Learn how to hem jeans by reusing the original hem. Shorten your denim pants and keep the same look!
Jeans are bought with a loved and worn look. All edges show some color loss. If your jeans are too long, you don't want to lose the unique hem detail.
Learn how to hem jeans with the original hem to retain those special details. Another name for this hemming method is a French hem like a French seam.
Jeans are made from denim or stretch denim fabric. There are all kinds of different colors of denim, but the most common color is indigo navy.
Denim is made with a twill weave which makes the fabric appear to go diagonally. Here are some tips for sewing denim fabric.
Denim jeans are a staple in any wardrobe and can look dressed up or down, but almost all jeans come with clothing already added in high-use areas. This is the part that can make the jeans look expensive and high quality.
The only problem with buying clothes in stores is that they are an average measurement that doesn't actually exist. It's difficult to get the exact right length of jeans.
They need to be hemmed shorter, but if you hem where you cut the fabric you will lose all the wear and appearance. This method saves the original hem and seams.
I will say the only downside to this type of hem is that you cannot reverse the jeans if you have this hem. If you turn the jeans inside out, you will see the hidden seam allowance inside.
If you want the hem of your jeans to be cuffed, you can't do this sewing tutorial. Instead, you can do a regular hem with how to hem jeans. If you cut your pants, you can learn how to crop jeans.
You can sort of see the topstitching above the other seams, but from afar no one can see them.
The trick is to get a thread that matches the jeans as closely as possible. You don't want topstitching jeans thread, you want a bluish gray thread that will appear almost invisible when sewn.
Your pants are the right length without looking like they're hemmed! This is the best tip for how to hem your jeans! This is one of the sewing and alterations you can do yourself!
How to Hem Jeans Using the Original Hem
How to measure
Put on the jeans and mark the amount needed to shorten them. I recommend marking them when you are wearing the correct shoes and having someone else mark them for you.
Measure the amount to shorten the jeans. Divide the measurement by two.
My jeans needed to be shortened by two inches, so my result is one inch.
Measuring and marking
On the inside of the pant leg, mark the measurement divided from the seam line. This is the fold line.
Fold the fabric on this line and pin all the way around the pant leg. Do the same with the other leg.
Sew with matching thread between the seam line and the top fold of the hem.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/2″ and on twill or zigzag.
Iron the seam allowance into the pant leg. Use plenty of steam and heat.
Topstitch the seam allowance towards the pant leg. Sew 1/8″ above the seam line with matching thread for invisibility.
Secure the fold at each side seam by stitching in the gap with matching thread.
Jeans too long
- Put on the jeans and mark the amount needed to shorten them. Take off the jeans.
- Measure the amount you want to shorten the jeans. Divide the measurement by two.
- Turn the jeans inside out. On the pant leg, mark the measurement divided from the seam line. Mark it all the way around the pant leg, then mark the other leg. This is the fold line.
- Fold the fabric on this line right sides together and pin all the way around the pant leg. Do the same with the other leg.
- Sew around the pant leg with thread that matches the jeans between the seam line and the top fold of the hem. Do the same with the other leg.
- Trim the seam allowance to 1/2 inch and serge or zigzag the edges. Iron the seam allowances into the pant leg. Use plenty of steam and heat.
- Topstitch the seam allowance toward the pant leg by stitching 1/8 inch above the seam line with matching thread for invisibility.
- Secure the fold at each side seam by stitching in the gap with matching thread.
If you hem the pants a lot and the pants are flared, you may need to re-hem the side seams before hemming.
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