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How to Turn Up (Hem) a Pair of Jeans: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Preparation: Gather Your Tools

Materials Needed:

  • 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

  1. Try On the Jeans: Put on the jeans with the shoes you intend to wear with them.
  2. 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

  1. Turn the Jeans Inside Out: This helps you work on the inside of the jeans.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Choose Your Sewing Method: You can either use a sewing machine or hand-sew the hem. Use a denim needle if using a machine.
  2. 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.
  3. Backstitch for Security: At the beginning and end of your sewing, backstitch or knot the thread securely to prevent unraveling.

6. Finishing Touches

  1. Trim Excess Threads: Once the hem is sewn, trim any loose threads to give the hem a clean finish.
  2. 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!

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