Have you ever passed up a great fitting pair of jeans just because they were too long and you couldn't figure out how to shorten them without making them look dorky? Here is the procedure I use to hem my jeans:
- First, put your jeans on and put on the shoes that you will most likely wear while wearing your jeans. With the help of another person, mark your jeans exactly where you want them fall (i.e. ankle, floor, etc.).
- Second, cut along your marked lines on each leg. Trim excess length on hemmed piece to 1/4 - 1/2 inch above original hem. Save scraps to test the tension and stitch length on your sewing machine. *Finish raw edge on hemmed piece with a zig-zag stitch or serger (*not shown in photos).
- Using a seam ripper, remove original stitching from the old hem. Be careful, you don't want to rip a hole in the denim!
- Then, flip the piece with the old hem inside out. The inside will become the visible hem on the outside (hope that's not too confusing). Position onto the leg of your jeans by sandwiching the raw edge of the leg bottom between the hem fold, matching the side seams as closely as possible (I put the hem from the right leg onto the left leg and vice verse for easier matching). Pin hem into place.
- Machine stitch along old hem line (it should be faint but still visible) using a wide stitch (3.5-4) and "Blue Jean" top-stitching thread. Make sure you have a heavy gauge needle for denim/upholstery --at least a size 16. Don't forget to test the stitching/tension on the scrap denim before you sew your new hems. Voila!