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Can You Sew Denim On A Regular Sewing Machine? – Find Out Here!

The sewing machine is one of the most popular tools in the world, and you can use it to make all kinds of things. But can you use it to make a pair of jeans? Yes, you can, though not with a regular sewing machine.  

If you have tried to do this you probably noticed that the regular sewing machine is not strong enough to sew through large pieces of denim.

It also does not have the right tools for sewing buttons, zippers, or other things that are necessary to make a pair of jeans.

Because denim is so thick and sturdy, it can be a challenge to sew. If you’re not using a special sewing machine, you can still sew almost any fabric, even jeans, by sewing slowly and checking the needle frequently.

Slow, careful sewing is especially important with jeans since the fabric is thicker and more slippery than many other fabrics.

If you try to sew a large garment like a denim jacket (or a pair of jeans) on a regular sewing machine, the needle might hit the fabric and snap off, rendering the needle useless.

It’s also possible the machine’s needle plate can get bent or that your needle can get stuck in the fabric, which requires repair work and may void your warranty.

Tips to Sew Denim

Denim is a durable material that is used in many types of clothing, from jeans to jackets. Sewing together a denim garment is different than sewing with other materials since the fabric doesn’t stretch.

You can sew denim by using a special sewing machine, but you can also sew it with a household machine if you choose the right thread.

Denim is a great fabric for sewing projects. It is strong, durable, and can be worn for a long time.

Sewing with denim is not difficult but you do need to be aware of a few things. First, you should never wash denim in a standard washing machine.

It will wear down the color and fabric and cause it to fade. It is better to hand wash denim in cold water with a mild detergent.

Second, it is important to use a sewing machine needle with a sharp point. This will help make the stitches go through with ease.

Know Your Fabric

Denim is the most popular fabric used today.  Although it is a basic fabric, it is not that easy to sew.  If you are looking to sew denim on a regular sewing machine, you must know what to look for before you begin.  

Denim is a form of cloth that is a twilled weave with colored yarns and its texture is not completely smooth.  Certain denim fabrics are also referred to as “jeans”.  

If it is for ready-made garments, then it is more expensive than other types of denim.  This fabric is not hard to sew, but you do need a special machine for sewing it.


Denim is a fabric that comes in a variety of weights and feels.  You can get denim pants in a wide variety of styles, from boot cut to flared and everything in between.  

The different styles of denim dressing are all very different and the denim fabric that you use to create them will vary depending on the style you are trying to create.  

When you are making your own pair of jeans, you have to be aware of all the different steps and the different types of cuts you will need to make depending upon the style you are trying to create.

Use the right thread

Denim is a sturdy fabric and can be a bit difficult to sew, especially with a regular sewing machine. How do you know which thread to use? Well, as always, there is no one right answer.

In fact, there are several different types of thread that are appropriate for sewing denim. Which one you choose is really a matter of preference and the type of sewing machine you have.

Choosing a thread for sewing denim on your regular sewing machine is very important.

Denim is a very hard fabric to sew and can be a pain if you choose the wrong fabric. There is a lot you need to consider when choosing the right cotton thread for your denim.

Use a bumper or a leveling foot

When sewing denim fabric on a regular sewing machine you should always add a bumper or a leveling foot to your machine. It will prevent the needle from piercing the denim and getting jammed.

A good example of a bumper would be a piece of leather or felt, but you can also use a piece of cardboard. You can use a leveling foot in place of a bumper if you don’t have a bumper or feel like that would work better with your sewing machine.

A leveling foot is just a piece of metal with a rubber tip that you place on the foot of your sewing machine so it isn’t sitting on the denim.

Levelling Button for Lesser Broken Needles

Sewing denim is a difficult task even for an experienced sewer. The denim is thick and stiff, and the operator of the sewing machine must exert a lot of effort to push the fabric through the machine.

The thick denim can also cause the needle to break while sewing. One of the ways to reduce the number of needle breaks is to use a denim needle.

The denim needle is a sharp needle with a larger eye that is meant to sew through denim. However, when the thicker denim is pushed through a regular sewing machine and the needle breaks, a new needle will be required to finish the job.

A great sewing tip for jeans is to use a button-leveling tool to get that perfect finish on your jeans, especially when sewing denim.

The button-leveling tool is a specialized sewing accessory that helps you to sew the button on with perfect accuracy while sewing denim. This is particularly helpful if you are a beginning sewer as it will help you to achieve a professional look for your jeans.

In Conclusion

One of the most common questions asked by any sewer is “How do I sew Denim?” Denim is a very sturdy fabric, making it ideal for a wide range of garments, but it’s also thick and heavy, and it needs special treatment when sewing it on a regular sewing machine.

This can be especially frustrating when sewing denim on a regular sewing machine since the feed dogs can’t grab the thick fabric as easily as other fabrics. This means that you cannot use your regular presser foot, and sewing denim on a regular sewing machine can be a difficult and time-consuming process.

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she's not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.View Author posts

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