Being 5’4″ tall means I usually need to hem my pants and jeans. I’ve been sewing for years, so hemming regular pants is easy. Jeans? Not so much. The first time I had a pair of jeans professionally shortened, she left the original hem intact which looked amazing. Of course, after I’d washed and dried my spiffy new jeans several times they shrank so they were much too short. I never paid for that again.
I finally decided to learn how to do this myself because they really do look better with the original hem. I googled around and here are what seemed like the simplest directions.
Topstitch just above the original hem to keep it from rolling up.Press flat. It’s really simple and the effect is terrific. Some instructions tell you to cut off excess fabric but I didn’t bother because there was so little of it.
I may have made this look difficult but it’s amazingly simple!