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« on: February 12, 2010 07:54:01 AM »

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!

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010 08:12:03 AM »

Excellently done.  Love how you still have the original "jean hem."  Always hated first having to undo it, and second losing the effect. 

« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010 12:24:37 PM »

Awesome, creative method.  Thanks for the detailed instructions.  I'm definitely keeping them handy!
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010 01:38:34 PM »

Super Idea!
We are a family of shorties so all pants have to be hemmed but this is great because we don't have to loose the professionally finished hem.

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010 04:27:11 PM »

Haha, I hem all my jeans like that now though I just use our sewing machine and that works fine.

I always hated the look of jeans after hemming them and they looked worse once I started doing them myself (my mom would get a friend of hers who did a lot of sewing to do mine but then she moved and my mom never got around to doing it) and once I found out about doing them this way I was a lot quicker on hemming my own jeans. haha

All my pants are usually anywhere between 3-8 inches too long on me...
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2010 04:58:05 PM »

After literally decades of hand hemming my jeans, this is fantastic. I will be using your technique for my next pair.

« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2010 05:48:48 PM »

thankyouthankyouthankyou for posting this! ugh i could never think of an easy way to go about hemming pants by hand, but this seems so simple!!
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2010 07:16:26 PM »

this post was totally helpful! thanks so much!  Grin
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010 11:33:42 AM »

I always have problems with too long Jeans this is a great tut, thanks for posting!
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010 08:24:42 AM »

So simple....seems like I should have been able to think of this since I've been hemming pants for something like 14 years....

Oohh, and you could do this a couple of times, folding less, to make a little detail at the bottom.

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