How to Hem Jeans

October 30th, 2005

I found this fabulously perfect way to hem jeans on the Cavaricci site, which has since been taken down, so here’s the lowdown. This method keeps the original hem in tact and is especially helpful now that all jeans are made to be 34 inches long for mammoth supermodels. Plus, it took less than 30 minutes.

A couple notes: It’s best to do one leg at a time, so as not to have too much undoing to do in case something goes awry. Also, it’s good to know the length that you want each leg to be. Sometimes, one leg will be a bit shorter or longer than the other before you hem.

Step 1: Decide how much length you would like to take off. Divide that number in half. (Hems should fall just below the bottom of your ankle. Also, if you generally wear high heels, or a certain height of heel, you might want your hem a bit longer – it should fall an inch to a half inch above the floor at your heel.)

Step 2: Cuff the jeans. I wanted to take two inches off my hem, so I measured one inch out from the original hem line and pinned. (Do not include the distance from the hem to the end of the jean in your calculations.)

Step 3: Pin around the rest of the cuff, taking care to measure each time you pin.

Mind the seams while you’re pinning. Make sure that the stitching lines up at each seam.

Step 4: It’s time to stitch. You want to place your needle and continue sewing right next to the original hem. Stitch on the right side of the hem, or the side farthest from the bottom of the jean. Sew all the way around the cuff. Be sure you don’t sew through both front and back sides of the jeans (making it so that the foot hole is sewn shut)!

You can either cut the excess off, leaving about a half inch for fraying, or iron the extra material in.

Turn the leg right side out and press the new seam flat, revealing the old hem.

After Jeans
Voila! No more slouchy, unflattering leg.

Updates: I’m glad everyone has found this tutorial useful. I wanted to answer some questions here that continue to arise. If you are still having trouble, just leave a comment; I usually respond within a few days.

1) Yes, this trick works just as well with jean skirts, good point!

2) If you have already cut your hem off and still have it, no worries. You can still follow these directions. After you have decided on a length, do not divide in half as Step 1 suggests. Move on to Step 2. You will essentially be reattaching the original hem in this step. Pin the stiched line at your desired length (for instance, if you want your jeans to be 30 inches long, measure 30 inches from the inseam and pin the disconnected hem to that length on the jean leg, right sides together) and follow the steps from here. If you have already thrown away the hem I am sorry to say you’ll have to try and recreate the look from scratch.

3) If the jeans leg is flared, cut off the hem about an inch above the stitched hemline. Measure the circumference of the jean at the desired length you’re hemming it. Take in the hem that you cut off to the same circumference as the jean at the desired length. Reattach the hem portion following the directions in No. 2 above.

4) This method can easily be done without a sewing machine. Follow the directions, just use your hands, needle, and thread.

5) If you are having trouble sewing over the seam with your machine, try a thicker needle. If this fails, you can always sew up to each side the seam (be sure to backstitch) and sew over the seam by hand. It works just as well. Also, a zipper foot may help.

6) I hang dry my jeans and tuck the excess fabric at the bottom up before hanging them, so I don’t need to iron the bottom flap each time. Alternatives to this, would be to use some Stichwitchery (a bonding, iron-on product) to adhere the excess material to the inside of the jean. Or, you could cut the excess off to 1/2 an inch and apply Fray-Chek a glue that keeps the material from unraveling.

7) If you want to turn your baggier jeans into skinny jeans, put them on wrong side out. Pin them to the desire tightness, starting at the crotch. Use a marker to note where the pin is hitting on both front and back. Still with right sides together and starting at the crotch, sew along your marked lines from the crotch to the hem, and then repeat with the other leg.

Thanks for stopping by and happy hemming! -Dacia

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613 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ana  |  January 25th, 2006 at 1:12 pm


    Just finished to do on my jeans and the result is great!

    Thanks for sharing this! Very well explained and the pics are great!


  • 2. Rosa  |  January 26th, 2006 at 3:43 am

    Hah, me too! Thanks. The pictures were very helpful!

  • 3. April  |  February 11th, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    This is a great posting(good pics too!)
    Do you have any suggestions for a hyper person
    who has already cut the original hem off and wants to reattach

  • 4. Emily  |  March 16th, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    I wish my mom had known that when I was a teenager and my feet were drowning in bell-bottoms! She found the slouchy leg unflattering, but I hated the way hemmed jeans looked without the characteristic stitching. She won out and kids used to call me HEMily! (Girls can be so mean!)

  • 5. CJ  |  March 30th, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    woohoo! I did it!! My husband said he couldn’t even tell the difference. I was that good! now he wants me to hem his! who would’ve thought!

  • 6. angii  |  April 3rd, 2006 at 3:22 am

    woohoo, I did it too! thank u so much for sharing this. yeah the pictures were really helpful

  • 7. Melissa  |  April 9th, 2006 at 11:39 am

    I just bought a sewing machine and i have no idea how to use it. it took my husband reading the directions to help me thread my needle and bobbin. :) I tried to hem my jeans and it turned out pretty good i think. with a little pratice itll be great. thanks for the easy instructons its hard to find good info on the net.

  • 8. Jan Conradt  |  April 13th, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks. I think I understand….the pictures really helped. I’ am going to try it tomorrow.

  • 9. michelle  |  May 10th, 2006 at 6:48 am

    Well i never knew! All those fantastic hems i have cut off to be left with a boring dark one. Thank you so much for the tips, it worked perfectly on my beautiful new Blue Cult jeans:)

  • 10. Marianne  |  May 10th, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I recently bought 3 pairs of jeans from the thrift store that are soooooo long. I’ve been waiting for a tutorial just like this to come along before I took a sewing machine to them Thanks again ;)

  • 11. June  |  May 31st, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Thanks so much for these great instructions. I wear a size 4, and th 4 Petite is sometimes a bit too short, a 4 Regular is too long. Being able to hem jeans myself gives me a lot more flexibility in my shopping. Until now my own attempts at hemming jeans has looked amatuerish. I’m really grateful to you.

  • 12. denise  |  June 9th, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    I have never sewn anything and I can’t believe this worked!!
    this is amazing!
    i did my first pair and though the lines are quite straight they still turned out decent enough for me to wear!
    im so excited to do my next pair!
    thanks a bunch!! sooo helpful

  • 13. Marissa  |  June 15th, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    I just finished hemming my jeans and they look awesome. However, (and you probably already know this) If you have flared jeans, it’s a little tricky to get the original hem lines lined up because of the differences in diameter. I still pulled off a pretty amazing job though. You can see slightly unaligned parts though. I’m still very happy :)

  • 14. Dianna  |  June 27th, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    I am a big re-sale shopper and find great deals on jeans, then I have to pay triple the amout for hemming. At the mall they charge $17.50 for this hem you described . They call it european hem. I did a pair a few monthes ago the old grandma way of just flipping it up to save hemming costs and then took down the hem and followed your directions and voila! they are perfect factory jean hem, Thanks s a million From Dianna

  • 15. wendy  |  July 4th, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    i found your site from buzzingbee. thanks for the hemming instructions, i wondered how to do that.

  • 16. Chheang  |  July 27th, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Nuts! I committed the same problem as April in the comments. Any advice on how to fix my error? I cut the bottoms off already to the length I want them. :(



  • 17. Virginia  |  July 30th, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    This is a great way of shortening. However, my daughter had a pair of jeans done where she lives and they cut off the original hem and somehow reattached it after cutting the jeans to the desired lenght. Looks somewhat tricky to do, but does not have any excess fabris inside jean that has to be ironed up. Do you know of this way of shortening? Thanks, Virginia

  • 18. jason  |  August 8th, 2006 at 2:18 am

    hey, but what i dont get is like on the outside of the jeans, theres like a really big bulging part of the hems, how do u get rid of those? cuz when u do this method, wont hter be a big bulging out hem like on the other part of the jeans?

  • 19. Sharon  |  August 9th, 2006 at 7:33 am

    This is what I was looking for!! Thanks so much. Now I can hem to my heart’s content!!!!

  • 20. bernadine  |  August 10th, 2006 at 11:43 am

    thank you! i’ve been searching the internet for 45 min to find the directions for a european hem. My seamstress friend tried to explain it to me, but your pics really helped. She also mentioned that she tucks the seam (shortened) back inside the hem so there’s no bulkines; now i understand.

  • 21. sharon  |  August 11th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    I rec’d the hemming jeans email the other day and I thank you for that. I have already used your idea on the hemmed jeans and it worked great!!! I also have a pair of jeans that I bought that I did not realize until getting home that they are not hemmed at all. Do you have instructions to hem these? Man, I’ll be glad when I get done hemming jeans!!!! Thanks in advance.

  • 22. futuregirl  |  August 18th, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial – great photos and great explanations. This is such a brilliant idea.

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  • 24. Mia  |  August 20th, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I have included a link to this from my site. What a great practical tutorial. Thanks

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  • 27. Becky  |  August 23rd, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Very easy instructions and the pictures really help! I’d like to try this with a denim skirt. Would it work out as well?

  • 28. Mee  |  August 24th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for posting these instructions–I plan to try this on a couple new pairs of new jeans…but I need a sewing machine! What brand/type would you recommend? Or is it just a matter of using the correct type of needle for denim?


  • 29. avi  |  August 26th, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    thanks for posting this. i don’t sew but i found this post because i dropped my jeans off at a tailor today and though i trust them i didn’t understand how they could keep the original hem while shortening the jeans. i still can’t quite totally understand but now at least i have faith it’s doable. sewing is such a mystery to me.

  • 30. Ali  |  August 30th, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this !

  • 31. Gretchen  |  September 2nd, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    The dry cleaner was going to charge $14 to hem my husband’s jeans. Your directions were easy to follow and it was a very quick process – they look great on him now. Thanks so much!

  • 32. cheryl  |  September 4th, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Asolutely fantastic. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  • 33. joyosity  |  September 6th, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I was wondering, though, do you have any suggestions for what to do if the jeans are flared (since the circumference at the original hemline would be a lot longer than where you want to hem it)?

  • 34. AP  |  September 7th, 2006 at 1:33 am

    This is great! I just did my first pair of jeans and they turned out fantastic -I even sewed the hem by hand!

    I do have a question though: I have a pair of jeans that have a wide (around one inch) original hem and so this trick doesn’t work. The pants end up too long.

    I’m just wondering if you have any quick tips.


  • 35. Irene  |  September 12th, 2006 at 8:44 am

    Is a sewing machine a must?

  • 36. Susan  |  September 19th, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    I love your method. The only problem I have is that I have one of the older machines that does not have the more narrow part where you can put the leg around that so you won’t sew through the third layer. Is there any way I can do it so I wont’ catch the third layer of fabric?

  • 37. tammie  |  September 24th, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    What is the best stich length and tension to use when hemming jeans?

  • 38. Clint Macdonald  |  September 29th, 2006 at 1:53 am

    Is there a special way to expand the bottom of a pair of jeans you may find too narrow. Like a slit on the inseam?

  • 39. Dr. Cocoa Puffs  |  October 12th, 2006 at 9:32 am

    Your instructions rock, Dacia. My corduroy pants look great now that they’re tailored to my non-supermodel legs.

  • 40. Michelle  |  October 25th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    I was so excited when I found this sight. I am short and have to have everything hemmed! I just hemmed two pairs of True Religion jeans and they turned out awesome. This is just one more thing that I have mastered.

  • 41. Kath  |  November 2nd, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    These instructions are great, the only ones I could find on the internet for how to do a Euro hem! Thanks for the pictures too.

  • 42. Krista  |  November 3rd, 2006 at 3:18 am

    Im still confused. I feel like I visually need another step in between one and two. HELP!

  • 43. Anonymous  |  November 4th, 2006 at 2:56 pm


    My wonderful new pants are now 5 inches shorter.

  • 44. Monica  |  November 5th, 2006 at 10:43 am

    What color of thread do I use? The color of the jeans or the gold color of the stitching?

  • 45. Chris  |  November 5th, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    I can’t tell exactly where I am supposed to stitch, would it be possible to have a close up picture of the presser foot when you do this? Or can you just tell me, is the stitching ON the hem or right next to it? Sorry to be so dense….everyone else seems to “get it”!!


  • 46. Cat  |  November 10th, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    I just bought a great pair of Lucky jeans with a frayed hem so this worked great. Your instructions were perfect. I have hemmed my jeans for years the “other way”. Never again!! Thanks so much.

  • 47. Lil  |  November 11th, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this posting. I tried it and it’s awesome. I was skeptical at first but when I was done, you couldn’t even tell the difference, wow. I didn’t have a sewing machine, so I did it by hand. Turned out awesome. Thanks again.

  • 48. Dave  |  November 16th, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    I second Chris’ question. I followed not your instructions but the original ones from the Cavaricci site. My results weren’t too bad, but I did end up with a bit of bunching as I came back towards the seams, which causes the hem to try and keep flipping itself up unless it’s well-ironed after every wash.

    You can see a not-brilliant picture of the result on my blog post.

  • 49. Pam  |  November 17th, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Answering a few questions from the comments:

    If you don’t have a freearm on your sewing machine, you can still use this technique. Just turn the leg inside out before you sew! The presser foot and needle will be “inside” the leg opening. Until I got my first free-arm machine when I was 17, that was how I hemmed and/or topstitched everything.

    Use thread to match the color of the pants fabric, not the topstitching thread.

    This technique works no matter what the depth of the hem is, because you measure from the top edge of the hem, not the bottom. If you want your jeans legs 2″ shorter, your fold is 1″ from the top of the hem. If you want them 4″ shorter, your fold is 2″. You are folding out the excess length above the hem. The depth of the existing hem has nothing to do with it.

    You sew along the pants leg as close to the top edge of the hem as you can get without sewing on top of the hem. A zipper foot would probably be useful to be able to get close to the edge of the seam. It would be a lot easier to sew a straight line without an unevenly supported foot….you’ll just zip right along, sewing next to the ridge of fabric formed by the existing hem. Very quick and easy! Almost as easy without a machine, just sew securely by hand in the same location.

    If the jeans leg is slightly flared, or you are only taking a little off the length, just stretching the leg fabric to match the hem as you sew should ease in the difference in length. If there is a great difference, you’ll need to modify this technique by cutting off the pantleg a half inch above the hem first, open the side seam of the hem and shorten the loop a little, then reattach the hem portion to the pants so that it will fall at the right place.

    Create a “designer look” by ironing the flap of fabric DOWN instead of up, and cutting it about 1/2″ longer than the hem. It will fray as it washes, creating a hint of denim fringe that sticks out below your jeans’ hem.

    Hope this helps answer some of those questions…..

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  • 51. Laura  |  November 24th, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    This worked so well that I’m astounded. I keep looking down at my jeans like I am dreaming. Yay!

    I cut the edges off more closely and applied Fray-Chek, btw, which is another choice for dealing with the excess fabric.

  • 52. sana  |  December 2nd, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    does this work with flare jeans…..since the top is wider than the bottom hem when you fold it?

  • 53. joanne  |  December 14th, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    that’s a great tip! Can you suggest how to make the waist of jeans smaller?

  • 54. Arturo Valadez  |  December 18th, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Great we will try this with our 8 year old jeans, since we always have such a horrible time trying to find jeans and pants for her they fit in the waist bit always too long or rigth lenght but dont fit in the waist, why do you divide the lenght on half?????

    Arturo and Jann

  • 55. Anonymous  |  December 25th, 2006 at 1:07 am

    Thank you so much for this!!! This was so easy and came out so well, I can’t believe it (and I am NOT great at sewing). I did this on my new Joe’s Jeans which I love, but were at least 4 inches too long. They look amazing.

  • 56. lili  |  January 1st, 2007 at 3:49 am

    As a 4 year old once said, I don’t get it! I would love to though because I have disfunctionally sewn many pant bottoms.
    How does one get from step 4 to step 5. It seems counter intuitive to sew the hem with the inside flipped out like that. would love a response.Thanks

  • 57. The Needle Shop  |  January 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Great description! An added tip – use a ZIPPER FOOT for the sewing – it makes it easier to get right up next to the original stitch line. Thanks!

  • 58. Susan  |  January 10th, 2007 at 8:03 pm


    I need some help with trimming my jeans.
    Well, more like slimming my jeans.
    I bought two skinny straight jeans, but
    both are too wide around the ankles to
    be skinny, which just makes them look sloppy!
    Please help me,
    How can I make from the knee down to the ankle
    skinnier, tighter?
    I was suggested cutting up one side and cutting
    one piece out, but I’d like to hear from real professionals.
    Please respond to my e-mail, along with this website.
    Your help is much appreciated,

  • 59. Molli  |  January 15th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks SO much for posting this!!! I’ve been looking for clear instructions on how to do this on and off for months.
    I’ve already hemmed 3 pairs of jeans/pants. It’s so fast and easy–thanks again!

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  • 62. Cathy  |  January 18th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Great tutorial! I’m teaching a Clothing class and my students loved it. The only thing is, we broke a needle when going over the seam. Do we have to open it and iron it flat before sewing? The needles on our machines are just for ordinary sewing…so some of the girls didn’t stitch down the seam; they hand-sewed it when they finished sewing the main part of the hem.

