Want to easily hem your jeans, keeping the original seam? Originally posted on Fig and Plum's post Hemming Jeans Without Looking Stoopid, Redux was a Word document that had disappeared from Cavaricci's site. I had put up an html version just to make it easier to read a while back. Not everyone has Word and seeing it in your web browser is convenient. I'm reformatting it so I can refer to it more easily and hope it helps you as well.
Make sure to send your thanks to Fig and Plum, a great site to add to your feed reader! I've also made several edits to make the 9 steps more clear. Add your own tips and ask questions in the comments! Have you hemmed your jeans?
Step 1: Make the cuff
Start by making a cuff, like this one. The idea is to have the wear on the hem stitching show. Then figure out how many inches you need to take off.
Step 2: Measure and Pin
Now for the fun stuff! Divide the amount your taking off in 1/2 and place your tape measure or small ruler on the edge of the hem. Measure the same amount all around the hem, and pin in sections to make sure you will take off the same amount all around.
Step 3: Stitch
Place the sewing foot on the edge of the hem, like shown above, and slowly stitch the cuff all the way around. Make sure that it measures the same all the way around.
Step 4: Check your work
Okay, the hard work is all over. The original worn hem and stitching should be visible. If it's not, then it's either time to start over, or it's time to let the pros handle it.
Step 5: Cut the Excess
Push the extra fabric inside upwards if it is a small amount. If it's a huge wad of fabric then grab your scissors and cut off some of the extra fabric, leaving about 3/4" to allow for fraying in the wash.
Step 6: Press Flat
Turn the leg right side out and lay it flat. With your fingertips, press the seam you just created flat.
Step 7: Iron the inside
On the inside of the leg, use your iron to press the extra fabric upwards.
Step 8: Iron the Outside
Then press the outside of the leg until it is nice and flat.
Step 9: Admire your work!
There you have it! Can you tell the difference?
This forum thread on authenticforum.com linked to this page with some additional suggestions to ensure an even better hem. "...just line everything up, and every couple of inches, make a stitch through the folded fabric, and then through your jeans (be sure to go vertically so it blends better). Go around a couple times in the same area (1mm apart x 3stitches is the best bet) and then tie them in double, triple, whatever knots, tie very well, and tight, and then snip off your excess. Maybe hit the fabric glue right on the knot to stabilize it."
If you've ever had a frustrating experience threading your needly, you might like to read 7 ways to effortlessly thread a needle. I'm really glad my sewing machine has a simple needle threader! It seems like a simple thing, though it saves so much frustration when the thread slips out or I need to quickly change it. For basic hand-sewing, these tips are invaluable.
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