How to Hem Jeans

by Laura Carrozza, May 24 2016

We've all had this problem. We found the PERFECT pair of jeans. Everything about them is amazing. The cut, the fit, the style....everything. Everything BUT the length. It's just a tad too long. Or for those like myself who are vertically challenged, the jeans are about 6 inches too long.

Well, my loves, have no fear. I am going to show you how to hem those jeans to fit just right while keeping the original hem. Sounds intense? Seriously have no fear. All you need are basic sewing skills. I am here to walk you through it!

Step 1:
On the jeans, mark the length you would like the pant legs to be with a pin. Make sure both legs are even. Next you will measure 1/2 inch up from the pinned area and draw a line across the pant leg with fabric chalk.

Step 2:
Fold the pant hem upward toward the chalk line. You want the stitching on the original hem to lay right on the chalk line. Pin down.

Step 3:
Now begin sewing! You will stitch on the top edge of the original hem right below the original stitching. It might be a bit hard to see the stitching in my picture, but right where my thumb nail points is where you will stitch your hem down. If your not sure about the length or feel nervous about stitching, I suggest basting the hem down first and trying on the pants to see if you like where the hem will lay.

Step 4:
Once you have stitched both hems down, you will cut away any excess fabric (if necessary) and use a tight zigzag stitch or a serger to secure and prevent any fraying.

Step 5:
Flip your hem back down and press with a hot iron and you have officially hemmed your jeans without having to get rid of the original hem and they look flawless!

Enjoy! And if you have any questions, feel free to send me a note!


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