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  • 64. Lois Woodhouse  |  January 27th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I have new jeans that have sparkles about 6 ” in a v shape on the outside of each leg and are slightly belled – how can I hem these and keep all the sparkles. I’m like a lot of other writers – petite is sometimes too short and regular too long and tailoring too expensive after purchasing jeans.

    I have learned a lot from this information. Thank you so much.

  • 65. Ken  |  January 28th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Simple and easy to follow instructions. I was confident enough from reading this to go out and buy a new sewing machine to replace my old broken-down one that I clearly was not ever getting fixed, and am I ever glad I did! My two new pairs of jeans look fantastic, as will all of my jeans now for the rest of my life. Many thanks for posting this, Dacia!

  • 66. valerie  |  January 28th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    This was simply wonderFUL!! Loved it! Thank you.

  • 67. valerie  |  January 28th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    will this work with cuffed pants too?

  • 68. Leigh Joyner  |  January 31st, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    This works for more than jeans! I used the same method on my son’s khaki cargo pants and my J. Crew “broken in” chinos.

  • 69. Tracy  |  February 8th, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    This may be a very easy way to hem your jeans while keeping the original hem with distressing and worn look but there is a major draw back. The hem looks great until you wash your jeans then the hem rolls up and even with ironing it is a quite a challenge to keep it down. I ruined a great pair of jeans with this method. BE WARE.

  • 70. Her Craftiness  |  February 9th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Sorry you had a tough time with the method, Tracy, but I’ve used this trick for years, washed many a pair of jeans, and never had a problem. It sounds to me like something went awry while following the instructions. I’d be happy to help, just send me a pic of the problem! All the best, Dacia

  • 71. Diane  |  February 11th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I will never again hem jeans the old way–cutiing off old hem, turning up twice at 1/2 inch and topstirching with heavy orange jeans thread–this is way easier and BETTER–I never knew how to do it and thought it would be horribly complicated. As my husband said–it is jean-ius. I used the zipper foot with needle to the left with great results. Dacia, you have changed my life! Thank you!

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    Hi. Do I stretch as I hem the jeans, or just sew along?

  • 76. Brian  |  February 14th, 2007 at 2:28 am

    awesome! thank you soo much! i’ve been looking all over for this information! everyone i’ve talked to was convinced you couldnt do this!

    awesome and clear! you’re the best!

  • 77. Cami  |  February 14th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Any ideas to add inches to a blue jeans hem. A friend gave me some nice jeans but two inches too short. Should I just add a decorative fabric to length? Any good hints?


  • 78. Jeannine  |  February 15th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I have just hemmed my first pair and they came out great. Do you have any suggestions for what to do when you get to the seams. (i am not an experienced sewer). The thickness of the seams when they are put together seem to make it impossible for me sewing machine needle to go through and the foot gets stuck on the pants. What type of foot should I use and is there a way to keep the presser foot up while I am sewing that part.

  • 79. denise  |  February 16th, 2007 at 12:49 am

    i did a couple jeans and they turned out greatttt!!
    do you have an simple solutions of making a wide flare leg into a boot leg or even a skinny leg?
    i have these jeans that i love but the flare on the bottom is too outrageous for me now and i figure there must be a simple way to correct this!
    thanks a bunch!

  • 80. Shea  |  February 16th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Does anyone know a good way to tailor flared jeans so they are a little more straight-legged? My favorite fitting jeans just have way too much flare! Help!

  • 81. Martha  |  February 17th, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Thank you — thank you — thank you! I bought a mint pair of RL jeans at TJ Maxx yesterday for $19.99 and was dreading that “just hemmed” look.

  • 82. Steve Ryan  |  February 17th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Many thanks for the tutorial. It works great. But I am baffled by the reference to “high heels” in the measurement step. Why in heaven’s name would I be wearing high heels?

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  • 85. John Rainville  |  February 20th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Thank You — Thank You! After seeing my wife struggle for years attempting to hem jeans and becoming frustrated with poor results, I was thrilled to see her excitement when she successfully completed hemming five pairs of pants using this method! To prevent fraying, she even zippered stitched the excess before trimming. The result was a hem with very little excess on the inside of the pant leg. My pants look great! Kudos to whoever created this method and to you for posting it on the web for us to learn!

    Thanks Again,


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  • 87. maria  |  March 4th, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Thank you for posting this. I am just learning how to use my sewing machine. My SIL gave me some jeans that she doesn’t wear anymore but they were too long. I had no idea how to hem and make them look good. these came out great.

  • 88. Jennifer  |  March 4th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing, this looks much better than the typical method and now my jeans fit my short lil legs! Hooray!

  • 89. Rachel  |  March 11th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    This was fantastic! I am never going to not buy a pair of jeans because they are too long, and I am too lazy to take them somewhere to get them done! I just did my first pair and now I am regretting the day I went through my closet and ditched the jeans that didn’t fit or were too long! I decided not to cut my excess just in case my stitching came out, I could fix it.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  • 90. Lisa  |  March 14th, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome directions! I am not a big sewer at ALL but do have a simple machine, and fearfully tried this out for the first time on a brand-new pair of $200 Adriano Goldschmied’s, and they turned out fantastic! I couldn’t believe how easy and quick it was; I will NEVER pay a tailor to hem my jeans again! Just use thread that matches your denim fabric (not the original jeans stitching)… it virtually disapears and the hem looks great. The ONLY downside (and it’s a small one) is that my toes catch on the folded-up fabric inside the legs every time I put the jeans on so that’s a bit awkward.

  • 91. Amber  |  March 18th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    How do I go about sewing over the seam? My sewing machine will not allow me to get “over the hump”?

  • 92. Cute  |  March 24th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I never sew before… so i have some questions. Uhmm… when you hem a jean… will the jean see the separation line ????.. thanks :)

  • 93. Hemming Question - Authen&hellip  |  March 29th, 2007 at 1:19 am

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  • 94. Shelley  |  April 3rd, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I loved your instructions for hemming jeans. They worked great. I would like to know if you have directions for making jean waistbands smaller? I hate having to wear a belt. I appreciate your help.


  • 95. Adriana  |  April 3rd, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I used to do professional alteration and I did that all the time. For the ones who do not like the frail, here how it is done:
    -After the hem has been attached to the pants, cut excess to 1/2 “.
    -serge or zig-zag the cut part.
    - attache that part to the pants with a slip stich (by hand) and you’ll have a great finish.

    For legs the are tapped, you can still use the original hem. make sure when you attach the hem to the pants, match the outside seams of the pants. Any excess shoud now be on the inside seam part of the hem. on the wrong side make a seam to ajust the size of the hem and pants. Cut excess and open that seam. Iron it flat. Then slip stich the whole hem to the pants it should look perfect. Contact me if you have questions.

  • 96. lynn  |  April 8th, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Just tried this method and it turned out great! You just made the life of a 5’2″ person so much easier and stylish.

  • 97. Tracey  |  April 14th, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for a visual guide to hemming jeans.Would this same method would work for turning my jeans into capris? Thanks!

  • 98. Jay  |  April 14th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Hey, great tutorial. But i have a question: does it come out to having two layers? ie. does the part above the original hem have another layer? Is it noticeable after ironing? I posted this on your flickr account. The question is for picture 7, when you use the iron to press the jean seam. Im a guy, so excuse the dumb questions, but when I fold over the jeans, I get 2 layers. How did you do it, Im still confused? Also, on step 4′s picture, when you sew, are you sewing just underneath the brown thread or are you sewing where the dark jean, meets the light part of the jean? Excuse the non-technical terms.. again.. Im a guy.

  • 99. Pat Andrade  |  April 18th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    I have a Master Seamsdress degree and I can not believe I never knew how to do this!!! I am delighted at finding this out as it has been a Great Help to me. Thank you for putting in on the web and your pictures are also great. Good job and once again thank you.

  • 100. Elaine  |  April 19th, 2007 at 8:43 am

    How do you avoid breaking a needle when hemming the jean? The double thickness in the seams does not go under the pressure foot very well?

  • 101. Theresa  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I’m not real good at sewing, but my questions is can this also be done with out using a sewing machine? And if so do I sew on the original hem of the jean under the yellow stitch? Please help


  • 102. Barb  |  April 26th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I’m 5’2 and all my life I’ve had to hem jeams. I consider myself a good seamstress because of it but I’ve never thought of this method! It worked AWESOME! I also like to make the back of my
    pants a little longer than the front and that worked also. I just split the difference front to back for the side seams length. Thanks for posting this on the web. I will finally have jeans that look like they were made just for me :)

  • 103. Laura  |  April 30th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Can you show pictures for the answer to question3 about hemming flaired jeans?

  • 104. Eric  |  May 1st, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Would you do the same method if I am cutting of jeans to make into shorts, But then I have alot of excess jeans that would need to be cut??

  • 105. Eva  |  May 18th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU DACIA!! I am in between short and average, short jeans are too short and average jeans are too long. You have saved so many pairs of my jeans and your method is very simple to follow. For those having issues getting over the hump of the seam try using a jean-a-ma-jig (around $3.00) from the fabric store. It helps to sew over those tough areas.

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  • 107. pw (UK)  |  May 24th, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Hi, excellent instructions & photo’s. Will definitely try it out!

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  • 109. Amy  |  May 31st, 2007 at 1:08 am

    This was SO helpful!! I am 4’10” (and 22 yrs old)…needless to say it is IMPOSSIBLE to find jeans that fit me. I no longer have to pass up all the jeans that fit me well (other than length of course). I can shop at regular stores now…it’s GREAT!

    It’s funny how something so quick & simple…can make life easier!

  • 110. Tin-Tin  |  June 2nd, 2007 at 4:08 am

    man i wish i found this earlier. i am going to make a skirt now out of the jeans i have massacred.

  • 111. angel  |  June 7th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    this is SO good. thanks a million for helping the poor kids look like the rich kids!

  • 112. sara  |  June 13th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    I am so excited!!! I just finished hemming my first pair of designer jeans and they look better than my friends (whose were done professionally). This is going to save me a lot of money…I can’t thank you enougth. However all of my friends are going to miss making fun of me because I used to use duct tape to make my jeans shorter. I can not thank you enougth…any advise on how to hem nice pants?

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  • 114. janet  |  June 21st, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    This works like MAGIC!! And I’m no seamstres, so even a ‘dummy’ can do it! THANKS esp since I’ve got 4 pairs of jeans from my daughter that needs hemmed!

  • 115. Victoria  |  June 26th, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    WOW! Works SO well! Very well explained! Thank you very much for your article!

  • 116. anonymous  |  June 27th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    VERY NICE… but i have a question. Wouldn’t the hem stick up instead of flaten out if you sew it the way the tutorial is showing? because notice that its two layer… if you understand what i’m trying to say..

  • 117. Grace  |  July 4th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    This is a great tutorial, so well explained! And the alterations are so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  • 118. Alicia Toldi  |  July 4th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    you are so smart. =D

  • 119. amanda  |  July 5th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    hey there.

    just thought i would stop by and let you know that i used this technique to hem a skirt with two tiers of ruffles at the bottom. i was sort of in a panic because i didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but it was swallowing me at its original length- i had to take it up almost 4 inches.

    it turned out beautifully. i also did the entire thing by hand. it didn’t take nearly as long as i thought it would, but i am looking into purchasing a sewing machine in the next month or so.

    thanks so much for posting this- it really helped me out and saved me a trip to the tailor!

  • 120. Tonya  |  July 7th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    You’re a lifesaver!!!! xo

  • 121. Cyn  |  July 10th, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you, I am 5’2″ and always did a dopey hem. When I lived at home Mom, the sewing goddess, always gave me a professional hem. Tragically the sewing jean skipped me. Even I was able to do this and my sewing machine hates me.


  • 122. Sienna  |  July 13th, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Hi Dacia, this is an awesome tutorial, thanks so much! My question is about sewing machines – I’m getting into wardrobe refashion and I would like to purchase a used sewing machine and a serger that can help me repurpose my clothes, I’m planning not to go shopping for quite a while you see.

    My main need is to repair jeans and T-shirts (I am really small and most everything I buy needs to re repaired. Most of my good jeans were hemmed cheaply and now look quite sad.) What machine do you recommend for denim and jersey? Do you use one machine for hemming your jeans and also to sew garments? Thanks a lot for the help!


  • 123. renee  |  July 13th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    I just turned 30 and 2 years after having my first baby just bought my first pair of premium denim jeans. Having splurged $200 for the jeans I did not want to shell out an extra dime for the tailoring. I can’t believe I spent so much of my life not knowing how to do this. THANK YOU! Now, I’m a hot mama :)

  • 124. Lisa  |  July 14th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Hi, I wondered if anyone can help me. I have just bought a really nice pair of jeans an I was trying to hem them but I cut off way too much and now they are too short! Is there any way I can put more material on to make them a bit longer?
    Many thanks

  • 125. Rina  |  July 19th, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Thank you, thank you! I was about to throw out a nearly new pair of jeans that I’d never bothered to hem. I thought they looked frumpy. But I followed your instructions and the jeans look so sleek now. This method is much easier then the other kind where you cut, fold and sew a brand new hem, and looks better too!

  • 126. Sarah  |  July 23rd, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    TIP: If you have problems with the hem rolling back up, try sewing the inside flap to the pant leg (along the side seams) to encourage it to stay inside and flat.

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  • 128. Jay  |  July 30th, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I find your pics & the instructions just great. What if there is a lot to be shortened, what do you do with the ‘very much’ excess up inside the leg, if it were to be pushed down while putting on the jeans, it would show below the hem. Would you just cut it off & serge the edges?? Thanks much!

  • 129. bebei  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 7:42 am

    can i do this without a sewing machine?

  • 130. Anonymous  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I hem lots of jeans for customers – use a standard hem on most matching thread color to what the manufacturer used. For “designer” hems, i.e., frayed, distressed, etc, this method is a great way to keep that original look. I use #100 or 110 Jeans needles, use a “hump jumper” to stitch across the seams & you need to sew a little more slowly across the seams so as not to break the needle. For those who don’t have free-arm sewing machines, turn the jeans inside out to do thie Euro hem; that way you don’t catch the other layer of the leg because it’ll be above the area where you are stitching.

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  • 132. keli  |  August 7th, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Thank you!! I just did this on one of my favorite pairs of jeans, and it turned out great!

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  • 134. luna  |  August 9th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I just saved $21!

  • 135. Ann  |  August 10th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve used this method for years and love it. I don’t understand, however, the directions given for flared legs. The hem diameter would be greater than the leg so why would you gradually take in the leg? Am I misunderstanding something?

  • 136. cindy  |  August 11th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    to Ann (August 10, 2007, 11:57 pm): comment #49 has instructions. basically, the hemmed portion would be opened up and sewn to the same diameter as the pant leg. (my mom took her jeans to a seamstress, and that’s the same technique she used.)

  • 137. Nancylea D  |  August 13th, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I’m sorry. I still don’t get it. Especially no. 4. You said to sew the furthest away from the hem on step 3, and don’t go thru 2 pieces—my mind must be like jello, but I can’t figure it out. Sorry. Would like to know.

  • 138. Brianne  |  August 19th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    THANK YOU!!! I bought some chip and pepper jeans about a month ago….needed to get them hemed just havent had time, of course I had time today (sunday) and no one is open, so thought I would just see how hard it was to do it myself. Anyways long story short they look AMAZING!!! I couldnt use my sewing machine so did it by hand so took about an hour but I am so thankfull for your USEFUL and helpful tips. Again thank you!!!

  • 139. Y  |  August 25th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Thank You sO much for this blog, i just finished hand-hemming my first pair of jeans, and it took me less then an hour. And im sOooo Excited. And may i Also add it was my 2nd time stitching in my entire life, first was sOme embroidery that i never finished. I cant believe it!!….Thankx Again…

  • 140. Y (cont.)  |  August 25th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I also wanted to add, it saved me more then $10.00 and they loook AMAZING!! u cant tell it was hemmed, and i also used a regular needle…that i found in the house, no special one. MUST TRY this, if u need to hem any Pair of jeans…

  • 141. Y  |  August 25th, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    I have an idea, i havent yet tried yet…..its to use the double side adhesive hemming tape on the fold inside of the jeans, so that wen u put them on….ur toes dont get caught in the fold.
    Let me know if anyone tried that, i will try it soon to see how it works…

  • 142. Lori  |  August 27th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you, Dacia! All this time, I’ve been struggling to make my new hem look something like the original jean hem. Folding it up and using the original hem never even occurred to me! My 12 year old daughter just bought her first pair of nice jeans yesterday, and I was able to hem them perfectly using your technique. Now I’m going through my closet and hemming a few of my own.

  • 143. sew wot  |  August 27th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    i am tailor in uk and do original bottom jeans for a living but a lot different than yours

  • 144. amy  |  August 28th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Thank you sooooo much!!! I run about a size 10-13 depending on the maker, and I am 5’2″. Not skinny, but plus sizes are too big. These makers, however, assume that I am at least 5’6″ or taller and my hems have never looked right regardless of how many seamstresses I have tried. Thanks again!!!

  • 145. bebei  |  August 31st, 2007 at 2:00 am

    anybody who try this method without using a sewing machine?

