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« on: August 02, 2008 10:33:15 AM »

I went shopping the other day at Plato's closet, and found the most gorgeous Hollister jeans (only $18!) that fit me perfectly... besides the length. Thre like 3 inches to long. Anyone have any tips to hem my jeans? I'm nervous about messing them up! And I do not have a serger, just a sewing machine.

« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008 11:29:48 AM »

Figure out how long you want your jeans to be. A good rule of thumb is to leave an inch between the hem and the ground when you are standing up straight. This step is a lot easier with a friend to mark or pin the jeans at the desired length while you are wearing them, but you can always use a measuring tape and basic math to figure out just where to pin. Always measure and make sure the length is even at all points around the leg before you proceed.
Trim the excess material. Leave about a 1-inch hem allowance, and cut an extra 1/2-inch from any existing seams. When you fold the material over, this extra cut will prevent the seams from seeming too thick.
Iron the jeans to allow for clean folding, then turn the jeans inside-out. Fold the future hem up 1/2-inch and pin it in place. Again, at this time it can be helpful to iron. Fold the hem over another 1/2-inch. The hem should still be 1/2-inch in length, but should have three layers of material. Always iron at this pointit will make the material nice and flat for sewing.
When you start sewing, start near a seam and hand-turn the machine over the rise of the seam to make sure you don't break your needle. Once on the seam, proceed around the leg of the jeans, keeping 1/8-inch from the top of the hem. For the best results, be sure to sew from the inside of the jeans. Once you have completed the circuit around both legs of the jeans, just cut away any excess thread and you're done.

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008 06:24:36 AM »

There's always stitch witchery....It's an iron-on strip for making hems.  You roll off the amount you need.  It is "sticky" on both sides, so you fold over the hem you want.  Set the fold creases with a hot iron first.  Place the stitch witchery in the fold you've just made, making sure one side is against the leg.  Iron again according to stitch witchery package instructions.  Voila instant hem, no sewing.

Sewing denim, if you're not used to it, can be daunting, especially over seam edges.  You need special sewing needles and a longer stitch.  Heavier thread is probably useful, but I've used regular thread with little difficulty.  It took me years before I was able to use a flat-felled foot effectively on jeans.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 10:30:44 AM »

I'm a big believer in the European (or fancy, or original, or dart) hem.
It allows you to keep the original, pretty, matching, store bought hem, but takes out however much length you need.
theres a great video tutorial here:
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008 12:13:00 PM »

Great hemming jeans tutorial
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008 01:05:17 PM »

Great hemming jeans tutorial
Very clever idea!   Roll Eyes Why didn't I think of that! Roll Eyes  Grin

Actually, I am tall enough so those 34 inch inseams are quite welcome  Grin But it's still a great tip on altering those nasty flat-felled denim seams.  Thanks!

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