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.
Try on jeans to decide the length you want. I needed to shorten mine by 2″
Now adjust fold to 1/2 the distance you need it shortened by. Do not include the original hem when measuring. I turned mine up 1″, not including the original hem.
Sew around as closely as possible to the original hem, without catching it.
Flip to the inside and iron flat.
Stitch down the seamline, the entire length of what you have turned up, on both sides of the leg.
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!
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