  • 146. MelissaInMD  |  August 31st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    OMG! This is the discovery of a lifetime. I found a great pair of $130 designer jeans at a discount store for $24.00. I couldn’t pass up the great deal even if they were 3″ too long. I’m so glad I came across this website — now I don’t have to wear my jeans with 3″ heels! They look great! Thank you :-)

  • 147. Christa  |  August 31st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you for these great directions. My poor daughter, age 6, is a little thicker around her waist than tall, so now she can where real pants and not strech leggings anymore. Thanks for making back to school fashion easier to achieve in our house.

  • 148. heidi  |  September 1st, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks! I’m totally posting a link to this on my blog on Monday: You’re the best!

  • 149. molly  |  September 3rd, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Awesome!!! Thanks! My little girl’s jeans are 4 inches shorter and look perfect!

  • 150. Leanne  |  September 4th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    This WORKS! If I can do it, then you can too. I am one of those girls from jr. high school who almost flunked homemaking because of my lack of sewing skills. It took me about an hour to complete the hem, but well worth it. Thanks for the instructions.

  • 151. bebei  |  September 4th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    i need an answer.anybody who try this method without using a sewing machine?

  • 152. littlebitofoliveoiil  |  September 10th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    You are like a goddess to me! I found your tutorial on Saturday and have hemmed almost 10 pair of jeans/pants in 2 days!!! Thank you for being so clever AND sharing. I’ve added you as a link on my blog.

  • 153. Rachel  |  September 11th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    I have to make an eurohem this afternoon, had got the instruction on an other sight but couldn’t figure it out, i need picture, these information with pictures are great i will try it. Thank you

  • 154. Maureen  |  September 12th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I had 6 pairs of jeans to hem. The first 3 pairs I cut the hems of then cut the jeans off and then sewed the hems back on. I was thinking there has to be an easier way than this and decided to go online to find an easier way. My daughter was talking about this “new” way to hem jeans using the original hem. The second site I looked at was yours and you made it sound so easy. Had to go back to my sewing room right away and try it. It looks wonderful. Same look that I already had but so much easier. Wish I had looked before I started. Could have had them all done by now. Thanks so much for making my life easier for now and in the future. I am 5 ft tall and hard to find jeans the right length.

  • 155. Kari  |  September 13th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am 5 foot tall and find that sometimes petite sizes are too tall for me and I have to cuff them. What a relief to find your tutorial and be able to have great fitting jeans with out paying $15+ to have them hemmed!

  • 156. Karen  |  September 15th, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    I just hemmed 3 pairs of my husbands jeans this morning.
    All turned out great! After washing, the seams layed down
    very nicely. I also hemmed a pair of my Silver Jeans (after
    practicing on my husbands first) and love the way they look.
    I will be able to buy jeans that fit best in the waist now instead
    of the length.
    Thanks so much, Karen

  • 157. Kate  |  September 16th, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the fantastic advice! Being a shortie my pants are almost always too long, but I hate the look of altered hemlines on jeans, so I always avoided doing anything about them, and was instead stuck with the slouchy-legged look. This is the perfect alternative, and so simple I can’t believe the idea never occured to me before.
    I was a little worried that it would appear noticeable that there was fabric folded up inside, however I just hemmed up 2 pairs of jeans by hand-as a total sewing ameteur-and they look great (well I think so at least…!) Thankyou!

  • 158. maya  |  September 19th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    thank you! (:

  • 159. Eddy  |  September 21st, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Not only was this the first pair of jeans I tried, but also the first time I ever used a sewing machine without someone helping me! This was sooooo easy to read and follow. Thanks so much. I am so excited to wear jeans that don’t have frayed edges! I will wear them tonight, actually! :)

  • 160. Cecilia  |  September 23rd, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    I had a pair of jeans hemmed and they cut the original hem off and somehow re-atched it and it looks original without the excess fabric. I wonder how they did that???? any idea?

  • 161. Anonymous  |  September 27th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    will this method work on Bootcut jeans? Anyways it is a great tut.

  • 162. Rebekah  |  September 28th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I just did this. It took less than 30 minutes and they look great. You can’t even tell they’re hemmed. Thanks!

  • 163. Alexander  |  September 28th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Hey! Great simplification and trick. I found that I had a great success with this hem (my Wrangler Dungarees for riding my horse were particularly thick!!!)…by using a leather/denim needle and the thread by the same name. My mom told me to roll the machine by the whell (by hand) where the double seems meet. I added something though: I used my special foot (Singer) for cords and zippers. A breeze! Happy sewing!

  • 164. dayna Bischof  |  September 29th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Wow! This is great. I was curious as to how to do this perfectly. Now I know! Thank you.

  • 165. Lesley  |  October 1st, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Dacia!!! You are my savior…well, in the jean hemming category anyway! This is a FABULOUSLY easy way to hem, without making my cute jeans look “bobo”, as I like to call things that look botched.

    You are WAY cool!


  • 166. Leigh  |  October 2nd, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Superb instructions – really top notch. Thanks for posting this.

  • 167. Saundra Lee  |  October 3rd, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    This is GREAT! I have been sewing for decades and hemming jeans the hard way. This will save so much time, and allows a re-do if the jeans shrink more after the initial washing, as they sometimes do.

    Many Thanks!

  • 168. Maureen  |  October 4th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Hi I tried hand stitching because I do not have a sewing machine, but it doesnt seem to be tight enough or look as nice as the pictures. I am a novice at sewing. Could you put a link up on how to do a hand stitch that will work with this style of hemming? Thanks!

  • 169. nicole  |  October 6th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    hey i think i am going to try this myself. i am not much of a sewer so i am nervous! i have one silly question do i use the same color thread as the original hem? thanks!

  • 170. Dave  |  October 8th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I’m wearing my friends jeans and so didn’t want to ruin them. This is an awesome non destructive way of hemming. Although I’ve no sewing machine and I’m lazy so I used wonderweb and its worked a treat!

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  • 172. Carolyn  |  October 8th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    What tension and stitch length do I need to use when hemming jeans?

  • 173. Kerry  |  October 10th, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Thanx so much. I’m new at the sewing game. Bought the machine at a yard sale, and my wife doesn’t sew, so I figured I’d try. Great tip

  • 174. Dee  |  October 11th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Do you have any tips on alternating flare jeans to straight leg jeans?

  • 175. Rebecca  |  October 14th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I was just wondering why once we hemmed the pants there was still a fold in the pants so you could see where they were hymned. Also the first time that I washed them some of the hem came out is there a fix for this?

  • 176. Fayellen  |  October 19th, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    WOW! A friend just asked me to hem her son’s blue jeans. I almost passed on the requested. Looking forward to giving this a try!! Great details in your instructions. THANKS!

  • 177. Melissa  |  October 20th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    This is brilliant !! Wow
    So glad I found this before cutting off my jeans..

    Thank you !!

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  • 181. Sir Confused  |  October 24th, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t get it ?

  • 182. Desiree  |  October 25th, 2007 at 8:57 am

    After hemming the fold lays somewhat heavy, and gets in the way what can you do with the fold to make it feel as natural as possible?

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  • 184. Linda Sayasane  |  November 1st, 2007 at 4:47 pm


    My jeans was already cut.. I’m trying to reattach it.. I still don’t understand how to do it.. Could you please help out?? Thanks!!
    I desperately need you help!


  • 185. SrK  |  November 2nd, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Thank You…this is a life saver. I have spent so much time looking for the perfect length pants….then haveing them tailored cost sooo much additional. This works like a charm. They look perfect!

  • 186. Deborah  |  November 3rd, 2007 at 3:53 am

    I don’t know why I never thought to do this. What a great idea! Thanks so much for your posting. :))

  • 187. dilly  |  November 3rd, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    I just tried this and it worked great!! BUT I forgot to prewash my jeans, so I hope they don’t shrink so much that the hem is too short :( I was so excited I jumped the gun!! But thanks for the great instructions!!

  • 188. Elsa Corsi  |  November 5th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Hello Dacia! I’m getting ready to try your instructions on hemming jeans, very nice info and pics by the way. Could you please tell me on what to do with the excess fabric inside? Maybe cut that off and serge the edges so they don’t fray as much?

    You are one talented young lady, I looked all over your site, love your work and why isn’t there any items for sale?

    Do you digitize? for machine embroidery? I bet you would be so good at this, this is what I do and I specilize with logo’s. You should give it a try, I could see your artwork embroidery or screenprinted on t-shirts or denim jacket backs, keep up the good work, put a copywrite on your art or someone will grab it!!!

    I better get off of here, my one daughter in CA,asked if I could hem her expensive jeans leaving the orginial hemline. Thanks for sharing your expertise Darcia! Elsa in Michigan

    Bet u know what Pazzo is!!! LOL

  • 189. Elsa Corsi  |  November 5th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Well that took a whole 5 minutes, worked wonderfully! I’m thinking of using some monofiliment thread to sew the excess fabric in place or maybe just tack it down in a few places like the sides, then it would stay up. Mine did have a rather wide bottom, so I just made a fold and sewed away, can’t even notice it. Thank you so much for your tute on hemming. I will use this from now on, and once my daughter learns I did this, she will have a stash of jeans for me to hem on the next visit! Elsa

  • 190. Michelle  |  November 5th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    What do you do if the jeans have already been cut off and you don’t have the pieces? I am trying to put a hem in that doesn’t look so homemade. Had a lady hem them and am not satisified. Still too long.

  • 191. Stefanie  |  November 6th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    This is amazing! I finally bought myself a sewing machine today and have several pairs of pants to fix and hem and I thought I should search how to hem before I actually tried it. Then I found this and couldn’t wait to get to the store! Bought a decent priced and very nice machine at target, got it started less than 10 minutes after getting it out of the box, and already fixed one pair of pants. Then I decided to use your method to hem a pair of pants… AMAZING. They look professionally done! I can’t wait to use it on all of my other pants that are way too long! thank you so much!

  • 192. Anonymous  |  November 6th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Use some sandpaper around the

  • 193. Elsa  |  November 6th, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Sorry, use some sandpaper around the bottom of your hemmed jeans Michelle. It will give it a faded look, but not too hard, it could split some threads on your jeans.

  • 194. Erika  |  November 9th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Great method. Thank you so much for your instructions!

  • 195. sweetasianpear  |  November 15th, 2007 at 1:26 am

    I wished I found this before I took in countless number of jeans to be hemmed. But my tailor does a beautiful job and no complaints, he only charged me $8 instead of the $17.50 one girl was charged. Still, that is a lot of money I could have saved. I will try this on my next pair-maybe not my nice ones….but practice makes perfect.

  • 196. Dickie Langworthy  |  November 18th, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Hi Dacia, I just discovered your blog while looking for an easy way to hem jeans. I loved your technique and was done in 15 minutes! Also enjoyed learning about you and your passions. I was really inspired by your creations as well and will definitely be checking back for more great ideas.

    Since you are a movie buff, have you ever seen the Wim Wenders movie, Wings of Desire? It’s in my top five! Along with Auntie Mame (the Rosalind Russell version.) I love movies, too, and since I’ve had my son, I only get to see kid’s movies – Bummer! Hope to renew my Netflix account soon.

    Good luck with your endeavors, Dacia!

  • 197. Olivia  |  November 24th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Why is this technique better than cutting the original hem and making a new hem?

    Not sure how this technique says you money either. If you have to iron your jeans every time they come out of the wash so that the extra material inside the cuff from the hem does not fly out your wasting time and energy. Not very practical.

    Using a zipper foot on the sewing machine was also not very useful when sewing over the vertical seam. I had to pick up the foot and finish sewing the seam by hand. Ugh.

  • 198. Sally  |  November 25th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Life saving directions! So clear and especially easy to follow. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • 199. dawn  |  November 29th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    I know this tutorial was posted quite some time ago but I used it this evening and it worked perfect!!!! I completely disagree with comment 197…this totally works! Thanks for the great directions and detailed photos!

  • 200. Ruben&hellip  |  November 30th, 2007 at 5:06 pm


    Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource.

  • 201. MIKE  |  December 5th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Hi, you seem to be an expert and I am hoping you can help me out with a problem. I had brought a pair of jeans to be hemmed with the original hem (unfortunately before I saw this website) and they threw the original hem away and did a bad job. How do I create the rivits in the hem ( the bumpy consitstancy) sounds confusing?

  • 202. Emily  |  December 9th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks so much for your instructions! Easy to follow and easy to do! I usually pay a tailor to do a euro hem on my jeans (I’m only 5’2) but now I can do it myself!

  • 203. Tinuviel  |  December 10th, 2007 at 3:11 am

    I found this blog from google while searching ’28 inches inseam’. With your picture, I have success …! It’s just easy and brilliant, and solve all my trouble about long jeans. Thank you so much.

  • 204. Julie  |  December 11th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    That was AWESOME. After spending too much on jeans that are way too long (and I’m 5′ 8″) and doing numerous unimpressive hem jobs, I did this in about 15 minutes including time to iron and interruption from two phone calls from the boyfriend. It was SO easy. Had no problems sewing over seams as I just hand cranked over the hump and then cruised around the rest. I’m going to put some “wonder under” underneath the strip of fabric that is underneath so it doesn’t flip under in the wash. They look great. I’m always too impatient to leave the jeans at Nordstrom to be hemmed there. I have a feeling this is going to hurt my wallet a bit…I’ll be much more inclined to splurge when I know I can have them ready and be out the door in 15 minutes flate. Thanks!!

  • 205. Kimberly O.  |  December 13th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I’ve never had a problem with jeans being too long until the last pair. I’ve got everything that I need to do this – except for directions. (Sewing machine, matching gold thread, needles for denim, etc.) Now I’m set. Thanks so much!

  • 206. Katie  |  December 13th, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Worked GREAT!! pants are always too long for me…like 4 inches!! This is in my favorites! Thanks….you explained very well…also great pics.

  • 207. Can someone direct me....&hellip  |  December 17th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    [...] » How to Hem Jeans Best guide I have seen so far and this is the one I used myself [...]

  • 208. Dawn  |  December 26th, 2007 at 11:15 am

    This is freaking awesome!!! I have been paying someone to hem my jeans for years now at least $10 a pair. Now that I know how to do it myself, I don’t have to worry about the cost of my jeans plus the cost of the tailoring. I did a test to see if I could tell which one was hemmed and I picked the leg I hadn’t hemmed yet as the one that was hemmed! You really can’t tell! This has changed my life!

  • 209. Christina  |  December 26th, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for the help! i just hemmed 3 pairs of jeans ranging from boot cut to wide leg flared. your easy to follow instructions worked beautifully =)

  • 210. Jacque  |  December 29th, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you so much!! I paid to have this done a couple of times and your instructions w/ pics are priceless! My 5’3″ sister will love this!!!

  • 211. vicki  |  December 29th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Who would have thought. So easy. Thanks. I’ll be sure to pass it on.

  • 212. Angie  |  January 1st, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Ah! I did my teen son’s jeans and he can’t tell when they’re on! I cut the excess material off and applied a bit of “Stop
    Fray”. They’re holding up great. Thanks!

  • 213. Yolanda  |  January 4th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    This is a tip for hemming a large amount off of flared jeans.
    Cut 1/2 inch above the hem and open the seam on the inside of the leg of the bottom part. Next decide how much will be hemmed and pin the two part together as you would do normally. You should have extra fabric.
    Sew the hem on until you get to the open seam on the inside of the bottom hem. Sew the inside seam of bottom part of the jeans so that it now fits exactly to the rest of the jeans.

  • 214. Allison  |  January 5th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Wow, so helpful! My jeans look great. Thanks for sharing, keep up the great work! :)

  • 215. Vicki T  |  January 6th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    OMG!!! You have no idea how much time you have saved me. Being only 5’1″, I have to hem every pair of jeans or pants I buy. This is a godsend….THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this !!

  • 216. DP  |  January 9th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Hi! I wish i would have searched how to hem jeans before i hacked my brand new pair and ruined them :( what’s worse, the jeans were $200!!! I am still kicking myself for ruining them!! My daughter is 7 and all of her new size 7 jeans are too long for her so tonight i am going to do what you have demonstrated here. Thank you so much, all of my daughters’ jeans are from GAP kids and I think they are a little pricey so i wouldn’t want to ruin them by doing what i did to mine, she has about 10 new pairs so i will be busy tonight! Again, i REALLY appreciate your help, i am so glad there are people like you out there!!!

  • 217. Emily  |  January 10th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    A department store here is going out of business and I got an amazing deal on jeans. Problem was, I couldn’t find any short sizes. So I got the mediums hoping they would work. They were 4 inches too long!! I thought I could try and fix them, so I typed in “hemming jeans” in google and found your site. My husband couldn’t even tell the difference between the one I hemmed and the other pair. My needle on my sewing machine kept breaking when I went over the sides, so I hand stitched the sides then used my machine on the front and back parts. That actually helped me line them up perfectly. I have spent decades trying to find jeans, now I can get the size without worrying about the length. I can’t thank you enough!!!!

  • 218. Nicole  |  January 11th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    The only thing that confused me was one of the last steps where it said to turn the pant leg the right way – sounded as if you had it turned inside out to begin with and that was never shown or described did I just mis-interpret this? I haven’t tried it yet but i just bought some denim needles for my sewing machine as my grandma is tired of hemming up my jeans! Thought I would try it myself and found your sight looking for help!

  • 219. Caitlin  |  January 12th, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Dear Dacia,

    I came to your page to make sure I knew what I was doing with tricky hems for jeans, but saw the other how-tos, too. Your website is so cute!

  • 220. Margaret Hutson  |  January 12th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    This was GREAT information! I am not very good at sewing and function using skills I learned in Jr. High! I did it! It looks great! The directions were so easy to understand! Thanks….

  • 221. Leanne  |  January 17th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you! Love this tutorial – so easy to follow and now my jeans fit properly!!

  • 222. Amy from Alabama  |  January 20th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t say thank you enough! You have made my life easier. Now, I can buy those long jeans that fit perfect everywhere except the length. (I’m 5’3″) You just made shopping fun again!

    p.s. luvs the website

  • 223. caryn  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    THANKS!!! awesome instructions, I love you for posting this!

  • 224. Mike  |  January 24th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for a GREAT site!!!!

  • 225. Mindy  |  January 25th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    You will probably receive thanks for this tutorial for years to come. I’m adding mine. Thank you.

  • 226. Levi seitz  |  January 30th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Thanks for the tips!

  • 227. Alli  |  February 1st, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this!! I was just getting ready to take my jeans to the tailor and fork over $35/pair! If you’re ever in the Baltimore area, I owe you a drink!! :)

  • 228. Joan  |  February 3rd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks Darci!

    I do have a question: How do I account for a 2 inch hem in my calculations – I spent a few hours trying to acct for the extra length of the hem. Pls help.

  • 229. Donna  |  February 7th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I hemmed my pants according to the instructions, turned out pretty good. Thanks for the low-down on this type of hemming! I guess there’s no way to get away from seeing the ridge…I did’nt use the zipper foot so I probably did’nt get close enough to the original hem. I am VERY new to sewing, so sewing straight is a challenge for me!!! Thanks again!

  • 230. sue  |  February 8th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    OHMYGOSH!! i lOvE this HEM!!
    ive struggled, and wasted time and put off more than once hemming of jeans and the like b/c of the unprofessional look i achieve. THANKYOU! i love it. PERFECT!!

  • 231. Shannon  |  February 9th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Dacia, Thank you!! I just finished one pair of jeans and I am amazed with the results!! I am 5’4 and I have been hemming my pants since I was 15. My mom (5’2) taught me how to sew, but she didn’t know about this brillant trick!! It breaks my heart to think of all the pants I have with shameful hems, but it thrills me to no end to think of all the pants to come…

  • 232. Rachel  |  February 10th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Great link!! Thanks so much!

  • 233. Kris  |  February 10th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I have found a fantastic way to hem jeans, very similar to the method above, yet prevents the cuff from “flipping up” when you wash them (meaning the jean cuff needs to be pressed down every time.) Follow the technique above, either using a zipper foot, or a blind hem foot which will allow the needle to get as close to the original stitch line as possible. When the new seam has been sewn, the excess trimmed, and the new seam allowance pressed “up”, make two rows of stitching in a thread color very similar to the denim: once “in the ditch, from the new stitch crease, and a second line of stitching just above the fold where the cuff is sewn to the jeans leg. This will eliminate the annoying “cuff flip” when washing, and will position and stabilize the new cuff.

  • 234. Mindy  |  February 10th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you to you too, Kris.

  • 235. Free tutorial - How to He&hellip  |  February 12th, 2008 at 12:02 am

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  • 236. Jen  |  February 12th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I am not a sewing type of gal and I managed this task on my own with needle and thread since I don’t own a sewing machine and don’t even know how to use one. If I master this, anyone can.

    Thanks for the tip! Now I am done paying $15 to $20 for alterations, especially when I pay too much for my jeans. :)

  • 237. Tyler  |  February 14th, 2008 at 11:15 pm


  • 238. Alisha  |  February 15th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    BLESS YOU!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this online! My husband has so much trouble finding his length pant and he will be blessed over and over again with this new knowledge that you have given me. I just did a hemmed a pair of his jeans. I enjoyed doing it, it took no time at all, and it looks fantastic! Nobody will know the difference. I love you. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

  • 239. andrea  |  February 25th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    i tried this technique — it’s very helpful but i had a problem when the footer reached the thick part of the jeans (by the inside). i’m new to sewing (in fact this is my first try). is there a trick to sewing over the thick part — like a new footer or something? thanks.

  • 240. Lori  |  February 26th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Please tell me how I can completely get rid of the excess material inside my jeans and eliminate the fraying and the need for ironing after washing! I tried the non-fraying material and it didn’t do much. When I have had my jeans done by a professional I couldn’t even tell by examining them thoroughly how they did it. There was no excess material or even a hem line I could see. Do you think they cut off the orinal hem and reattached it, somehow hiding the hem?????

  • 241. Angie  |  February 26th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I’m so excited to try this on a pair of jeans that have been sitting in my closet for a few months! I was also wondering if you know how to take in the waist of jeans without altering the hip size and not making it pleat or pucker. There isn’t a seam in the band of the jeans. Do I just cut the sides and make one?


  • 242. I just bought a sewing ma&hellip  |  February 27th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    [...] Originally Posted by wingwing i bought a sewing machine a year ago… if you’re trying to hem your own jeans and do the 1/4 inch hem…make sure you iron them at the folds really well….I’ve had a few pairs that weren’t willing to stay in one place properly…so i used some double sided tape inside the hem…ironed, and started sewing. Its MUCH easier to just to the sandwich method and you keep the original hems…. Here is a guide… » How to Hem Jeans You can buy a cheap sewing machine at Walmart for $80. I’ve done that and they last me atleast a few years of regular use…I sew blankets, and stuff too…. If you are sewing thick jeans try to buy a denim or jean needle, they are thicker and hold up better __________________ I like to crystalize EVERYTHING…. I’m on a ban until my CC is paid off [...]

  • 243. J  |  March 2nd, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Do you sew on the thicker part of the original hem or right next to it?

  • 244. Alternatives to hemming j&hellip  |  March 2nd, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    [...] Originally Posted by geebs just do the fold method. fold jeans inside with hem poking out at the end and sew with matching thread. tack in inside so that it doesn’t flip out. let out when you want to sell. » How to Hem Jeans is that what you are talking about? sorry for all the trouble, im pretty new to all this.. [...]

  • 245. naz  |  March 5th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    thanks for the info. i just goggled “hemming jeans” and came across your website. i love it and i love that your a vegetarian and have some good looking recipes!! (can’t wait to try butternut squash enchiladas)

    ok, heres my question…will this technique work on any type of pant? I just bought a pair of cotton pants that i need to hem, will this work for them??


  • 246. Katrina  |  March 7th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much!!! This took me maybe 10 minutes and I am not a good seamstress at all (nor am I a supermodel, which explains why I have 5 pair of jeans to hem!) I wish my mom had had these directions to follow when I was growing up.

  • 247. Laura  |  March 8th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I googled “how to hem” and this was the first site on the list. pretty amazing!

  • 248. Kristin Gates  |  March 12th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! This was too easy! I cannot believe how great my jeans turned out; I feel like a whole new world outside of the petites department has been opened up to me!

  • 249. Megan  |  March 13th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    This was really easy. Instructions were crystal clear, and the results were very nice. Thanks!

  • 250. Dondra  |  March 23rd, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Just want to say thank you for showing me how to do this hem. I just paid $17.00 to have this done and I could have did it myself. Thanks again. :)

  • 251. olga  |  March 24th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Before you stitch the hem try pounding the thick seams flat with a mallot or a hammer. Another tool that works is to use a pair of pliers to squeeze the thick seams flatter to make easier for the needle to go over. Do this on the inside of the jean so you don’t leave a mark or cover with a piece of fabric before using the pliers. A jean needle really helps and as mentioned before go slow or hand crank over the heavy seam.

  • 252. hem help - Designer Jeans&hellip  |  March 24th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    [...] Some tailors call the hem with original a "euro hem." Mine call it a "tricky hem." This is a really good tutorial on how to hem jeans with originals: » How to Hem Jeans Even if you can’t do it yourself, you can use it to show the tailor how you want the jeans to look in the end. [...]

  • 253. Grace K.  |  March 24th, 2008 at 11:39 pm


    I just finished hemming my jeans using the technique here, and I have to say, they work absolutely great! Thanks so much for putting this up! I was initially planning just to go to a tailor, but thanks to you, I’m gonna be saving a whole bunch of money! Thanks again!

  • 254. Smarti1979  |  March 30th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    WOW, what a cool trick! I am going to show it to my sewing buddies. Thanks for the pictures. I really did not understand the instructions at first then it was an “aaaaahhh” moment. Thanks for the tip.

  • 255. Harvinder  |  March 31st, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    OMG this is so cool..I didn’t try this but I found this site and showed to my sister. she is the one who does all the sewing stuff and she tried worked…can u blieve i bought 5-6 pairs of pants so i could enjoy this original hem and threw away all my old pair of jeans…THAnk you so much!!!

  • 256. maggie  |  April 5th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    does this work for skinny jeans?

  • 257. archana  |  April 9th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I have a pair of jeans I want to hem- they are called Citizens of Humanity Garbo Palazzo Jeans. It is the first time I have ever spent more than 20-30 bucks on a pair of jeans!

    Will this original hem work on the flared bottoms? Here is a pic:

  • 258. archana  |  April 9th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    my href tag didn’t work, so here is the long link:

  • 259. Feigning Happiness «&hellip  |  April 10th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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  • 260. Marilyn  |  April 14th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    What is the easiest way to hem a denim shirt so that one has a straight hem when done?

  • 261. dan  |  April 16th, 2008 at 2:55 am

    nice read!

  • 262. Holly  |  April 20th, 2008 at 6:13 am

    I am a fashion design major who owns copious amounts of denim. Unfortunately, with a 31.5″ inseam, many of my pants were/are too long. Up until now, I have just resorted to cuffing because I was too daunted by the task of cutting and sewing expensive denim. I worried about possibly messing up, plus it being frustrating and time-consuming. While I had heard “rumors” about European hems, I had never actually seen it done by anyone. I am glad I ran a search and found this. I am four pairs down, six to go! So far, I have kept the inside fabric on two, but on two I ended up trimming because of the bulk. Both ways look great! Thanks so much.

  • 263. Allison  |  April 24th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you! I just did this and can’t believe I have walked around for 34 years with my heels ripping a hole into the bottoms of my jeans.
    It was so quick and easy!
    Thank you again!

  • 264. Colleen  |  May 4th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Obviously, I’m pretty dumb because I just tried it but I didn’t get the stitching showing on the right side of the jean so it looks like the original hem. UGH!! What did I do wrong??


  • 265. Kati  |  May 8th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial, and the excellent photos. My husband now thinks I’m a genius! Who knew it was so simple? Now, if only the shading and distressing at the thigh and knee on super long jeans could be shortened, too…

  • 266. Tracy  |  May 23rd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t see the instructions, what am I missing?

  • 267. Hayley  |  May 24th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I can’t find the instructions either. But from all the comments above, I sure don’t want to be missing something this good.

  • 268. Jennifer  |  May 24th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    is it possible for you to post the actual instructions again. i put you as my favorites when i first found your webite for hemming jeans and thought it was great. i am now attempting it but the page doesn’t have the instructions any more just the comments. thanks.

  • 269. Hayley  |  May 27th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    these are indeed very helpful (:
    thanks again!

  • 270. Judy L'Abbe  |  May 27th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the name to what I’ve done before, and solved a “language barrier”
    Very helpful. Thanks again.

  • 271. Sher Bear  |  May 27th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Oh my God… this is so simple, yet so smart. Excellent instructions and illustrations.

    Many thanks!!!

  • 272. Tracy  |  June 1st, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for fixing the page! Very helpful tips!

  • 273. heather  |  June 8th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I love this tutorial. I can barely operate my sewing machine, but I managed to do this. No more extra 3 inches on my pants!

  • 274. kathie  |  June 10th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you so much! Your instructions were very clear and the pictures were very helpful. This is the first time I’ve hemmed pants this way. They look great!

  • 275. misochang&hellip  |  June 19th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    [...] sister’s boyfriend, luke-ass introduced us to a newer concept of keeping the original hem on the pant when getting them hemmed. i was now paying $7 to get a regular pair of pants hemmed ($5 [...]

  • 276. Nosaby  |  June 21st, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks so much. I am just learning to sew, but had no problems with this.

  • 277. Yvonne Seville  |  June 26th, 2008 at 4:39 pm


    I just wanted to find out what the process is called when you re-hem the original jean hem on to the jeans? It’s called re…….something, but not re-hem. I’ve heard the term used before by a seamstress and cannot remember now. Any idea what the term is so that I can tell my tailor?

    Thanks for a thorough description of the process.


  • 278. Alisa  |  July 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    This is genius, thanks!

  • 279. Tanya  |  August 6th, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Fantastic!! I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. I can barely notice any altering has been done, and I still have my original hem. :o) I’m a novice when it comes to sewing, and I found this method very easy to follow and achieve! Thanks so much.

  • 280. Keah  |  August 7th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Thank you so much. Super easy. Was nervous that I would ruin an expensive pair of jeans but came out great. Thanks again!!

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  • 282. Amanda  |  August 7th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks so much. Now I don’t have to spend so much time looking for “short” jeans!

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  • 284. Meeka  |  August 14th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    THANKS!!!!! This really helped me out :D

  • 285. Mike  |  August 19th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a 21 year old guy who has never sewn before and I’m about to try this on my jeans, using just thread, pins, and a needle – no sewing machine. Wish me luck.

  • 286. Michelle  |  August 24th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    This was great! I can’t sew, but i found this extremely easy and all my friends couldn’t tell at all. In addition to the steps listed above, I did one extra at the end. I took the extra material that had been ironed up and used some stitch witchery to adhere it to the inside of the jean leg. this will help keep it from falling down. Also, the stitch witchery is only adhering to the inside portion, so if you want to take the hem down at some point you wouldn’t see it.

  • 287. Marisa ibrahim  |  August 24th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Holy crap, I’ve been sewing for years and always dreaded hemming jeans cause they got so screwed up after, you are a GENIUS!

  • 288. Maryclaire  |  September 5th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Thank you so much for this. I just bought a whole bunch of back to school jeans for my daughter–this is marvelous. I want to hem my whole family’s jeans!

  • 289. Danni  |  September 7th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    This worked beautifully!!! I was just talking with my cousin about tips on hemming jeans, as the last pair I did, is just the denim folded under, leaving it looking silly.. So I was so excited when I found this little tip on hems!! Thank you so much for your research and help! The pics were great and very informative! I will use this trick from now on, and being kind of on the short side, I will use it a LOT!!

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  • 291. Liz  |  September 8th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    These instructions are awesome and easy to follow (which is more than I can say for a lot of tutorials)! I wish I’d found them before I whacked off the hem from a pair of jeans I needed to shorten.

  • 292. alice  |  September 9th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for this tip. It’s wonderful for those of us who aren’t all legs. I had one question though: will I have to iron my jeans each time I wash them? I’m afraid the folded part might come out or the ironed part might bulge a bit.

  • 293. john  |  September 10th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Do you think you could hem acouple of jeans for me if I mailed them to you?

  • 294. Debi Davis  |  September 11th, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Thank you so much! My daughter is not blessed with long lean jeans, but doesn’t want me to hem the dragging, too long jeans for fear that she will lose the fray, now I can get busy and get hemming without losing the style that she pays so muvh for! Thank you! Thank you!

  • 295. Samantha P.  |  September 11th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I do alot of hemming for my friends and ppl who come in to my work. A girl bought some true religion jeans and asked if I could hem them. The only problem was that they had that huge stitching on the bottom, that had over 5 threads per stitch. I told her I would try my best thinking I would have to sew a regular stitch and then go back by hand and do the other stitcheswith a huge needle!!! I found this and tried it last night. I was so relieved to see that it worked and I didnt have to go through all the other hassle. this is by far the quickest and easiest way to hem jeans!

    thanks so much


  • 296. bibi  |  September 12th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I’m going to post this to my blog — I come back to it again and again every time i need to hem jeans (which is every time i buy a pair — although i’m not short – 5’6″, i always have to hem 4 inches off)… THANKS!

  • 297. chelsea  |  September 12th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Just got done doing my son’s pants. Wonderful!! Came out perfect. Thank you.

  • 298. Riotflower  |  September 15th, 2008 at 6:32 am

    It seems you’ve already received a ton of comments, but thanks for a great tutorial! I’m looking forward to trying it next time there’s a need!

  • 299. Rachel  |  September 17th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Try using the “jeanamajig” for sewing over thick side seams. It’s a chunk of plastic that you stick under your presser foot, and tricks it into thinking it’s up high. Works like a charm. :)

  • 300. Shirley Tarboton  |  September 17th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much … very grateful for your site. Found it just in time!!!

  • 301. jenn  |  September 22nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    great instructions for hemming jeans! thank you so much!

  • 302. Ang  |  September 24th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this information! My 2nd daughter is quite short for her age, and I’ve struggled finding jeans to fit her. I purchased some jeans for her and thought I’d have to pay for them to be tailored. I decided to google it “hemming jeans” and right after reading this, I grabbed the jeans I had purchased that were too long, and within minutes (and for no extra charge!) her jeans fit perfectly! Thank you so much!

  • 303. Anne  |  September 27th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    This site is awesome! I’m brand new to sewing, but I have two pairs of really cool jeans that I found on sale and couldn’t wear since I’m short. I can wear them now! Thanks!!!

