The trend in jeans is topstitching thread and worn out hems. This is actually how you buy jeans. What happens if the jeans are too long? You don’t want to lose the special details on the hem of your jeans. Well, this is how to hem jeans and keep the original hem. I’ve always called it a pinch hem because you pinch out the excess.
How to Hem Jeans
- Measure how much you need to shorten your jeans. These jeans need to be shortened 2 inches.
- On the inside of the jeans, mark HALF of the amount up from the stitching line. These jeans needed to go up 2 inches, so I marked up 1 inch. (I didn’t have time to redo this so I’m sorry the picture is wrong. Really, mark on the inside of the jeans; it makes it so much easier.)
- The line you marked is the foldline. Fold the fabric up on this line and pin.
- Sew with matching thread between the stitching line and the fold. I put two black lines on the pictures to show you where to sew.
- Turn the fold up into the leg of the pants. Because my fold is only 1 inch long, I didn’t trim any out. If your fold is longer, cut out some of the fold and finish the edge.
- Iron the hem really well. You’ll need to push up the fold really well.
- Trim the fold inside down to 5/8″ and serge the raw edges.
- Sew an 1/8″ above the fold. I like to move my needle over to the very left and then keep the fold on the center line of my sewing foot. I know everyone has different feet so do what you’re comfortable with. Make sure the thread is as close in color as possible.
- Then tack the fold up at each side seam.
- The left picture is what the tacking looks like on the inside. The right picture shows the tacking on the other seam.
This is the end result. You can kind of see the topstitching above the other stitching, but from far away nobody can see it. Now your pants are the right length without looking like they were hemmed! It’s the best trick for how to hem your jeans!