If you’re a shorty like me and you need to hem your own jeans, and you can do it yourself, then you really must follow the link below for a super easy way to do it!
DIY: Hem Jeans Fast and Easy
Yesterday I finally sat down to hem a new pair of jeans that I have had sitting on my desk for over 2 months. I really don’t enjoy hemming jeans! I have had this ‘easy’ technique pinned on Pinterest for quite a while, but to be honest I was a little sceptical at how it would look when finished. But I love how the original hem stitching line remains, because lets face it, you can never find a matching thread!
I followed the tutorial, and it really is a great way to hem jeans, and especially in the case of the jeans I had to alter yesterday as I only had to take around 5cm off. It took me longer to re thread my Overlocker than it did to hem the jeans.
This is the finished product below, and yes it is noticeable – but that’s only when you are right up close to the hem like in the photo. The inside is also not quite as neat as the traditional rolled hem (even though I did finish the raw seam off with my overlocker), but no one is going to know, and I’m pretty sure you won’t have people studying your ankle that closely
The only change I made when sewing the new seam was to sew the new seam between the existing hem stitching line and the fold – that way the new seam sits closer to the original hem stitching line. See below:
I also have a few other tips that might be helpful if you ever have to attempt hemming jeans:
- Wash your jeans first. I know this is a pain, but there is often a small amount of shrinkage with the first wash, this way you will end up with the perfect length. I learnt this the hard way a few years ago!
- Use a denim needle on your sewing machine, or if you don’t have one – any size from a 90/14 upwards
- When you pin your hem ready to sew, make sure your side seams match. This can be a bit tricky for certain styles of jeans that taper or flare out towards the ankle, so if you can only line up one seam – match the outside.
- If you find your sewing machine or overlocker struggling through the thicker parts of the jeans, use your handwheel instead, you’ll find it will sew through a lot smoother and prevent your thread from snapping.
Short of that, my other great tip if you’re short – thanks to the helpful sales lady at my local jeans store – is to buy 7/8th length style jeans if you can find them. They’ll more than likely be the perfect length and no hemming required!