  • 304. cheryl  |  October 2nd, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I googled ‘how to hem jeans’ and found this method – which I never heard of before. I’m 42 and 5’2″ so I’ve been hemming a long time. I also am wary of buying “short” jeans, since it seems they fit fine and then shrink to be too short. Today I did 2 pairs using this method and it worked great. I was concerned that you’d see the crease from fold, but you really don’t notice it at all and it looks great. My only advice is to wash your jeans first and don’t cut the excess until you’re sure they won’t shrink anymore.

  • 305. Sarah  |  October 4th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Absolutely fabulous- did it in about an hour. Me! Someone with very little sewing experience. Called my mom (an experienced seamstress) all excited that I had hemmed my first pair of pants, and she thought the instructions and photos were so good she bookmarked it. Thank you for taking the time to help all the rest of us with clear instructions and excellent photos.

  • 306. Jerry  |  October 7th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Pretty neat! Does this work on dress slacks too?

  • 307. maria c barney  |  October 8th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I have lowrise bell cords that are to long and want to hem. Does it work just as well on the cord material as it does on jean materal?

  • 308. Cynthia  |  October 12th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much! Your instructions were concise and easy to follow. I looked through many web tutorials for this technique, but your’s stood out above the rest. I hemmed my jeans in about an hour and they look great.

  • 309. jolene  |  October 12th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    thank you sooo much i am the magic height were regular jeans are too long and petites are too short but don’t want to lose the finished look. this is awesome.

  • 310. cella  |  October 14th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    success! the pictures helped a lot, your instructions were easy to follow, and the results look great. thank you so much!

  • 311. Shanna  |  October 16th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Dacia, I am a novice seamstress who has had a sewing machine for 3 years that has been used only once. My daughter has 5 pair of jeans that needed hemmed, so I Googled “how to hem jeans” and came across this amazing technique! The result of my first effort was amazing! I’m working on the 4th pair now. However, I am concerned that the waste that is folded up in the pants leg will need ironing after each wash. What can be done to eliminate that nuisance (other than cutting off the excess)? Also, I was able to sew over the vertical seams of the first 3 pair of jeans; however, on the 4th pair, my machine made a loud noise and became stuck. Fortunately, I was able to remove the fabric from under the foot, and everythng is working properly. What is the best way to sew over the thick seam without detriment to the machine?

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  • 313. Eileen  |  October 21st, 2008 at 12:08 am


    how do they do they original hem where they unstich the hem and sew the material into it for jeans that flare out?

    They do this when they re-attach the original hem at nordstroms.

  • 314. Brandi  |  October 21st, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I would like to make a suggestion. Before trying to sew over the side seams with your machine, use a hammer. I know it may sound crazy, but if you use the hammer on the INSIDE of the jean (on the seam), it will make your sewing process much easier. You can do this on both sides, but do not hit the seam more than a couple of times (YOU CAN make a hole in the material). Feel the difference (the material is not as bulky), from one leg to the other, or do this on jean scraps to get the hang of it. You will not break as many needles this way.

  • 315. cynthia  |  October 25th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for the great tip. Why didn’t I think of this? I have always been frustrated trying to hem my jeans, and searching for the perfect gold topstitching thread. My hint is this: I wanted some of my flare and bootleg jeans made into the new “skinny” style. Easy to do-just turn jeans inside out, use chalk to mark them. It is best if you can lay a pair of skinny jeans that you like the fit of on top of the jeans you want to take in. Mark with chalk, pin, and sew! I trim the excess with pinking shears, and zig zag stitch the seams to prevent fraying. Good luck!

  • 316. Stacey  |  October 30th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    This is great! I have a 5 year old daughter who is an odd size. Her jeans always fit around her waist but are way too long. Thanks for posting this.

  • 317. Shawn  |  October 30th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you so much! My pregnant neighbor came over to ask me if I could hem her jeans a day before her baby shower. Don’t want to mess those up! It worked wonderfully and the best part is that you can redo it if you mess up. Try them on before you cut off the excess! Thanks again. PS. I have NEVER hemmed a pair of jeans before. If I can do it, anyone can!

  • 318. emma  |  November 1st, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Amazing – so simple but effective! I’m only 5’2″ and have to take up nearly all trousers that I get and haven’t been able to work out a good way of hemming jeans keeping the stitched hem at the bottom look until now! I love the internet!

  • 319. Sandy  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    This works especially well for kids clothes. The pants that I buy for my daughter are the ones that are like maternity pants with the elastic and buttons. They fit around the waist for a few years but are always too long. With this method of hemming, when the length becomes too short, I just redo the hem. I get at least a couple of years out of her pants this way.



  • 320. kalai  |  November 7th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve never been more excited to hem jeans before… THANK YOU for the GREAT written & visual instructions, I just finished my first pair (for my 31″ inseam husband) in about 5 minutes! A+ and five gold stars for you! Mahalo – K

  • 321. Michelle  |  November 8th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    This website is AWESOME! I am short but the short size in pants is usually just a tad too short so I always have to deal with long jeans. I love the pictures and the detailed explanation! You have made it so easy and now i have the perfect jeans. Thanks so much!!!

  • 322. Charlotte  |  November 11th, 2008 at 7:52 am

    This is a great tutorial! I am new to sewing and I managed to do a good job of taking up my jeans using this method which took me about an hour. The result is great! I was also worried that the crease would show but it’s hardly noticable.


  • 323. laura  |  November 13th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    My first real hem job and my sewing machine and wowee – it looks great.

    Nearly two years after your original post and it is still very helpful.

  • 324. Becky  |  November 13th, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Like comment number 323, its been ages since your orginal post, but I just found it a few months ago. I actually used it on workout pants that had special sewing and slit at the bottom, but were four inches too long. Your method worked great without messing up the cute stuff that was already there.

    Thanks loads.

  • 325. Aidin  |  November 13th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Indeed, very great tutorial…
    I am just curious.. what is the difference between a 21 cm hem and a 19 cm hem? Because I am looking at some jeans and there are two types..

  • 326. Ally  |  November 18th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Thank you so much! Talk about easy! You have made m y day!

  • 327. Dawn  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    This is awesome, thank you for posting. I have hemmed many jeans this way.

    It worked brilliantly on a pair of jeans that was flared and cuffed, which are usually a hassle to hem.

    I picked out the darts holding the cuff in place. Ironed the hem out and followed all your other directions (sewing next to the original hem – the only difference is the ‘hem’ is more than two inches as opposed to the ususal 1/4 an inch). Afterwords I re-pressed the cuff according to the original lines and darted the cuffs on all the seams.

    This worked beautifully as the cuff hid the sew line and they looked perfect!!!

  • 328. connie  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    THANK YOU! What a great and easy way to hem

  • 329. rebecca  |  November 25th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Any idea how to hem jeans that you’ve already worn? Some of my jean have frayed bottoms from being too long, I guess I must step on them or they drag on the ground or something. Also, I don’t compleely understand the process. Would you be able to notice a difference between the pant leg and the original hem? I think a few more pictures of the steps from different angles would be helpful. Thanks so much.

  • 330. Emily  |  November 26th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for this great ‘how to’ !! Would you recommend this method for dress pants as well? Or is this a jean thing?


  • 331. Tess  |  November 27th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    THANKS!!! just the info I was looking for! You were the first site I found! Lucky me:)

  • 332. Donna Apperson  |  November 29th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    One of our visitors brought your site to my attention and I linked to it in the N.Y. hem definition. Thanks! (

  • 333. Mona Lisa  |  December 2nd, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    My daughter did this on her own because she got tired of waiting on me to hem her jeans, and I am glad she took the time to search the web…All five pair of her pants turned out Awesome….Now we need help with sewing darts in the waist line….Illustrations were wonderful….

  • 334. Tamara Champion  |  December 2nd, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the great tips! Exactly what I was looking for this evening. :)

  • 335. Anonymous  |  December 7th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    use this page every time i have to hem…awesome!

  • 336. Krystal  |  December 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Wow!! This is wonderful! My mom does my hemming and this will be great! I love to shop for jeans at a great price, but at 5’3 I always have to have the fashionable hem cut off. No more!

  • 337. Beth Prince  |  December 10th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    In the 42 years I have been wearing jeans, this is the single most useful information I have ever had! Just tried it and works so great, I am just thrilled! Thanks a million!

  • 338. Mandy  |  December 11th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Will it matter if the thread isn’t a perfect match to the original? Will you be able to see it? I bought as close as possible to the original.

  • 339. Jill  |  December 20th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Wow! This worked perfectly! After I tucked the fabric under, I stitched it with the same color thread in a few places so it won’t come untucked when I wash my jeans. Thank you so much!!

  • 340. Tina  |  December 31st, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    WOW ! this really works i feel a kinship with every one now like i just found out the big secret to perfect hems , and we are the only ones who know it …:) Thanks made my day and my new jeans lol .

  • 341. Mari  |  December 31st, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Hi, thanks for this website. I love it.
    I do have a question though…
    when Ive been hemming jeans, they sort of flare out at that bottom. Its a little bell like, but it still happens. Do you have any suggestions for this? thanks!

  • 342. Sheila  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 7:33 pm


    This tutorial is great! I’ve already done 5 pairs of jeans using this method and it comes out perfect each time. Thank you.

  • 343. Julie  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks so much for posting instructions with pictures! What a great idea and so simple. Being on the short side, I’ve been so frustrated dealing with jeans that are too long for years! Your the greatest ! Thank you :)

  • 344. Anah  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much! These directions were so helpful!!!

  • 345. Kelly  |  January 7th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    WOW- I found this website and I am so thankful. I had just purchased 2 pairs of LONG LONG jeans (granted I am short so everything is LONG LONG!) in hopes that I could easily hem them. I wasn’t optimistic since I am a VERY novice sewer with a new machine. However, THIS WAS SO EASY! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • 346. sandy  |  January 8th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wow. Where have you been all my life? I have hemmed soooo many jeans and they look it, too. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 347. Hanna  |  January 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Incredible, you are amazing .

    Could you please show me how to hem a silk dress. I m scared to touch it and it’s tooooooo long.

    All the best

  • 348. Becky  |  January 13th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Thank your so much! I just finished hemming 2 pair of $3 jeans from Goodwill for my Grandson. They look great, and it was so easy!

  • 349. Edith  |  January 13th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Amazing, I have never thought to do it like this. Not like I hem jeans all the time but this is the perfect solution. I just did it for the first time today and will be passing this tip on to others!
    thanks for sharing!

  • 350. paschal  |  January 18th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Is there any particular machine for hemming jean just like the original hem stitch.

  • 351. Marcia  |  January 19th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Let me start saying I have to read the instruction book on how to thread the machine every time I use it…that’s how much of a seamstress I am NOT.

    When I first read the directions, I was worried about the bulk or seeing the fold above the stitching. Let me tell is COMPLETELY INVISIBLE!

    And how simple? Well, I did 4 or 5 pairs in about 30 minutes. The seamstress wanted more than $10 a pair…so do the math as to how much I just saved. And now my pants fit me right.


  • 352. karen  |  January 19th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I am thinking if I trim nice and close and it frays, will it come apart?Want to look professional.
    I do alterations for others, so want to make sure I do this right,

    thanks for your pics and tips!

  • 353. Maria  |  January 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for that posting on the jeans hem. I was going to pay someone to do it. What color thread did you use? Is it need to be the same color as the original hem stitching or the color of the jeans? I can’t tell if the new hem line will show.

    Thanks so much.


  • 354. Judith  |  January 24th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’m really short (< 5′) and I wear a size 10 to 14 woman’s top, I have a LARGE torso. (No, I’m not fat, it really is my bones! My dad was 5’6″ and looked over 6′ sitting down, we both have really short legs.)

    Anyway, because of this, I’m always running into problems hemming things, and I almost always have to hem them. I’ve been doing this technique or a variant of it for years for dresses and skirts with decorative hems, so that I didn’t have to rework the dress. I never thought of doing it with jeans though! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!


  • 355. Janice  |  January 30th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Brilliant–seriously. Thanks so much, Dacia, for this post! I love Gap jeans for easy everyday wear, but they no longer carry 34″ inseams (just the average 32″ or 36″ if you order tall). So I ordered my size in a tall and hemmed off the extra 2″. The directions were simple and my jeans look great–you can’t even tell they were hemmed! I’ll probably end up cutting off the excess and applying Fray-Chek, but until then, I whipstitched the extra fold by hand to the inside of the pant leg (just pick up a bit of the pant leg with your needle but don’t go all the way through the material to keep the stitches invisible on the outside) to keep it from bunching up or drying funny. One million thank yous!

  • 356. Rena  |  January 30th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you! I can do this. I’m really short and I have such an issue with finding jeans that fit.

  • 357. Jane  |  February 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Ahhhh, what a great way to hem jeans. I just three pair and one of them needed a hemming since the 90′s. So simple and effective. Thank you.

  • 358. Laura  |  February 3rd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    In all my years of sewing and hemming jeans.. this is the way it works best! I think that this site displays accurate and user friendly information to those who are experienced and inexperienced with the hemming process. Great job! It really does work!

  • 359. Kenshi Westover  |  February 3rd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hey there. Just took a look at your tutorial and it makes a lot of sense. I was wondering though – I have a machine that has different stitching pattern presets. Is there a certain stitch STYLE you would recommend (i.e. zigzag, double stitch…) so it doesn’t come out? And what about the kind of thread? Does it need to be thicker with jeans than regular thread?


  • 360. Wendy  |  February 4th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I have done this hem many times I am a professional seamstress. I also sew a line of thread with same color around leg to hold fabric up.

  • 361. Kim  |  February 9th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Great idea. Thanks for this tip. Now my New Diesel Jeans just fit perfect to my high 32/29. It is so hard to find the right size but now all the problems solved. I can buy any length size of jeans from now on and fix up to get a perfect fit. Thanks.

  • 362. Kristen Danis  |  February 12th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for your GREAT directions! I have been sewing for years but never hemmed until today! It’s gonna be a great day in my new rockin’ jeans!

  • 363. Sylvia  |  February 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I am looking forward to trying this but I have another potentially more complicated question concerning narrowing a jeans leg. I have a pair that is more bell bottom and I would like a more gentle flare like a boot cut. Can this technique be applied to those areas as well? Thanks.

  • 364. lucy  |  February 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    i just tried this right now ,and omg..what a trick!! thanks so much. i hate being so short because i could never find the right length, but now…no worries!!! THANK YOU!!!

  • 365. Tari  |  February 12th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I understand the whole process of this euro hem but I have one ?. I took my jeans to a tailor and there is no extra fabric I can see to be cut or ironed up? How did she do this original hem w/ no extra fabric. i thought maybe she cut and sewed back on but I don’t see that either. Is there a trick to not having extra fabric to cut or iron??

  • 366. Lien  |  February 12th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I don’t have to pay $40 to get my True Religions hemmed with their ultra difficult original hem. Yikes!

  • 367. Karen  |  February 13th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    I am by NO means a seamstress and in under 30 minutes I did 4 pairs of True Religions (which have been sitting in a drawer for months waiting for me to find a trust-worthy tailor).

  • 368. Spirals  |  February 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I was just lamenting yesterday, I wish I knew how to do this. I LURV the internets! Thank you!

    just got done doing a pair for mine and a pair of my husband’s!

  • 369. Beverly Riedel  |  February 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I have been sewing for years, (I’m 55!) everything and anything, I’ve draped more drapes and covered more chairs and made about a million dresses for my girls, when my daughter told me she had heard this could be done, (hem jeans without cutting off the original hem), I couldn’t imagine how, I’ve been hemming them for years and recreating a hem pretty close to the original, this is even easier, thank you so much, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! And yes, a zipper foot makes it easier.

  • 370. Kathy  |  February 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    What an incredibly efficient and cool technique! Thanks Dacia!

  • 371. Sharon  |  March 4th, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Hi there I would just like to say that this tutorial is amazing! I am just over five foot tall and can never get jeans to fit length ways even petite seem a bit long. Now after seeing this no more problems. I am so happy my jeans fit properly. Thanks so much!

  • 372. Christine  |  March 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    This site is very helpful since I don’t have supermodel legs myself. I have a few jeans that I want to hem and take out some of the flare on the bottom. Will this work for that too?

  • 373. Andrea  |  March 8th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I used your hemming trick on my jeans and it worked great! Thanks so much! I was a little confused by your directions on how to do this to flared jeans however, can you help? I was also curious if you had any advice on taking in the waistline on jeans? My hips and rear end are larger than my waist and usually when I buy jeans that fit my hips I get a gap in the back of the waistline. I’m having trouble finding info on this. Thanks a million!

  • 374. Carol C  |  March 9th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Hello Dacia, thank you so much for taking the time to create this awesome tutorial! It is completely clear to visualize doing this thanks to your excellent instructions, and I can’t wait to try it on my jeans and skirts. What an incredible concept! Thanks for sharing.

  • 375. Becky  |  March 9th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial. I am always so afraid to cut into my brand new jeans and too frugal to want to pay for jeans and THEN pay for a tailor. You rock!
    Here’s a link to my first pair!

  • 376. Beth  |  March 11th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks!! I’m at that awkward height where regular length are too short and tall length are too long – I’d kind of resigned myself to having raggy hems (because I HATE how too-short pants look even more than raggy hems!), but this is so easy, even I can do it! Thanks so much!! :)

  • 377. Jeannie  |  March 18th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    What am I doing wrong? I have to iron my hem flat every time I wash them. The original hem folds up, and it doesn’t look smooth. Wonderful idea and it looks great when it is ironed flat.

  • 378. Kathleen  |  March 27th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I have been putting off hemming some jeans of mine because I hate the look of an unperfect hem on the bottom of my 200 dollar jeans! I don’t want to spend that much on jeans and have them look like that. I tried this because I liked how it wasn’t permanent… if I messed up or didn’t like it I can still rip out the new stitches. I LOVE the way they look! They came out really nicely and I hemmed three pairs tonight! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  • 379. Bobbi  |  March 29th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks so much for your great tutorial. You did a great job explaining it.

  • 380. Stacy  |  March 31st, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Love the tutorial. I linked to it from my blog :D

  • 381. Jennifer  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Wow! This was really simple and easy…and left the original stitching. I also get so frustrated trying to hem jeans and feel like it looks bad if I cut off the fabric and make a new hem. This is perfect!

  • 382. kim hunt  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    thanks a million this saved me lots of money!

  • 383. Krysti  |  April 7th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I have a problem. the cuff of the jeans is SMALLER than the leg where the hem will go. This causes a ripple of fabric creating a “pegged leg”look. How do i get a smooth hem without resorting to cutting?
    Any advice would be appreciated.

  • 384. corrie  |  April 8th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    cool! this is how my sisters jeans were done and she pays $20 or so a pair!

    thank you for sharing I’m off to do mine tonight!


  • 385. Vanessa  |  April 15th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Great! I hemmed 2 pair of pants this way and they turned out super thanks so much!!!

  • 386. Jennifer  |  April 16th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial, it made alot of sense!


  • 387. Cassie  |  April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Amazing! The most difficult part was figuring out how to use my mom’s sewing machine! I’m so extatic to have found this no more rolling up my jeans!

  • 388. Pamela  |  April 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I know this post of yours was from back in 2005, but I just happened to stumble across it from another blog a few days ago. I always have problems with the length of jeans and have often passed up buying a pair I otherwise love just because the legs were too long!

    I tried your method last night on a pair of jeans I bought recently. I don’t have a machine so I did it by hand and it worked amazingly well! My cousin saw the finished product and was really impressed. You can’t even tell unless you look really close.

    Thanks so much for sharing this method! It’s amazing. Now I have the PERFECT pair of jeans that is also the PERFECT length! I’ll never have to worry again about jeans being too long.

  • 389. Meg  |  April 28th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I used the method described above to take two inches off the “average leg” pair of jeans I got from Fashion Bug. I think they must have blind people measuring the inseams, because that’s not what I got when I measured them. Thank you for the tip, because now my jeans don’t drag on the filthy ground in the rainy season at home! :)

  • 390. Josh  |  April 29th, 2009 at 3:54 am

    So simple even a guy can manage it!

  • 391. Lori  |  April 29th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I agree with Jeannie……………………WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? I have done about 50 pairs of jeans like this. It looks great and I have done lots for me and friends but the cuff always folds up after washing. I have tried the methods of sewing a stich in the ditch of the cuff but that doesn’t seem to do anything. Please help!

  • 392. Lauren  |  April 29th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    This is an amazing tutorial. I went straight to my sewing machine with complete confidence that I would come out with a professional hemming job…and I did. I had a favorite pair of maternity jeans that I wanted to turn into maternity capris since I will be pregnant during the summer this time around. They turned out wonderful! I am so excited to hem up more of my pants! Thanks!

  • 393. Sheila  |  April 29th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much. I used to hate to hem jeans because of the side seams. This way is wonderful and I still have the original hem. Love, love, love it. Why didn’t I think of this years ago?

  • 394. naz  |  May 1st, 2009 at 8:14 am

    can this be applied to bootcut jeans or wide legged trousers etc? ’cause otherwise the widelegged bit or boot cut part when its cut off looks wierd and im short =/

  • 395. Jimmy  |  May 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for the help. I just got thr bright idea to go to, Hemming Jeans, and found your site. I recently aquired my mther=in=laws sewing machine and thought I might try to save a couple of dollars on Hemming slacks and jeans…it’s called “save-a_buck,thanks again

  • 396. eliz  |  May 13th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I had heard stories of hemming jeans and keeping the original hem, but thought they were purely urban myth! Thanks so much for posting this! Wow!

  • 397. Jennifer  |  May 17th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for this AWESOME tut! I’ve been holding onto a pair of jeans for years because I could not bear to get the hem cut, and now, I don’t have to thanks to you!


  • 398. Any  |  May 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I am so exited I finally found away to fix my many pair of pants! Thank you very much, it worked great.

  • 399. Deanna  |  May 28th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    wow! thanks!
    I’m 5’4″ and I have a big behind (lol) and I can never find any jeans that are just right.
    I seriously have so many pairs of pants in general that need heming. Most about 5-6 inches. So ya know how that looks lol.
    But anyways I’m about to go start heming lol

  • 400. Kilinoe  |  May 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    thank you so much! that was so helpful, i was actually online to see what stores altered jeans and was so close to paying for a bunch to be hemmed, but i did a thick pair of jeans and it worked just like you showed!

  • 401. Deborah  |  May 30th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve been sewing for years and never thought to hem jeans this way. I just finished hemming the first leg on a new pair of jeans and it’s absolutely amazing. I love it! I can’t even tell where I stitched it! Thanks so much for posting this!!!

  • 402. Janie  |  June 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I just hemmed up three pairs of my husband’s jeans. He has a 28 1/2 inch inseam. When I would cut them and hem his jeans in the usual way he wounldn’t wear them. He didn’t like how they looked! He just tried a pair on that I hemmed and he loved them! Nothing like keeping that hubby happy! Thank you for the post!

  • 403. Megan  |  June 11th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    This method works perfectly with an iron and some super-weight Stitch Witchery. (I don’t have a machine) Recently, I hemmed a pair of super-model length jeans by ironing Stitch Witchery into the folds instead of sewing—they look great and are still fine after multiple wearings & washing.

  • 404. Browniepie  |  June 11th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!

    Bought a nice pair of jeans 2 months ago and they’ve been languishing waiting to be hemmed. I just did them by hand in less than an hour and a half and they look amazing! I am so happy! :-)

  • 405. Kimmy  |  June 17th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I wish I’d known about this procedure years ago! I’m not saying how many either! I’m only 5′ 3″ and have to hem almost every pair of pants I buy. This is just great, thanks!

  • 406. Diane  |  June 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!! I AM COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!! I was SOO skeptical, but I figured I would give it a chance since if it didn’t work out all I had to do was rip out a seam. BUT, they came out perfectly. No one would ever know they were hemmed! I shortened my jeans 3″ on a pair that had a pretty good flare to them, and the still seams matched up, nothing bunched up, and they truly look untouched! The length is perfect. I can’t say enough about this method. THANK YOU!!! BTW, I am 5′ 2″ and the jeans are a size 4 A.N.A. that I picked up for $9.96 on sale at J.C. Penney. What a deal!!!

  • 407. Kristy  |  July 7th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Well I never! I have always just kept gold thread in my sewing box and hemmed them when I bought a new pair that were too long. (And I’m 5’4″) Doesn’t that flap inside feel funny? And yeah you can let them back out but aren’t the wear/age marks going to show and look funny? But then I am 52 years old and don’t spend great amounts of $$ on designer jeans. But then again I’m a child of the 70s and I guess I know when blue jeans look cool or not………..

  • 408. Leslie  |  July 17th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Thanks so much for this guidance! I have paid to have tailors do this, all the while knowing how to sew, because I thought there was some magic involved! The descriptions and pictures are super helpful.

  • 409. Kat  |  July 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Love this technique! My daughter and I hate the look of hemmed-at-home pants, so we’ve passed on many a good jean because of it! I can’t wait to go shopping, my horizons have expanded:) It’s the little things that make me happy (and the big things too, lol) THANKS!

  • 410. Cathy  |  July 29th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Hi, I just came upon your site because I was looking for an explanation of how to figure the measurements when hemming this way. My mother-in-law’s tailor does her jeans this way and I loved it! So, I studied her stitching until I figured out the cuff, sew, uncuff trick! I’d like to add a bit of helpful info here too if I may… the tailor uses fabric glue to hold the excess fabric to the inside of the pant leg. I just hemmed my first pair of jeans ever using this method earlier today and love it! I’m a beginner with the sewing machine (just started learning today for the sole purpose of hemming my jeans!) and it was pretty easy for me! Thanks for the tip about the measuring and I hope my tip for using the fabric glue helps someone too!! :)

  • 411. Eileen  |  July 30th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve been using your method since last year. You’ve saved me 100s of bucks… Thank you for your detailed information. Lots of love from Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 412. Lisa  |  August 9th, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I just bought a pair of Motherhood Maternity jeans on sale from $48 to $12 and it was killing me to have to pay another $15 to have them hemmed – more than the cost of the jeans themselves! I can’t WAIT to try this method on them.

    Also, I have a 3 year old who is wearing 5-6 clothing…she’s very tall, but not quite tall enough for the size 6 pants. I’ve used this method on all of her pants (mostly knit, not jean) and I leave the extra material intact and just let it flop down. She doesn’t even notice the flap, and when she grows a little taller I can remove the stitching and voila – they will be long enough for her again! :) :) :) I’m SO happy with this….looking forward to being brave on my own pants too, lol!

    (*Note, on my daughter’s pants, I lengthened the stitch length so it will be easier to remove the hem when she grows.)

  • 413. Kris @The Back of the Cupboard  |  August 10th, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I am only 5′ 3″ so unless I can find pants in petite, they are ALWAYS way too long. I have used this method to hem two pairs of jeans so far, and I love it. I was becoming frustrated with the cuffs flipping over when I was wearing them, so I just tacked both of them by running stitches along the vertical seams right in the crease, making the stitches invisible. If this doesn’t stop it enough I may do another run of stitches in invisible thread along the cuff. I hate the look of normal folded under jean hems, so I’m willing to do this because it just looks so much better. You can’t tell they’re hemmed at all. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  • 414. Maya  |  August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This is was really helpful!
    Especially since I’m quite short and even average length jeans are to long!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • 415. keri  |  August 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    quick question…on step 4, where you start to sew… do you sew next to the seam but ON the folded part or just OFF the folded part (at the exact edge of the folded-meets-unfolded part), or doesn’t it matter, so long as it is close? and by ‘folded part’ i mean the hem where the jeans are folded upon themselves :).

  • 416. jan hin  |  August 27th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    ok, here goes, first time, wish me luck!

  • 417. Christy  |  August 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    what is the best cheap sewing machine to buy for sewing hems in jeans? This is the main reason I am buying one, I have never used a sewing machine, so I need one that is easy. I’m 5″2 and all of my jeans are always long and I have to wear 3″ heels with them. My feet are suffering from bunions so now I can’t wear my heels unless there 2 inches. I don’t want to pay for a tailor every time I need to make them shorter. Love your way of doing them , I haven’t tried it yet, but makes so much sense, I love the hems in my jeans and didn’t want to cut them off. Thank you for any suggestions, I am leaning towards the Brother 10-Stitch Portable Sewing Machine, LS-2125i at walmart for around $80.

  • 418. MIchele  |  September 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    What color thread do you use, blue to match the jeans or monofilment or gold like the orginal stitching? Thanks!

  • 419. sandra742  |  September 9th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • 420. Dianne Bossert  |  September 11th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the excellent instructions. The photos along with the steps couldn’t have been better!! I trimmed the excess fabric and then finished the edge with my serger, then used stitch witchery to hold it down. It looks terrific. Your visuals made the job so easy, I can’t thank you enough.

  • 421. Rachel  |  September 12th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Wow!! It was so easy! I got my first sowing machine just about a year ago and I have only used it about 5 times. I am the kind of person that usually tries to do it my self. So the first time of hemming jeans for me was a difficult task but I did it the hard way! My sister just gave me a pair of really expensive jeans that were too long for me! So noting that they are expensive and I just knew that there would have to be an easier way of hemming jeans I decided to yahoo hemming jeans, and i am so glad I did! It took me maybe an hour. So just want to say thanks and the pictures were really helpful.

  • 422. CHARLENE  |  September 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm


  • 423. Dewey  |  September 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I just want to say a huge thank you!! I bought jeans for a trip in two days (!) and actually got them hemmed and no one can tell I did it myself–they look like they came this length. Bravo, from a very short middle-aged woman who has dreaded hemming jeans her whole life. Now, any suggestions for my khakis??

  • 424. Lotta  |  September 24th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Great tutorial, I’ve done jeans this way for a while too, and it provides so much better results! There is something in your answers below the tut that I do not get though:

    “3) If the jeans leg is flared…Open the side seam of the jean several inches above where you want the jean to be hemmed. Take in the jean to the same circumference as the hem. …”

    If the jeans have flared legs, the hem circumference will be larger than the jean leg, not smaller, so you do not need to take the leg IN, but take the HEM in. Right? So if that is the case, I would open the INSEAM of the hem with a stitch ripper, take it in a little and then stitch it back up as much as needed. If you need to shorten your jeans a lot, this is often necessary, but if it is not that much, you often get away with just hemming it as in the tut. Some of the baggy jeans we get now, have other seams, e.g. seams going down along the leg at an angle, which means if you do attatch them as in the tutorial, seams will not meet. The only thing one has to do, is to cut the leg off, then rotate the hem until it meets the seam on the leg, then sew and finish the seam (I normally trim the excess fabric, then either zig-zag or serge the seam allowance to prevent fraying as the inside of the hem is not where I want intentional fraying).

    If you want the hem (or other parts) to fray, the easiest is to attack it with sanding paper. My favorite would be by using my sander or Dremel, why not save yourself the arm power if you have power tools available for other DIY projects? :)

    Anyway, thanks for a great tutorial, just thought you’d like to get the input on answer #3 since it seems you “thought the other way around”… :)

  • 425. Lotta  |  September 24th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    BTW, re. #6. You can also topstitch the flap down by using the “stitch-in-the-ditch” technique with cotton thread in a denim blue color. This would secure the flap once and for all, and such a seam do not show. There are oodles of tutorials on how to stitch-in-the-ditch, just google it! This is also a very neat technique for many other sewing projects!

  • 426. Estee  |  September 24th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for sharing this great information. Very generous. I hope it comes back around for you. I have a pile of expensive jeans that I’d decided to give to Goodwill because of the hemming issue. This worked like magic – I didn’t even know you could ask for ‘original hem’ so I am very happy. I’m going to try this technique on sleeves of shirts and light jackets that are too long but look tacky rolled up with the lining showing.

  • 427. Mandy  |  September 28th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so happy that someone has firgured this out! I pay $30 at my tailor to have my designer jeans hemmed which isn’t cheap after the cost of the jeans that I love. Thank YOU!!! I’m going to sew some right now! :)

  • 428. Eric  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 5:58 am

    In Step 2, you don’t mention that you are halving the desired length for the hem, just that you’re measuring an inch from the original hem.

    I’d suggest:

    ” I wanted to take two inches off my hem, so I divided that length in half, measuring one inch out from the original hem line and pinned. “

  • 429. Jenny  |  October 7th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    WOW!!!! I’ll be darned…it worked!!! SO MUCH easier (and tons quicker) than cutting off and rehemming which looks so cheezy!! Thank you so much for the tip, I will definately use it from now on!

  • 430. amy leslie  |  October 10th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    These directions were amazing! I’m not very domesetic but I wanted to take a stab at hemming my new 7 For All Mankind jeans myself because I haven’t found a good tailor in my area. Let’s just say they look great… and I did it by hand!!

    Thanks so much for the directions :-)

  • 431. Amanda  |  October 14th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Thanks so much for the post! My husband just went off to work in a bad mood after discovering that the jeans he purchased yesterday (whose tags and receipt have already been picked up by the garbage man) were way too long. He was walking on the bottoms!
    Now I’ll have a nice surprise waiting for him when he gets off of work.
    Thanks again! :-)

  • 432. Shane  |  October 18th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Just another confirmation this is easy for guys to do too!

    After noticing the hem was coming off a pair of jeans I don’t wear often, I thought, what a waste to pay someone to hem it just to have it come undone. Then I’m expected to pay again to have it fixed? No thank you,

    I bought the $90 Singer from Target and it works just fine. I successfully did a pair of Citizens using the above method. I found this easier to do than cutting the hem off and rehemming. If I original hem 2 more pairs of jeans the sewing machine has already paid itself back. Definitely a good investment if you like designer jeans.

    It bewilders me how they can charge $20-$40 for this depending on where you go.

    Thanks for the tutorial. I think I found a new way to meet girls! My female friends are impressed!

  • 433. Bee  |  October 20th, 2009 at 2:37 am

    You are a lifesaver!

    I have a few jeans to hem and had been putting off ’cause I was afraid I would ruin them.

    With this method, it’ll look like they were never altered.


  • 434. nonong '09  |  October 24th, 2009 at 12:30 am


  • 435. Susan  |  October 24th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    This is brilliant! At 5’4″, I always have to hem jeans and pants. Used your method to hem two pair of jeans this afternoon and it worked beautifully – and so easy too.

