I had a $50 groupon to Hem, a jean boutique in Austin. I got a wonderfully (expensive) pair of jeans (and GREAT service) for a heck of a deal. I had them hemmed at the store for a pair of heels and soon realized that wasn’t going to work out for me. I needed these bad boys for work and my converse! I opted to hem them myself instead of pay the $15 bucks!
It’s not fancy, but it’s easy. Fool proof, really. There is no cutting involved. You could seam rip the hem out at a moment’s notice! I first saw this idea over at Sew Much Ado.
First, decide how long you want them. Flats, heels, take your time with this part… pin em, wear them around… make sure you like the length. I decided to take up exactly one inch (not including the original hem). You can see my measurement below.
Pin them good… I like to put my pins in vertical so that I can sew over them.
Iron the seam really well. Voila hemmed jeans! I’ve washed and worn mine 20 times and have not had to re- iron the hem.
Pretty simple, right? Can you tell? Do you know how the professionals do it? Do you hem your own pants? Do you patch your own pants? Do tell…
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Good job Jam!
Wow! Thanks for sharing.
I've always sucked it up and paid ($20!) to have my jeans hemmed professionally because I want the original hem and didn't know how to do it myself, even though I know my way around the sewing machine pretty well. I'm currently pregnant and splurged a bit on a pair of used designer maternity jeans but have been debating whether I should have them hemmed, knowing I'll (hopefully!) only be wearing them for a few more months…now I'll hem them myself. Thanks!
This is AWESOME!!! I am just about to hem all my daughters jeans, I am so glad I saw this first!!! thank you so much for sharing!!
Amen!!!! I have 2 pairs of jeans that need hemming for myself and 2 pairs of jeans for my 2-year old daughter. The tailor quoted me 8 bucks for each, and it didn't matter that my daughter's jeans are tiny. So I was fine with paying the $8 for my jeans, it's reasonable (since I got the jeans for under 2 bucks each!), but for my daughter, I handed them over to my mom and settled for the typical hem, thus losing the jean hem. She hasn't worked on them yet, so wait until I share this with her!!!! Woo hoo!! Also, I like that if need to change the hem, I'm not losing the length because there is no cutting. This is sew awesome! Thanks!!!!
That's awesome. I'm 5'5 1/2" so I'm a little too tall for petites but a little too short for regular jeans. This is perfect for me (and perfect for my daughter who has short legs and can almost never wear jeans!)
Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty says
I have a few pairs of jeans that I've been putting off hemming because I didn't want to cut them (like they do in other tutes). Well, shucks. I have no excuse not to take care of them now! (And at 5'0", I have to hem even petite jeans, so I ought to be accustomed to this by now, but I'm lazy… and in my working days I took my pants to be altered… now that I am a SAHM, I just cuff the bottoms like a bum.)