvedge edge and the often heavy weight of raw denim, selvedge and raw denim jeans can hold up for a long time, even with near daily wear. A quality pair of raw/selvedge jeans, properly taken care of, can last anywhere from a few years to a decade. Non-selvedge denim produced by projectile looms has an open and frayed edge denim, because all the individual weft yarns are disconnected on both sides. An example of overlocked non-selvedge denim. In order to make jeans from this type of denim, all the edges have to be Overlock Stitched to keep the fabric from coming unraveled.