I’ve always wondered why pants have topstitching on the inseam instead of the outseam. While sewing Henry’s s/s collection I didn’t find the reason, but I did find how to make jeans have the manufactured topstitching look.

A Tip For Topstitching Jeans


1. When you are putting your jeans (or shorts) together, assemble the front and back pieces separately.

A Tip For Topstitching Jeans

2. Sew the front and back together at the inseam and topstitch seam allowances towards the back.

A Tip For Topstitching Jeans

3. Sew the outseams together. Topstitch seam allowances towards back only to the base of the pocket. This is exactly how manufactured jeans are topstitched!

A Tip For Topstitching Jeans

If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “A Tip For Topstitching Jeans

  1. I'll take all the tips I can when it comes to top stitching! I'll give this a swing next time.

    Posted on May 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  2. I love the look of top stitching on jeans!

    Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm