Darning, hemming and alterations

Right from the makers


Denim repair in three steps

From the jeans makers of Paleo Denim and Navasota


1. Wash your garment

We only work on clean or brand new jeans. Wash up your jeans before you bring them in. Click here for more details on caring for your jeans.


3. Drop at the shop

Drop off your jeans at our Eastside repair workshop. We can walk you through all the repair and alteration options. We aren't listed on Google Maps - check your appointment confirmation e-mail for directions.


Hemming, repair and alteration services


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Crotch blowout repair

We use a vintage Singer 47W70 darning machine for all repair work. The darning machine allows us to reweave material with American made thread. We keep a wide range of thread colors on hand in order to match your denim color as closely as possible. Darning repairs aren't limited to crotch blowouts, let us know what you'd like to have fixed.

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Chainstitch hemming

Have your jeans hemmed with an authentic Union Special 43200G chainstitch hemmer. We can match colors from most Japanese and American brands. 

Don't know your inseam measurement? Bring a pair with a length you'd like to match and we can measure.


Inseam tapering

Change the fit of your jeans through the leg. All tapering done from the inseam, leaving the selvedge untouched. All tapering is performed on our factory machines.

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Waist alteration

Take up to two inches out of your waistband without any visible stitch lines.



Custom fitting

Get a new pair of jeans made just for you. We can talk fit, fabric and details at the shop and get you in the perfect pair.

Care and washing for your jeans


All jeans benefit from regular washing! Anyone that tells you otherwise is selling a lifestyle. We require all garments be washed before we can work on them. There are plenty of half truths and mythology online about washing your jeans so we've put together these loose guidelines.

  • Unwashed jeans will break down prematurely from oil, bacteria and grit degrading the fibers. Wash your jeans.

  • What you do and how you wear your jeans will determine how often they need to be washed. Jeans that are worn tighter to the body or when you're more active (ie commuting by bicycle) will benefit from more frequent washing. We recommend washing your jeans after 7-45 days of wear. 

  • Wash inside out with by hand or in a side loading washing machine. If the denim is heavier or stiffer you might want to pull stop the washer before the spin cycle. The spin cycle can scrunch heavy fabrics and cause some marbling in the indigo. This is typically no longer necessary after a few washes.

  • If you're washing by hand be sure to agitate the jeans quite a bit to get the dirt and oil out. Rinse thoroughly, at least twice.

  • Hang drying is best for longevity.  Clothing dryers are harsh on yarn fibers, may wear the indigo unevenly and may cause excessive shrinking of the fabric. If you're in a hurry, don't fret. Using a dryer isn't the end of the world.

  • Wash or rinse new jeans before wear to soften the fibers, reduce fabric tension and eliminate starches/treatments from the fabric mills.

  • Higher water temperatures will cause more shrinking of the fabrics than cold water.  Adjust according to your sizing preferences.

  • Sometimes you'll see a recommendation that you put your jeans in the freezer to "kill bacteria." Nope. That's a silly thing to let the internet trick you into doing. Just wash your jeans.