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on: February 12, 2010 07:54:01 AM 
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Since I don't have a sewing machine I've been putting off hemming a pair of my husband's too-long jeans.  Then I decided to just try them by hand, and they look great!  I kept the original seam, and you can hardly see the new one at all.



I haven't seen many step-by-step guides on how to hem jeans by hand.  The idea was pretty daunting to me, so I hope this how-to will help others who have ill-fitting jeans sitting uselessly in their closet.  
Note: I have never sewn anything besides buttons, and this was the first pair I did.  It's an extremely easy method and looks great.


First, try the pants on and measure how much shorter they need to be. Make a cuff half of that length and pin it. For these jeans I wanted to remove 3.5 inches so pinned them at 1.75 inches.


After measuring around each leg, pin the cuff.


Continue sewing in a line all the way around the cuff. Try to keep an equal distance from the seam, but the line does not have to be perfectly straight. You can see the small navy line of my stitches in the photo above.


Next, fold the cuff back down. You can either cut some of the excess material (leave half an inch or so for fraying) or just tuck it up.


Iron your new seam!


Voila!
 
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