Welcome back to Fun Friday! I’ve been wanting to share this tip of how to hem jeans and keep the original hem for months now. Months! My sewing machine had some issues and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it so my good post idea sat tucked away in my brain. Every single time I would put on a pair of jeans I would think to myself, “I need to tell my readers about this life-changing way to hem jeans!” Finally, my mom came to my house and fixed my sewing machine (she changed a bent needle…bahaha) and now I can show you this very helpful tutorial on how to hem jeans. For someone like me who is TOTALLY inept at most things sewing (as evidenced by my “broken sewing machine”) I know YOU CAN DO THIS too. I know you can. I’ve used this technique many many times. I am 5 foot 3 1/2 inches and if there isn’t a “short” option when I buy a pair of jeans I usually will need to hem them (or have them drag on the floor). Short people unite!
Important: When you are pinning the jeans make sure to carefully line up the stitching/seams on the sides of the jeans. You can see in the picture below that I pinned the jeans exactly lined up with the gold stitching.
Step 2: Sew!
This is going to feel weird. But trust me! You will place your needle next to the original hem. You will sew RIGHT NEXT to the original hem. Stitch on the RIGHT side of the hem (the farthest from the bottom of the jean). Sew all the way around the cuff. Repeat on the other leg of the jean. If you have trouble sewing over the seam with your machine try using a thicker needle. I choose to use my hand and turn the wheel on the side of the machine manually when I go over the thick seams on the sides of the jeans.
You can see the arrow pointing to the 1 1/8 inches that we hemmed.
Step 4: Press the jeans flat so they aren’t bulky or if you have hemmed a ton (like 5 inches or something) you can just cut off the excess portion. They may fray when washed if you do cut them off. That’s why I just iron them really well on the bottom.
P.S. Make sure to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can save it for later!