Are your jeans too long? Seems to me designers are making jeans for giraffes… not normal women. Don’t get me wrong… I would love to be taller with longer legs… but it’s not going to happen… so I need to shorten my jeans.
My favorite way of hemming jeans is to reuse the existing hem. This way the jeans don’t look home sewn. In fact, with this method, no one will know you hemmed your jeans yourself!
1. Put the jeans on and fold the jean legs up to find the new length. Measure from the bottom folded edge to the bottom edge of the jeans. This is the amount you want to take off.
2. With the jeans still cuffed up, adjust the cuff so that the distance from the bottom folded edge to the edge of the existing jean hem is HALF the amount you measured in step 1. Measure in several places to make sure the hem is even all the way around.
For example, if you want to take off 3 inches total from your jeans. Cuff up your jeans so that the distance from the bottom folded edge to the inside edge of the existing hem is 1 1/2 inches (half of 3).
3. Using thread that matches your jeans thread along with a jean sewing machine needle, stitch along the existing stitching line on your jean hem.
4. Press the extra fabric inside and upwards… inside the pant leg. If you have too much fabric on the fold and you need to cut it off… then cut it to about 3/4″ from the stitching line.
I found a terrific sewing tutorial for this with really nice photos. I never got a chance to make a video of this… but I’m so glad I discovered this posting.
Please go here to see photos and excellent step by step instructions to hem your jeans => How To Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem