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a technique to seamlessly shorten and hem your jeans
the jean dilemma
You have a pair of jeans that have a special worn effect, and fit you perfectly in all ways, except –theyare too long and need to be hemmed. Since you certainly don’t want to walk around with a glaringly“ohh, you shortened your jeans”look, youneed ahemming techniquethat will blend seamlesslywiththeexisting, worn cuff.
The hemming technique iseasy,but different from how pants are usually hemmed. Just follow the easystepsand special notationsto achieve a beautiful alteration.
the sewing materials
-two sewing threads, one colorthat matcheswith the denim at the jean cuffonthe outside and anothercolor that matchesthe backside;-general sewing materials including: scissors, straight pins, sewing machine with a “denim sewingneedle”, a pencil or tailor’s chalk, tape measure, ruler, iron, seamripper.
-Press your jeans.-Markthe new lengthand measure the excess.
note: A common mistake is hemming jeans too short. Keep in mind that denim is cotton and itshrinks. It takes a few wash and dry cycles before they stop shrinking and the lengthstabilizes.
-(Photo on left) Cut the cuffs off,¾”above the cufftopstitchingdetail.-Allowing fora ¾” seamallowanceon the leg, calculatethe excess(addingthe cuff,andsubtractingthe seam allowances.)Then with a ruler and tailor’schalk, mark the cutting line on theleg andcut off excess.