How To Hem Jeans

So I had to buy new jeans.  We are not going to discuss why (cough, cough) I had to buy them, but I did.  Finding jeans for some one my height is not a simple task.  I’m short or “petite” as they call it and so every  pair of pants I get needs a serious hemming.
I’ve always had my mom hem my jeans but this time I thought I’d take a whack at it myself.
I was blown away by this video I found, about  how to shorten them without losing the actual hem that came on them.

Although it took me awhile (I’m not the best with a sewing machine), I know now that it is very do-able for me to handle the future hemming of my jeans and if I can do it…anyone can!
Ok, my jeans were four inches too long, so I folded them up half that amount…2 inches (don’t include the existing hem) and pinned them in place.

Then using my sewing machine, I stitched as close to the original hem without touching  it as I could.

Then fold them back down and try them on…see if they fit.

If they are to your liking, you can iron the seams to give them a clean, finished look and you are good to go.
I went one step further and cut off the excess material because I had so much bulk.
**This is not necessary.  Especially if you are doing this to your child’s jeans.  They may grow into them and you can just let them out when they do!!

Yes, I’m in my bath robe…I got it at a thrift store for $2!!

I used pinking shears to keep them from fraying  You could also surge them.

The finished look is amazing! 

This is the craziest thing… no one would be able to tell that you have altered these!
What a easy, money saver!!

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  1. I'll definitely need this. Pants are always too long on me, too.

    I'd love for you to share at our Finished Friday blog party.

  2. This is brilliant! For the past few years I have taken my jeans to a shop to be altered so I could keep that seam. Now I can do it myself at home! Thank you!

  3. Thank you SO MUCH! At 5''2" and NOT petite – not to mention living four counties from the nearest shopping center – I have been tormented by not being able to just grab something off a rack in my town. This is a keeper.

  4. Great idea!! Thanks! I am 5'3 so I always have to hem my pants! :( Erin

  5. This is smart for kids, I love the idea of letting them back out! I'm short but have long legs, so hemming is not usually an issue for me :) Bookmarking for when baby is bigger. Stephanie

  6. Well, I'll be darned! Who knew? I have to hem everything. I'm pinning this!

  7. I've never had much trouble with hemming jeans, but this technique looks sooo much easier than the way I have done it in the past! Great idea!!

  8. You did a great job. I run an alterations business from home. That type of hem is called a European hem, when you keep the original hem. Saved yourself some money.

  9. Makes sense!

  10. I hemmed up my son’s jeans last night using this method and it rocks! I definitely will be using this method in the future.

  11. This is a great tutorial. I am going to have to try this. I have a few pairs of jeans that I need to do this with. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  12. I actually have two pair of jeans waiting to be hemmed right now! I just have to do it! Thanks for the tips!

  13. Perfect timing! I bought a few pair of jeans from a neighbor. They fit great everywhere except the length. I was considering hemming them since I’m not a high heels sort of girl, but I wasn’t sure how. Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. I shared this tip on my FB page for the folks are making the switch from summer shorts to winter pants and need to hem them. Great tutorial.

    I’d love for you to share this at my Frugal Thursday Rewind:

  15. This is great. I hope I remember this if I ever need to hem jeans again.

  16. That is a great idea! I would love for you to post it on my craft link party…..SHOW-licious Sunday Craft Showcase. Just follow this link! :)

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  17. Oh my goodness! I pay $14 a pair to have my daughters jeans hemmed like this…I am definitely trying this…with an old pair of jeans first. ;) I am not a pro with a sewing machine, but I am pretty sure I could do this! Thanks for sharing.

  18. A brilliant tutorial: not only for the method but the brilliantly clear instructions! I am SO going to do all my own trousers in future … thanks :D

  19. Very helpful, thank you.

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