Denim Topstitching Tips…


Denim is probably my all-time favourite fabric. It wears well, is easy to repair and gets more beautiful with age – surely it’s every sustainable sewist’s dream fabric?!

I am no stranger to working with Denim, I’ve made several denim garments now which can be seen on the blog – grey and blue denim Pippi Pinafores, two denim Cleos and this Camden skirt spring immediately to mind but despite lots of practise I hadn’t ever used denim thread before.


I was sent this multi-pack of Gutermann denim threads to try out. They are really nice to touch and feel quite smooth, they are thicker than regular Gutermann sew-all thread but definitely not as thick as topstitching thread. Depending on what mood it is in, sometimes my machine has  a bit of a problem with topstitching thread but it didn’t once have a problem with this denim thread so I think I will try and use this whenever I can!


Because it is specifically designed for denim it is strong and comes in typical jeans colours. These are basically my most used colours anyway! I wanted to do contrasting topstitching on these dungarees I am making so I went for the rust coloured thread on this indigo denim chambray – I couldn’t be happier with my choice!


Of course, if you are using contrasting topstitching it means your stitches will be really visible so I recommend taking your time – slow your machine down if you can and try to keep your stitches as straight as you can! I went for an interesting back pocket design as I couldn’t let my husband get all the details on his shorts! This design is inspired by one of my favourite book series – anyone know the books?!


I also recommend using Jeans needles if you are working with denim, they are quite heavy duty and are designed to punch through denim. I used these Hemline ones this time and found them to work perfectly!

I am so excited to show you my finished dungarees – they are taking a little bit longer to make because of all the details but that will be totally be worth it when I have a really well made pair of dungarees with special pockets and lots of interesting detail. I am a strong believer in the mantra ‘Loved Clothes Last’ and I believe that the more effort I put into these special details then the more attached I get to the garment and the more likely I am to love and wear and repair these for many years to come!

For more information on Gutermann’s jeans thread, you can find out more from their website: or you can email:

For more information on Hemline products, feel free to email:

Disclaimer: ⭐️Thread and needles were provided free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

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