Learn how to hem jeans by reusing the original hem. Shorten your denim pants and keep the same look!
Jeans are purchased with a loved and worn look. All the edges have a little bit of color loss. If your jeans are too long, then you don’t want to lose the unique details on the hem.
Learn how to hem jeans with the original hem so you can keep those special details. Another name for this method of hemming is a French hem like a French seam.
Jeans are made out of denim or stretch denim fabric. There are all kinds of different colors of denim, but the most common color is and indigo navy color.
Denim is made with a twill weave that actually looks makes the fabric look like it goes diagonally. Here are some tips for sewing denim fabric.
Denim jeans are a staple in any closet and can be found to look dressy or casual, but almost all denim comes with some wear already added in high stress areas. This is the part that can make the jeans look expensive and high quality.
The one problem with buying any clothing from the store is that it fits an average measurement that doesn’t actually exist. It’s hard to get the exact right length of jeans.
They need to be hemmed shorter, but if you do a hem where you cut the fabric off you’ll lose all the wear and look. This method saves the original hem and stitching.
I will say the one drawback of this type of hem is that you can’t cuff the jeans if you have this hem. If you cuff the jeans you’ll see the hidden seam allowance inside.
If you want the hem of your jeans to be cuffed, you can’t do this sewing tutorial. You can do a regular hem with how to hem jeans. If you are cutting your pants into shorts you can do a cuffed hem instead.
You can kind of see the topstitching above the other stitching, but from far away nobody can see it.
The trick is to get thread that matches as closely as possible to the jeans. You don’t want jeans topstitching thread, you want a blue-ish gray thread that will look almost invisible once sewn.
Your pants are the right length without looking like they were hemmed! It’s the best trick for how to hem your jeans! This is one of the sewing and alterations you can do yourself!
How to Hem Jeans with the Original Hem
How to Measure
Put on the jeans and mark how much to need to shorten them. I recommend marking them when you are wearing the correct shoes and having someone else mark it for you.
Measure the amount to shorten the jeans. Divide the measurement by two.
My jeans needed to be shortened two inches so my result is one inch.
One the inside of the pant leg mark the divided measurement up from the stitching line. This is the fold line.
Fold the fabric up on this line and pin all the way around the pant leg. Do the same to the other leg.
Sew with matching thread between the stitching line and the upper hem fold.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/2″ and serge or zigzag.
Press the seam allowance up into the pant leg. Use lots of steam and heat.
Topstitch the seam allowance up towards the pant leg. Sew 1/8″ above the seam line with matching thread for invisibility.
Tack the fold up at each side seam by stitching in the ditch with matching thread.
- Jeans that are too long
- Matching thread
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- Put on the jeans and mark how much to need to shorten them. Take the jeans off.
- 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 divided measurement up from the stitching line. Mark it all the way around the pant leg and then mark the other leg. This is the fold line.
- Fold the fabric up on this line with right sides together and pin all the way around the pant leg. Do the same to the other leg.
- Sew around the pant leg with thread that matches the jeans between the stitching line and the upper hem fold. Do the same to the other leg.
- Trim the seam allowance to 1/2 inch and serge or zigzag the edges. Press the seam allowances up into the pant leg. Use lots of steam and heat.
- Topstitch the seam allowance up towards the pant leg by sewing 1/8 inch above the seam line with matching thread for invisibility.
- Tack the fold up at each side seam by stitching in the ditch with matching thread.
If you are hemming the pants a large amount and the pants are flared you might have to take the side seams of the hem in before you do this hem.
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