1. Preparation: Gather Your Tools
- Jeans to be hemmed
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Chalk or fabric marker
- Sharp scissors suitable for denim
- Sewing pins
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine or needle for hand-sewing
2. Measure and Mark the Desired Length
- Try On the Jeans: Put on the jeans with the shoes you intend to wear with them.
- Mark the Length: Use the measuring tape or ruler to determine the desired length. Mark this point with chalk or a fabric marker on both legs. Ensure the markings are even and at the desired height from the ground.
3. Prepare for Hemming
- Turn the Jeans Inside Out: This helps you work on the inside of the jeans.
- Cut Excess Fabric: Measure approximately 1.5 to 2 inches (4-5 cm) below the marked line and cut off the excess fabric evenly from both legs. This provides room for the hem.
4. Create the New Hem
- Fold the Fabric: Fold the bottom edge of the jeans upward along the marked line to create the new hem. Use sewing pins to secure the fold in place.
- Double-check Length: Ensure the length is accurate and even on both legs by measuring from the folded edge to the bottom of the jeans.
5. Sewing the Hem
- Choose Your Sewing Method: You can either use a sewing machine or hand-sew the hem. Use a denim needle if using a machine.
- Start Sewing: Begin sewing along the folded edge, removing pins as you go. Use a straight stitch for a sewing machine or a straight, neat hand-sewn stitch.
- Backstitch for Security: At the beginning and end of your sewing, backstitch or knot the thread securely to prevent unraveling.
6. Finishing Touches
- Trim Excess Threads: Once the hem is sewn, trim any loose threads to give the hem a clean finish.
- Press the Hem: Use an iron to press the newly sewn hem. This helps the hem lay flat and gives it a crisp appearance.
7. Try on and Enjoy Your Hemmed Jeans!
Put on your freshly hemmed jeans and admire the new custom length!