How to Hem Jeans (and keep the original hem)

I'm not sure if I've shared this before, but I'm pretty short. To be exact, I am 5 feet and 1 7/8 inches tall. I tell people I am 5'2" but my brother corrects me anytime he is around.

Since most "short" jeans have 29 inch inseams they're still too long for me. Only by 1/2 inch (my perfect inseam is 28.5 inches) but it's still enough to bother me. And many times jeans only come in regular or long options so it's nice not to be bother by that because I always have to fix the length anyway.

I've hemmed quite a few jeans over the years and I like to think I've perfected it at this point. ;)

What you will need:

  • Standard sewing tools
  • Sewing Machine
  • Dritz Liquid Stitch

How to Hem Jeans Tutorial:

1. Determine the perfect length for your inseam

Try your jeans on and roll the bottom to the perfect length. Before you take the jeans off measure how much you rolled! You can try just pinning it, but actually measuring it will give more accurate results.

2. Mark the proper inseam length 

Lay your jeans flat. Using a plastic measuring tape measure the proper inseam length with a fabric pen (or white color pencil). Since the original hem is being reattached don't forget to take into consideration the seam allowance and the length the original hem will add back on.

Mark straight across the bottom of the jeans checking the measurements at multiple points.

3. Cut the original hem off

Cut along the line you marked in step 2. 

4. Pin and sew the hem

Turn the cut off hems inside out. Pin the hem on the bottom. Remember to give yourself at least a 1/4 inch for seam.  

Sew as close to the original hem as possible. 

5. Flip the original hem back to the inside.

Press the new hidden hem. 

6. Glue the inside hem down (optional)

Using fabric Liquid Stitch to glue the inside hem to the jeans. This will ensure the hem doesn't unravel. 

I always let the fabric glue dry 24 hours, however, the directions state it will be dry in 30 minutes. 


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