    Thank you so much!

  • 436. CathyLondon  |  October 25th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    You just saved me huge amounts of money at the specialist alterations shop – it was going to be about 18 (British) ££££ for my lovely new Toast jeans to be tailored to my 5′ 1” height (yes I’ve suffered all my life too) as I couldn’t bear to wear them with an amateur hem! I can’t believe it was so easy and quick and it hadn’t occurred to me before! Thankyouthankyouthankyou….!

  • 437. Laura  |  October 27th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I have a 5 year old w/hips and a booty and clothes for kids are made for narrow bodies so this is great. One question. I have never sewn in my life. What sewing machine would you recommend I buy? This is all I’d use it for so I’d like one that will get the job done w/o costing a lot. And the Stitchwitchery bonding material you mentioned, is that reversable? I’m wanting a no fuss hem job that can possibly be reversed if needed. Thanks!

  • 438. Adrienne  |  October 29th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    This works wonderfully ~ especially with a growing child’s jeans! Thank You!!

  • 439. jamie  |  October 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I am 5’0″ and I would hug you right now!! I have had to “cut and fray” so many nice jeans and now I can have a more “grown up” look~

    Jamiebug :)

  • 440. Carl  |  November 6th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for the great tip. I was dreading having to pick out the existing seams and then cutting and re-hemming them. Also saves the trouble of matching the existing thread, no matter how faded it is. And since the thread is on the ‘inside’ like that any thread that does show will be very minimal.

    I also found that I like elastic on the cuffs, and this gives it a perfect place to be.

  • 441. Joan Hartwick  |  November 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    You are a life saver!
    I have an alteration business, and have never done this, however it makes a great job, just did my first pair today. Have 2 more pair coming in tonight, then will shorten a couple pair for me.
    It is so simple, easy to follow directions!
    Thanks a million,

  • 442. Stacey  |  November 8th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I used to pay $20 for this “Euro hem”. I tried it by hand and it worked great but to make sure it stays I purchased a sewing machine for $70 and hemmed four jeans today…it’s already paid for itself!
    Thanks sooo much!!

  • 443. Deanna Marsh  |  November 11th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Wow, saw a $45.00 class on how to do a European invisible hem, so decided to google it. Now I can do it without taking the class. Great instructions, love the pictures (I always need a visual). Can’t wait to try it!

  • 444. Melinda  |  November 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    years later and this is still a valuable post. I tried this method of hemming and YEHaaaa! It is the best method I have used! Thanks for the great tutorial!!!!!

  • 445. Janet  |  November 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! I was skeptical until I ironed the jeans. They look good.

  • 446. Deepti  |  November 23rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    OH SO BRILLIANT! Practically life altering!

  • 447. Shannon Skripka  |  November 28th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I agree with Deepti….this is a life altering experience!!! I’ve spent the last 30 yrs laboring over jeans hems. This is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing this tip.

  • 448. Alicat  |  December 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you. You’ve just saved me $25 bucks.
    That’s what it costs every time I get this done.

  • 449. Sarah  |  December 4th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I really appreciated these instructions. I am not a whiz at my sewing machine so hemming my new jeans was a little scary. Just as stated, I finished in 30 minutes and now have HOT new jeans that actually fit my leg length! I told all my short friends and showed off my handy work. Thanks!

  • 450. Maria  |  December 8th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    It’s an amazing tutorial. I just tried it with a pair of new jeans and the result is simple great! I have to say I was quite skeptical at first but after ironing…it’s perfect!
    Thanks for sharing

  • 451. Brenda  |  December 19th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I guess I’m missing something. You say to turn the jeans right side out, but from the pics it appears that they’re right side out the whole time you’re sewing. I am at a loss to understand how if the hem is that close to the “old” hem, it takes any length off. And cut off what excess? I’m sorry, I just don’t get it. I’d really like to try this for my daughter’s khakis from the thrift store, please help! Thanks!!

  • 452. BC Sewer  |  December 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Thanks so much for these great instructions. I just hemmed my first pair of jeans –perfectly. Tomorrow, I am hemming the three pair of jeans that I have been rolling up! Great instructions and inspiration!

  • 453. Jan  |  December 24th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve recently bought three pairs of expensive jeans in a bargain sale but they needed taking up. I did the first pair adhoc and didn’t cut off the excess. This has given me the knowledge to do it properly whilst keeping the original hem.

    Absolutely brilliant, did my first pair today and going to do the other two – including redoing the first pair!


  • 454. Merry  |  December 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Fantastic!!! I am so wrapt! My sons have all grown up…well, 17, 19 and 21 and I finally know how to do a good hem!!! I can do an ok one cutting it off, but this is heaps better.


  • 455. Michelle  |  December 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I can’t say thank you enough!!! I have 7 pairs to hem and I wanted to keep the original hem!!

  • 456. Heidi Dike  |  January 2nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I use this method with Stitch Witchery on jeans now! No sewing required! I tried it on a few pairs and it’s worked beautifully! I had to sell my sewing machine when I moved out west and this was my only option. Works great and only requires time and an iron!!

  • 457. Barb  |  January 4th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    What a great tutorial!! The thing is now I have everyone wanting me to take up their jeans. Oh well, it sure is easy. Thanks so much.

  • 458. Jo  |  January 4th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    fantastic – Thank you so much for these instructions. I’ve just hemmed my dad’s jeans and they look fab!
    Jo x

  • 459. Karen  |  January 5th, 2010 at 6:51 pm


  • 460. wstatt  |  January 6th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’m must be the only dim one who’s read this, but after step 4 it says “turn leg right side out” but I can’t see anywhere where it was ever inside out?

    What am I missing?

  • 461. valeska Schwarz  |  January 6th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    thanks so much,
    i thought i had no clothes, but really i just kept putting the long ones back into the closet….
    i feel like i have a new wardrobe. will finish up 20 pairs of pants tomorrow. ive been tacking the extra fabric. thanks a lot!

  • 462. Marilyn  |  January 7th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    How can I apply this same approach for bootcut jeans … or can it be done?

  • 463. Rhonda  |  January 7th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Thank You for the tutorial!! I just finished hemming a pair of jeans and they turned out great. Much easier than I thought it would be! Awesome, easy to follow directions, thanks!

  • 464. beth  |  January 9th, 2010 at 11:10 am


  • 465. Donna  |  January 9th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this information. My daughter sent this link to me since I have the job of heming her jeans. It was very helpful. I’ve been sewing all my life but heming jeans is one job I really don’t like doing. You made the job a lot easier. thanks a bunch!

  • 466. in search of original hems  |  January 10th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    This is so clever and now I know how my jeans original hems were kept in tact when I took them to a tailor.
    I will definitely use this trick.

  • 467. Bonnie  |  January 16th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Thanks so much! I have been trying to figure out an easier way to keep the look of a store bought hem. This is it! You’re a life saver. Or a style saver… but you get the point.

  • 468. Jennifer  |  January 16th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This was just wonderful. This was my first hemming job on some very expensive jeans. Thanks for keeping the post up!

  • 469. Maygan  |  January 25th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you for the brill walk through! I did this to 2 pairs of jeans & they turned out beautifully. :D Thanks!

  • 470. gallila  |  January 31st, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    This is great! The (very slightly) flared jeans I used it on did not even have to be cut. Thanks for a very helpful method. I wish I had known this years ago!

  • 471. Andrea @ The Train To Crazy  |  February 4th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks for sharing!

  • 472. ME Baker  |  February 5th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    WAY cool, thanks!

  • 473. Frugal Skills Saved Me $ &hellip  |  February 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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  • 474. Tony  |  February 21st, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Great find, thank you

  • 475. Monique  |  February 21st, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I had to go to Youtube to get the understanding of how to hem the pants using this method! The girl in the video was much more helpful. Next time, be more specific!

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  • 478. Roger  |  February 27th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Fantastic! I”m a British guy who has never touched a sewing machine before in my life and I”ve just perfectly hemmed a pair of jeans. My wife is very impressed and this method made it quick and easy. Many thanks.

  • 479. wstatt  |  March 1st, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’m must be the only dim one who’s read this, but after step 4 it says “turn leg right side out” but I can’t see anywhere where it was ever inside out?

    What am I missing?

  • 480. Kelly  |  March 5th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    There is just something I don”t understand about this process – Is this jean “right side out” through the whole process? I am confused because in step 4 it says “turn the jean right side out” – it appears in the pictures to be “right side out” through the whole process, so why at that point does it say “turn right side out”. I obviously am missing something!

    Thank you!


  • 481. BK  |  March 7th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Very clear directions and great pictures!

  • 482. Darcy  |  March 9th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I Love this. You can always tell on my other jeans when they”ve been hemmed.
    In response to Comments #479 & 480. The pant leg is never inside out, I think what Dacia was trying to say is you “uncuff” the pant leg when you”re done sewing the first step. Not sure where you guys got the directions, but on she has step by step pictures that are very helpful.

  • 483. Erika  |  March 16th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • 484. wstatt  |  March 20th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Kelly, I see you”re as confused as me! But we”re clearly in the minority as no one else seems to have had any problems! Wish someone would explain!


  • 485. Dorothy  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I also hem jeans this way…however after I”ve stitched the seam and cut off the excess fabric, I zig zag the raw edges and then iron the seam flat toward the to of the pants. Then I turn the pants with the outside facing out and stitch another stitch line very close to where I have stitched the hem and pant together. This keeps the seam up and lies very flat.

  • 486. Her Craftiness  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hi Kelly,

    You could say, instead of right side out, to uncuff the jean.

  • 487. erica  |  March 25th, 2010 at 6:29 am

    i want to start making bikinis, im having problems with the elastic. i can not adjust the setting for it. the loops come out to loose? can you help me?

    thank u!

  • 488. Sara margolily  |  April 13th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    You have just changed my life! Thank you for these fab instructions and my new now perfectly fitting jeans xx

  • 489. kyrstie  |  April 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

    awesome thank you so much im going to wear my jeans tommorrow

  • 490. Lisa Nelson  |  April 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm


  • 491. Laura  |  May 1st, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I wonder if you”re tired yet of getting comments on this thread, but I just had to thank you so much. I use a sewing machine about once every five years, but with these instructions, I just hemmed my own jeans for the first time, and they look wonderful. Thank you so much!

  • 492. Sandy W.  |  May 6th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    This was so simple and worked perfectly. Thank you so much for writing this tutorial with the great pictures. I have probably only used my sewing machine 3 times in my life so I expected this would be beyond my skills. Not at all. My jeans turned out perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 493. christina  |  May 8th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    hi what kind of sewing machine did you use ..and would this machine work too for turning jeans into skinny jeans.

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  • 495. Bonita Leece  |  May 27th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Dacia, you are a genius thank you a million times!

  • 496. Ann Marie  |  May 28th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I just got a computer and this has made it worth every cent. How many jeans I have hemmed by cuttiing and hemming by trying to match original thread! They never looked professional. Thank you and I”ll be visiting this website often.

  • 497. Ann Marie  |  May 28th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    How many jeans I have hemmed by cutting, hemming! You could always tell it wasn”t the original hem.

  • 498. Karen Andregg  |  May 31st, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you soooo much. I have sewed for years and our Granddaughter told me about this. I”m doing some for my husband right now….so simple and quick.

    Thank you Thank you

  • 499. Jessica  |  June 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for the great directions! My jeans turned out great. I will never “walk through” the back of my jeans again!

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  • 502. joanne  |  July 15th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I don”t understand step 4. Where exactly do I stitch? I can”t tell from the photo. Is the stitching on the stitch line of the previous hem?

  • 503. Kathy Young  |  August 8th, 2010 at 3:02 am

    hello, what color thread do you use? The orange or do you match it to the color of the jeans?

  • 504. Staci  |  August 10th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Kathy,
    I just did this and it doesn”t matter what color thread you use, the thread of the original hem is what shows.

  • 505. Kelley  |  August 11th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you so much. You are a life saver. I”ve never sewn anything before, and both my fiance and I are short legged and usually have to pay to have this done. This has helped my tremendously.

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  • 509. Donna  |  August 20th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I hemmed my sons jeans yesterday. I was going to take the jeans for alterations. I read this and decided to do it myself. I do not own a sewing machine. Sewed it by hand. Came out perfect. Thanks for the great directions.

  • 510. Leah Benoit  |  August 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

    My euro jeans keep turning up after washing. Any ideas how I could stop this.

  • 511. Naw  |  August 24th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    This was SO easy, took only a few min per hem, and looks amazing.. THANKS for the great instructions!!

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  • 513. Vanessa  |  September 2nd, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is great, you made the steps so clear and easy to follow.

  • 514. Dawn Espino  |  September 8th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I need to know what you would do if the cut off hem is wider than the jean leg your attaching it to? They are stretchy but I”m afraid they will pucker.

    I have already cut off the leg and I don”t really want to fold the hem and sew it down but I really don”t know what else to do..I”m afraid to cut the hem to make it smaller.

    Please help!

  • 515. Carolyn  |  September 26th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I cut off the original hem plus the extra length in one piece I thought I did not need. I did not realize my daughter had mismeasured the length they needed to be. Therefor too much was cut off. I want to reattach material with original hem and do it the way you suggested.
    Should I use a sticky iron-on tape to reattach material? Is there any way to leave only a slight mark?

    Thanks, Carolyn

  • 516. Carolyn  |  September 29th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I really find your website a great way to learn something new.

    I don”t know if you received my previous email or not.

    I went ahead and attatched the part I cut off. This part was too much material to put in a hidden hem like you suggested so there is a seam in them.

    Did you have any more suggestions?
    Thank you-Carolyn

  • 517. NIkola  |  September 30th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Awesome post! Thanks again for making it so clear.

  • 518. Katie W  |  October 2nd, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I did it!!! Thanks sister! :)

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  • 520. Rachel  |  October 5th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Hi, Dacia,

    I posted a link to your “how to hem your jeans” tutorial on my blog because it is so AWESOME…

    …then something very strange happened.

    Last night I showed the link to my sister-in-law, Abby, who said, “Oh, yeah, I know who she is. She goes to our old church.” Huh? I had no idea. We were a part of the Q.A. plant of Greenlake.

    Nice to e-meet you!! Check out my new blog if you have a chance and tell me what you think.


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  • 523. Mariea Frieden  |  October 30th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Just hemmed my first pair of jeans following your instructions and cannot believe how great they look. Made a hash of the first attempt but didn”t take long to undo and try again. No more frayed ends and great looking jeans.

  • 524. frances  |  November 6th, 2010 at 7:00 am

    The old warning,”If it”s too good to be true it probably is” does not hold up in this case. Is it really as easy as make a fold and stitching next to the original hem and then trimming the excess???? I followed the directions – took about 20 minutes. Why do the professionals charge so much to do this? Did I miss a something?

    Another site had directions and pictures, but it seemed much more complicated. Thank you for clear, easy to follow instructions.

  • 525. Beth Sowell  |  November 18th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    from one shorty to another, thanks so much! this was EASY and looks great!

  • 526. Tonyia  |  November 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you! This is great! I am horrible at sewing but was easily able to take 4 1/2 inches off a pair of pants I bought today, thanks to your instructions. Usually I end up laughing so hard I end up crying at my hemming attempts, but I really needed these to turn out okay. I really appreciate this.

  • 527. Paul  |  November 21st, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Response to comment 524… Why do the pros charge so much? Because they can. And because you had no choice but to pay the inflated price until you had had one of those fabulous AH-HA!! moments, and can now do it yourself! Now you get to charge the inflated price! Life is good. Signed …. “A Pro” :)

  • 528. Jen  |  December 4th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    This was amazing!! I was scared to try it, but I went for it and I cannot believe how easy it was! Thank you so much for the great and super easy instructions!!

  • 529. Sheri  |  December 17th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Wow….I did it! Twice!
    I am ashamed to say that I found these directions mid 2008 after getting a pair of True Religion jeans from my son for Christmas to reward me for a 65# weight loss. I hemmed those pants tonight. Nearly 2 years after receiving them. For some reason I had it in my head that I didn”t understand and just kept putting it off. Last Christmas 2009 I wore them when my son came home…rolled up tacky hem and he said “Mom, can”t you hem those?”. I was so afraid of ruining them. To make things more of a challenge for me, I received my second pair of TR jeans Christmas 2009. So, during this last year, I have had those two pairs of jeans hanging with the hems rolled up nearly 4 inches total and not worn since last Christmas.

    I tell you all this to say when you find these directions and have a pair of jeans to hem. Go for it. It takes a bit more ironing to make it look neat but I am seriously amazed. I also used some Stitch Witchery under the fold to keep the hem from rolling or folding during washing.

    I join all the others as I thank you for taking the time to provide this.

  • 530. Susan  |  December 19th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I”m not very good at sewing at all and have been fretting over hemming my four pairs of jeans. But this article has really put me at ease! It sounds very easy; I”m sure I can do this! Thanks for posting it. All the best.

  • 531. Lior  |  December 30th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Hi Dacia, Excellent tutorial!
    A minor correction about the calculation: in step 2 you should include the hem in the calculation. Otherwise your final length will be a little _longer_ than you intended (because of the added hem length when you fold it back).
    For example, if the length to be removed is 10 inches (including the hem), then you should measure 5 inches when cuffing in step 3 (this time excluding the hem).
    Here”s a diagram explaining this:

    Mathematical explanation following this example:
    Step 1: you want to remove 10 (7 fabric + 3 hem).
    Step 2: you fold and cuff at 5. This , so you add 5 to the total length (temporarily), now leaving the new fold at 5 (2 fabric + 3 hem).
    step 3: you stitch at the hem, which is at 2 from the fold.
    step 4: folding back along the seam effectively removes 2 and _adds_ 3 (the hem) – leaving you at exactly 5 – the amount you folded at step 2.

    I know it”s isn”t too clear but please, check it yourself.

    Thanks again for the tips!
    Lior from Israel

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  • 534. Marji  |  January 20th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for these excellent instructions. I”ve used them several times over the last few years.

  • 535. Sandi  |  January 22nd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for posting this. The instructions were easy to follow.

  • 536. Heather  |  January 24th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    thanks for posting. I have zero sewing skills and even I could pull this off.

  • 537. janie  |  February 9th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    What a neat trick! Just tried this and it worked great… Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 538. Julie  |  February 18th, 2011 at 4:11 am

    This works on all pants/trousers, not just jeans!

  • 539. Luiza  |  February 25th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    How can I copy just the directions for heming the Jean”s without having to copy all the comments. Love yor web site. Luiza

  • 540. Beth Lottig  |  March 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I tried it today, and it worked out great. It only took me about 30 minutes, and I am not an experienced seamstress by any means. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon this page!

  • 541. Mary Swartz  |  April 9th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    My daughter printed these instructions for me almost 4 years ago, and I cannot begin to tell you what a lifesaver they have been! I have become the “family hemmer.” :)

  • 542. hollie  |  May 7th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks! Just did it! Took 2″ off the length, preserved the edge and am totally psyched!

  • 543. Chantal  |  May 9th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I will never hem my jeans any other way. They look silly without the original hem and it is impossible to reproduce. I have been using the original hem for a long time, but never thought about just cuffing the bottom… I would always cut it off and then pin it back on… this sounds way simpler.
    Does anyone seem to have issues with the hem flipping up and exposing the raw edges? I press the seam, but on a few pairs, they don’t like to stay down. Any advice?

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  • 546. Karen Friend  |  May 17th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    You are amazing!! I’m only a 5 footer and just taken up 34 in leg jeans, they are perfect, thanks so much :) xxxxxxxx

  • 547. Summer  |  May 20th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This was a great tutorial. Never hemed anything in my life. Thank you for putting your tutorial on the web. :)

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  • 549. Pansy  |  June 1st, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I am just learning how to sew. I was looking for ways to turn my sons pants into shorts and I stumbled upon this. This is the greatest thing I found. My search is over. Thank you so much!

  • 550. Kathy  |  June 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    This is amazing. No more picking out the hem and trying to make it look like the original hem. Thanks for sharing and with pictures too. They pictures helped a lot.

  • 551. Jo D  |  June 9th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Worked a treat! Thanks

  • 552. Ernesta  |  June 13th, 2011 at 7:39 pm


    this is fantastic! Precisely what I was looking for!!! Thanks a bunch, guys. :)

  • 553. Buttercup  |  June 29th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hi. Mine came out wrong. Can I email it to u? When I flipped it back it looked like the hem is on the inside, folded, and peeking out. Thanks

  • 554. Judy  |  July 25th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Phenomenal! Thanks so much…I’v now hemmed every pair of jeans I own.
    The explanation provided was spot-on!

  • 555. TJH  |  August 4th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    This was fabulous! Done in no time……Thank you

  • 556. Elizabeth  |  August 10th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I like this way of hemming jeans. I have sewed for many years and this sounds like it is going to bre much easier. One technique I have used for going over the thickest parts of the jeans is to use a hammer and a block of wood. Place the block of wood over the inside of the seam and hammer until it is thin enough for your pressure foot to go under. If you still can’t get it thin enough remove the wood and hammer the seam without the wood. When sewing over this area use a longer stitch length and return it back to normal for the rest of the hem.

  • 557. Norene Brauner  |  August 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

    #3 of your suggestions can’t be correct. If a jean leg is flared, the bottom hem will be LARGER than the pant leg above it. So your hem is going to be longer than the new bottom. You would have to LET OUT the seam to match the hem, not TAPER IT IN. I believe you would have to make the hem part smaller or shorter to match the circumference of the pant leg where you want your new hem to be.

  • 558. Bernie D  |  September 8th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Thank you very much for posting this item. It has been a fantastic help to me. Best wishes to you for making my life so much easier.

  • 559. Karin Rapsch  |  September 17th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Haha…very clever!!! Glad I found this! THanks for sharing such a great hemming trick!

  • 560. Cidney  |  September 29th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you! I just bought two new pairs of jeans and unfortunately they are regulars and I am only 5’3″. I will be trying this soon :D

  • 561. Luiza  |  September 30th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    How can I make a copy of the tutorial only and not have to copy all the great comments? I am short and this is godsend for me. I love it. Thank You

  • 562. Maggie  |  October 7th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I actually came up with this way of doing it myself and then found your tutorial on the net! – which was brilliant because I could prove to my husband it would work before I altered 2 pairs of his jeans. Fabulous – all done and dusted in under an hour. Will share with all my friends – thanks :D

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  • 564. Ellen  |  October 13th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    WOW! I’m so impressed with this technique. Thanks so much. You just made my life much easier. The jeans are professionally hemmed. I’ve looked for such a way for 40 years. It’s never too late to learn something new.

  • 565. Luiza  |  October 13th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Love the instruction’s but how can I print a copy without having to copy 563 comment’s ?

  • 566. Her Craftiness  |  October 13th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    You could just print the pages before the comments start–I’d guess pages 1-4 would do the trick, or print to PDF and then remove the pages with the comments.

  • 567. B  |  October 23rd, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you, Ive tried this a couple of times….excellent! you just saved me sooooo much time!! Thanks Dacia!

  • 568. Leanne Leith  |  October 24th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    My daughter told me about this and I forgot how she explained it – thank God you posted it!

    The thing that’s great about this method is how forgiving it is – if you want to change the length, because you didn’t cut the fabric you’ve not done irreparable damage like with the regular method.

    And for pre-washed, distressed jeans you get to preserve the character that’s been worn into the factory hem.


  • 569. Jennifer  |  November 8th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I found this website while searching around the internet trying to find a way to hem my jeans without having to bring it a seamstress or have a sewing machine. This method is wonderful! It looks flawless and didn’t take much time at all! I have many jeans that are too long and this is very helpful to know that I can fix them all myself!

    Thanks so much for sharing this info!!!

  • 570. wilma Eichler  |  November 11th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I needed to shorten some jeans, so I googled and found this post. It’s a little old, but I’m hoping you will get this comment. The tutorial was great, and my pants came out perfect. Thanks!!!!

  • 571. Amanda B  |  November 13th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Several years after posting this, you are still helping us short people. I am needing to supply a complete wardrobe for a teen girl, and of course it is expensive. I used this method on some gorgeous jeans I got for $1 at a garage sale. Girlie and I are thrilled! Thank you so much for this post.

  • 572. cheleesa  |  November 30th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for that!!! It helped a whole lot!!! Thank you!!!

  • 573. Sue  |  December 10th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Will this work on dress pants?

  • 574. Her Craftiness  |  December 12th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    If it’s a fairly thick-weight, then yes. But, if it’s anything lighter weight than a jean, I would recommend hemming regularly.

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  • 576. Heather D.  |  December 22nd, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for this great tutorial! Just did this last night on some jeans for my nephew and they look awesome! Can’t even tell! Thank you for an awesome tutorial!!!

  • 577. Aimee  |  December 30th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you so much! I am prancing around my house in my newly hemmed jeans. This worked perfectly!

  • 578. jessica  |  January 3rd, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve never hemmed jeans before. I’ve only butchered hems on jeans before. After reading this, I successfully hemmed 7 pairs today. all beautiful. all now wearable. GREAT tutorial!!! thank you!!!!

  • 579. Terry H  |  January 10th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    WOW 6 years after this was posted, and I just found it and hemmed 2 pairs of jeans that I was not able to wear. I have to buy tall sizes, being 5’10″, but they are always a couple inches too long. Now my brand new jeans fit perfectly. Thank you so much.

  • 580. Terry H  |  January 10th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t know if I read this on here or another site, but after you hem the jeans it is helpful to lay the hem flat and hammer it from the inside. It helps the seams lay flat. I hammer the whole hem.

  • 581. Jenn  |  January 16th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh… my….gosh!!! I cannot believe how AMAZING this is!! I just got done holding my breath while hemming my first pair… I was totally scared to take them off the machine (I’m rather craftily challenged, and a sewing idiot), and they look FABULOUS. And the best part is, this even eliminates the problem of having to cut a hem in a perfectly straight line! I can just bump my measuring tape up against the original hemline, and I don’t have to do ANY cutting until the jeans are already sewn!!

    This completely eliminates the “idiot factor!” I swear… a monkey could do this… because that’s just about my skill level when it comes to sewing.

    YOU ARE FANTASTIC, and your photos rock. Thank you for making this fabulous tutorial!!! I Stumbled this for you, and I’m trying to figure out some way to follow you too. :-)

    Have a great week, queen of awesomeness!!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

  • 582. Jenn  |  January 18th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I am currently on a jeans-hemming rampage. I think you’ve created a monster. LOL THANK YOU a million times over!!

    Smiles, Jenn

  • 583. Gloria  |  January 23rd, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Great idea and thanks for sharing!

  • 584. Diane  |  January 23rd, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you. Just forwarded this to two sisters. The hemming process works great and so easy….even for an old time seamstress. The person asking about using a hem already cut off, should have no problem using it also. This is great.

  • 585. Heidi  |  January 28th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I’m a bit confused as to why you divide in half and pin twice. I see in your one picture the jean folded up once, but then the next picture there is only half. Can you pease help me understand how this works a bit better? Also, from what I understand the remaining jean is tucked up inside and not cut off, correct?

  • 586. Kyle Smith  |  February 7th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    You make it look so easy. I’m going to have to try this later and see if I can not destroy my pants!

  • 587. Tresa Spruce  |  February 15th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I am a terrible seamstress! We are all short legged so I always have to turn up, it seems to take me ages and never looks very good. So when my son had a new pair of jeans I decided to search the Internet for an idea of how to turn up easier and found this. I am over the moon!!! I have only done one leg so far, didn’t take me half the time I expected (even though hand sewing) and I am so pleased with the result. Thank you for posting this, you’re a life saver x x x

  • 588. Sally  |  March 1st, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Boy I thought I was the only one who had to hem my jeans. I can’t wait to try this.

  • 589. marion stone  |  March 8th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I just hemed my husbands jeans and your instructions worked great. do you know how to unravel a factory sewn hem? thanks i want to use the thread to shorten a skirt.

  • 590. HB  |  March 14th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hi, I am in desperate need to learn how to do a military style angled hem on my dress pants. Not sure if this is right place to come but I learned how to do the jeans like above from this blog!! I trying to get that clean “small break” in front look with back still resting above heel. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • 591. Kristin  |  March 16th, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I know these postings are from quite a while ago! But I’d appreciate any advice regarding where and how the best option would be to learn how to sew/hem pants, as a complete beginner. NO experience!!! All I’m necessarily interested in learning at this point is the basic hemming of pants/jeans. I don’t own a sewing machine yet, wanted to check reviews before purchasing one!
    Can anyone give me insight into their experiences, recommendations, etc…I would love to hear anyones input on this matter!
    Thanks to any and all comments :)

  • 592. BARB  |  March 16th, 2012 at 10:14 am


  • 593. Catalina Morak  |  March 21st, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hey this is a wonderful looking blog, is wordpress? Forgive me for the foolish question but if so, what theme is? Thanks!

  • 594. Her Craftiness  |  April 2nd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks! Yes, it is WordPress. The theme is: Blixed WordPress Theme. It’s been edited a bit, but not too much.

  • 595. Cynthia  |  April 5th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I just posted this question a minute ago and it appeared butnis gone now, so I will ask again, regarding yiur hint number 3 for flared legs.

    For a flared leg, I am very confused. You said to “Then, measure the circumference of the jean and the desired length you’re hemming it.” Did you mean to measure the circumference AT the desired length instead of AND the desired length? If this is not what you meant, could you explain what you mean?

    Also, could you explain this, “Open the side seam of the jean several inches above where you want the jean to be hemmed. Take in the jean to the same circumference as the hem”. The way I read this, we are to take the seam in at the place where we want the new hem to match the circumference of the original hem we will be reattaching. The leg is flared making the original hem a wider circumference than the position of the new hemline, so how do we take that seam in? Could you be a little more specific? And if you could use photos also, that would be most helpful.

    I love this technique for straight legged jeans, but mist are flared a bit. Would really love to do this, but am confused.

    Thank you so much!

  • 596. Her Craftiness  |  April 5th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Cynthia–yes, you are absolutely right! I have updated the instructions–hopefully they will be more clear now. Thanks! -Dacia

  • 597. neisha  |  April 10th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial!!
    I use it a lot since I’m short :p
    I love that I don’t have to make a new hem.

  • 598. Sewing Terms | DIY's&hellip  |  April 20th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    [...] the trimmed fabric through original   hem stitching after you press the new hem down. Please see this   site for a good example of how to hem in   this manner. (Suggested by Sandra via E-mail [...]

  • 599. Lolita  |  May 14th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Here is a good tip that I received from my mother-n-law on hemming jeans. In order to prevent breaking needles or skipping across seams when hemming jeans, take a hammer and beat the seam the depth of the hem this will break the fabric down allowing the machince to sew across the seam without breaking needles or leaving skips.

  • 600. Angie C.  |  May 23rd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Can I share a hint from the alteration shop where I used to work? When we would hem jeans, we would pound the thick side seams flat with a hammer before stitching. It sounds ridiculous, but it really did help with getting over that “hump” where you have a double layer of thick seams. There is also a little tool you can buy at any fabric store (or probably even Wal-Mart fabric department) that you put under the presser foot, to keep it from falling off the hump and leaving a long, stretched-out stitch. You slide it in from behind the presser foot as you approach the seam, and it acts almost like a ramp, allowing you to stitch up and over it without hitting the “hump.” Here is one example. Mine, that came with my sewing machine, looks a little like an H with a bend through the cross-bar, with a thinner end and a thicker end.

    Just thought I’d share a couple of “trade secrets.”

  • 601. Angie C.  |  May 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    There is a video showing the “clearance plate” or “hump jumper,” toward the end of the video, around 3:10 or so.

    This really helps with going over the thick layer of denim at the side seams!

  • 602. Kay H  |  June 12th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Love this way to hem pants. Wished I would have that this directions years ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • 603. steve  |  June 13th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Can I “undo” this hem,a tailor at diesel jeans hemmed them like this but now I want them longer again.

  • 604. steve  |  June 15th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I just had the diesel stre do this tuck and fold hem,it was too short,so had them teke ot the hem,noe their is a crease lind in my new dark wash diesel Zathans-anyone have a good idea how to make this whitish line less noticable? Like, are there indigo colored marker pens or something?

  • 605. Not Everyone’s Mama&hellip  |  June 19th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    [...] jeans look when they are hemmed by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing though.  These are the steps I want to follow to keep the original hem.  I’m hoping it works.  I have to hem up [...]

  • 606. Hemming Jeans | better of&hellip  |  July 20th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    [...] follow these easy steps from DaciaRay and you can alter your own jeans with [...]

  • 607. Holy Hem!  |  September 8th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This is sooo much easier than making my own hem. I’m good at sewing, by boy do I hate it! Haha.

    I’ve been putting off hemming these jeans for…10 months. Yep. Now they are 4 inches shorter! They look way better than I guessed they were going to. Thanks! You rock!

  • 608. natalie  |  September 25th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    To avoid having to iron the hem every time you wash the jeans, I’ve found that a simple top stitch right along the right-side hem line works really, really well! This method is super easy and undetectable – especially good for jeans with the heavy, white decorative stitching. I will never hem jeans any other way ever again. :)

  • 609. So, Apparently I’m Sewi&hellip  |  September 28th, 2012 at 2:41 am

    [...] to alter my own clothes? A coupla awesome blogs that helped (still help!) me are Dacia Ray for hemming jeans and keeping the original hem and Marisa Lynch at New Dress A Day for inspiration on altering [...]

  • 610. Joann  |  September 28th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    woo hoooo didnt think I would ever be able to hem a pair of jeans and I have done three pair this morning for my grandson ! Thanks for the wonderful tip .

  • 611. Lorah  |  September 29th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    This is fantastic. Thank you now my jeans will look like new.

  • 612. Nikki {Domestically Modern}  |  October 8th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I found it on Pinterest and decided to feature it on my Top 5 Pins of the Week post! Come on by to see it!

  • 613. Maternity style: The jean&hellip  |  October 10th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    [...] These jeans are from Mamalicious, a Danish maternity wear brand available in the UK and Western Europe. They have a dark rinse and a low rise, a bit of stretch, one button and no zipper, and a stretchy navy blue waistband that comes up high over the belly and feels nice and thick. As with all European pants, a good six inches had to come off the hems, a feat I accomplished myself with the help of this fantastic tutorial. [...]

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