Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hemming your jeans while keeping original hem!

   Hey everybody! I'm back! Well sort of.. I would love to be but I'm still not sure as to how often I will be able to post :( But me and family are back in Texas! We are renting a house for now, we have cars for my parents, my dad is back at his old job,  me and my sister have been in school.. Things are going pretty well! Anddd I have my first job! I am very excited! I am starting at Spring Creek sometime this week :) Which brings me to this tutorial! I bought a pair of  jeans for me to wear to work but because  of my short self, they were in desperate need of hemming. So I hemmed them and thought I would make a tutorial of it in the process! I know there are other tutorials out there like this but its always acceptable to make your own, right? :)

Ok, so lets get started! 

Basically you want to be able to fold the original hem back, and to then have that line up with the ironed line on the back. Its a bit hard to see since the ironed line is under it, but if you think about it a little, it's all common sense. Comment if you don't get it! I might try to do a video or something.

   And you're done! :) Ask questions, comment and all that! Hope it wasn't confusing or anything!

   Ps... The container is coming from France soon! Sometime around the middle of October! Which means I get my twenty or so containers of fabric and craft supplies! Which will hopefully mean more blog posts :) So excited!

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  1. I just found your blog and I think our style is almost the same. I love sewing and I've made a few pieces you would like and maybe copy them. So this is my tumblr where you can find them:

    hope you visit it :)

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  3. So I did this today, with good results overall except that the length was too long. I had to play with it a bit to figure out what went wrong. I think the inaccurate info in the instructions(other instructions I've seen say the same thing) is the step where you unroll them and roll them up "about half-way. This can be really wrong depending on how much you're planning to hem. I think a better description is to roll them up the second time exactly the same minus the exact amount of the original hem. For example: if you are trying to hem 3" (your original iron mark is 3" from the bottom of the original hem) and your original hem is 1/2", then you will roll them the second time 2 1/2". This way, when you sew and then iron the original hem back down, your original hem will end at exactly the place your first iron mark was. Rolling back up "about half" in this scenario would yield you jeans that were still an inch too long. I love the pics you've posted and the instructions other than this one little thing were spot on. Thanks for blogging.

    1. Agreed. I'm a professional seamstress and have been doing this alteration on my own and others pants for years.
      I always put on the pants, put on my most common pair of shoe that I would be wearing with them, mark the desired length by rolling them up and sticking a safety pin on the fold.
      Then I remove the pant, turn the leg INSIDE OUT and measure from the top of the original hem to the safety pin.
      From the very bottom of the original hem I measure up that length and mark it all the way around using a colored chalk to mark a stitch line. This way takes in account the EXACT measurement of the original hem.
      Then I turn the pants RIGHT SIDE OUT, fold the hem up and match the chalk line to the bottom of the hem and pin.
      Also, coats & clark make an actual "Denim" thread that is thicker and is mix of blue hues which blend into most light/med washed jeans, and is PERFECT for the top stitching step. Its sold at most craft and fabric stores.

  4. Super!!!!Thank you for the idea and step by step post!
    Enjoy your week and happy new year!!!:)

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