How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

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How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

Postby Luzenia » January 31st, 2018, 9:54 am

I have some jean for Jamie that I found on clearance ( $4.00 ) that need to be hemmed as they are way too long for her. I know there is some way to fold the fabric and stitch along the original hem stitching so that you don't have to cut off the original hem to shorten. Right now I am having senior moment on how to accomplish this. Thank you to anyone that can give me information on how to do this.

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Re: How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

Postby Karens Krafts » January 31st, 2018, 12:19 pm

Super simple. Here’s a do it yourself link for it: http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/05/ho ... l-hem.html
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Re: How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

Postby Rosieq » January 31st, 2018, 2:34 pm

Thank you to both of you!! I packed a new pair, and need to hem them. I think I will do a pair for Lynn as well...if that mmachine ever walks out of the closet!
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Re: How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

Postby angelalee511 » February 1st, 2018, 11:35 am

I did this with two pair of jeans for a customer. I used the same basic steps as the tute Karen posted. I used my narrow zipper foot to get as close under that hem as possible and used an awl to keep that fold out of my way. A wooden skewer would work too. My narrow zipper foot allowed that little fold to sit on top of the foot for the most part. But it would sometime slip because even RTW don't always have perfectly even hems.

I also hammered the side seams to make it easier to get that bulk under my pressure foot.

If the jeans are really long, you will have to cut off the excess and finish the ends once you are finished and are satisfied with the stitch line. I basted first then went back and stitched. If you don't cut off the excess, it will flop back down. It also adds too much weight to the bottom.

I actually used a darker thread.

Hope this helps.
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Re: How do I hem jeans while saving the orginal hem?

Postby Bunbun5 » February 14th, 2018, 6:03 pm

I do this for my own jeans, too, Luzenia. You would never know they weren't original hems. Let us know how it turns out for you. I usually have to remove two inches so I don't cut anything off. I find jeans shrink over the years and I like being able to go back and re lengthen them later on. The technique lets you do that if they don't have to come up too much.
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