Monthly Archives: October 2011

Easiest, Best-Looking Jeans Hem Ever


Jeans are a pain to hem. Bulky seam allowances, heavy duty needles and that gold thread required  for an original look.  Sometimes it wasn’t worth the bother for me. I’ve been know to just tuck the excess up inside the leg, iron and go.

Until now.

Now that I’ve found the simplest, best looking results ever technique. I found it here and am sharing my experience with you right here.

You can hem your jeans in 20 minutes, start to finish; 15 after you’ve done it once.

Start by trying on the jeans and just turning them up on the outside until the length is right.

Now measure what you’ve turned up from the bottom edge to the fold. In this case, 2 1/2 inches.

Divide that number in half and  adjust what you’ve turned up to equal that number. Measure it from the inner edge of the current hem to the fold. 1 1/4 inches here. Don’t include the existing hem in your measurement from the fold.

Pinning in 4 spots was plenty to keep this in line. Now for the sewing position. Use a jeans needle so you can get through the layers of denim at the side seams. You want to stitch as dead-close to the existing hem as possible. Right up tight against it, but make sure not to catch it in your stitching, like so:

Now just stitch around the leg. Do yourself a favor and get off the pedal and onto the hand wheel at the side seams. It will avoid broken needles and allow you to keep really close to that hemline.

Repeat on the other leg and hop over to the ironing board.

Here’s what you’ll end up with on the inside:

You can either leave the excess fabric, or cut it away if you find it too bulky. I left mine there knowing that after a number of washings, these things will shrink up a bit and I’ll wish I could let them back down.

Now press, press, press, especially at the side seams to flatten out some of the bulk.

Here’s what it looks like on the outside. Up close, you can see the seam, just above the original hem. Looking down at it while wearing them, you can’t even see where they’ve been shortened.