If you’re short like I am, this is for you! Here is a super easy fix that looks professional. Read below to learn how to hem jeans and keep the original hem.
How many times have you found the perfect pair of jeans only to have denim swallowing your feet? My hubby knows my shopping woes all too well. I can’t find the right size, fit, color, don’t like the style, etc. You add in length to the rest of criteria and it can be VERY frustrating.
This week when I was shopping for jeans, I happened to find the perfect pair of jeans. They looked good, the right style, they fit in all the right places, not to tight, not to big, and definitely the right price! To put the cherry on the top, they were buy one 1/2 Off!!! I was in some desperate need of some jeans so I just happened to hit this at the right time. I found them at an outlet store for $20 (the retail price for these jeans are $49)!! EVEN BETTER! So I paid $20 for the first pair and $10 for the second pair. But the ONE problem was this, they were too long and they didn’t have ANY in short. There’s my clothes shopping woes!
A while back I had seen a way to hem your jeans and keep the original hem. With that in mind, I went ahead and bought them. The tutorial I had seen was super easy and I had the basics in memory. I figured even if I wasn’t able to keep the original hem, I could hem it the old fashioned way or roll them up. I tried to find the tutorial of the original tutorial but I wasn’t successful. I did find some other tutorial using the same methods. I wish I would have pinned the article so I could give this awesome person some credit. So whoever came up with this is, YOU ARE A GENIUS!
How to Hem Jeans and keep original hem
Things you will need.
- a good pair of scissors
- ruler or tape measure
- chalk, or something that you can mark fabric with that will wash away
- straight pins
- Denim needle or heavy duty needle
- thread (I used white b/c that’s what I had. You could choose a thread to match the original stitching or a dark blue to blend in with the denim but you won’t see the stitching on outside of the jeans)
- sewing machine
1. I took a pair of jeans I owned that were right in the length and used them as my guideline. I laid my old jeans on top of my new jeans. I lined them up to make sure the inseam (center seam that starts at the crotch and goes down to the bottom of the pants) lined up. I didn’t worry about the waist because they fit slightly different. I just made sure both pair of jeans were laying flat on the floor. I then measured from the bottom of the new jeans (bottom jeans in picture) to the bottom of the old jeans (jeans laying on top in the picture).
Now Pin in place and measure. Take the measurement all the way around the pant leg and pin in place. Also make sure to match up the inseams.
4. Now you will begin sewing both pant legs. I used a straight stitch. You will also need a denim or heavy needle. You might be able to use another type of needle but sometimes, you can break them. As you can see the picture below, you are going to sew very close to the original hem but not on the original hem. When I was trying to find the tutorial to give them some credit, I found a useful piece of information. **Tip**You can use a zipper foot and this will make getting close to the hem easier. In another tutorial, I saw where they used a straight stitch and and zig zag. You can use a zig zag stitch to give more structure and helps prevent the material from fraying. I almost used the zig zag stitch but I didn’t remember it being used in the tutorial. So it is up to you if you want to use it or not.
Sew all the around the pant leg removing pins before they go under the pressure foot. My mom taught me how to sew and she always places the pins horizontal and sews over them. I’ve also seen others use this method but it doesn’t work me. I have bent a few pins doing this and my sewing machine doesn’t like it either. So I stick with removing the pins before they go under the pressure foot. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end. This will prevent the thread from coming undone.
Check your bobbin before you begin sewing. I had sewed about 3/4 around the pant leg only to find out my bobbin was empty! Oops!
5. Almost done! Now go try them on to make sure you got the length right. You can always use a seam ripper, pull the stitch out and start over if you need to. After you have checked them, (no really, check before proceeding!) take your scissors and cut close to the stitching. You could probably do this with a regular pair but I strongly encourage buying a sharp pair that is made for fabric. It just cuts smoother and easier. **Tip** Don’t cut so close that you actually cut the stitching. Yes, I did this one too and had to return back to my sewing machine to fix it!
Step 7 **Update***
Take the jeans back to the sewing machine one more time. Top stitch on the top side of the jeans (part of the jean that everyone sees) right above the iron crease. This will keep the jeans from rolling up. I didn’t add the top stitch the first time I did this. Every time I would wash my jeans I would have to iron the hem down again which got REALLY annoying. Adding the straight top stitch worked like a charm.
That’s it! Super easy.
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I hope this helps all you short ladies out! And even those ladies that just need a shorter length! Let me know in the comments below if this works for you and your experience!