The Chain Stitch: Introduced to us as the authentic hem on a pair of denim & the embroidery of logos or names on workwear. Originally the stitches were all made by hand, but now can be easily recreated for hems using Union Specials & denim gems & embroidery use a Cornellys or Singers that date back to to the 30's. The stitch caters to a product workwear & denim aficionados alike are drawn to. A friend of the company, Ft. Lonesome, makes commissioned pieces that are a perfect example of the embroidery. Even though now synonymous to those sects, the stitch wasn't developed for the aesthetic.
A common misconception of the stitch is that it is an incredibly tough stitch, but it can be dated to back to 475 B.C. China, where they were aiming for a much different goal. The hand stitched work embellished garments of the royalty of the time. The chain stitch can be seen in crochet, needle work, and tambour lace. It is not the most durable of stitches. It is one of the most beautiful of stitches.
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