How to Hem Jeans

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Aurora Sisneros presents new techniques for hemming your jeans. Learn helpful tricks to sewing through thick parts in the jean and find out how beneficial it can be to have a friend available to speed up the process. Use these awesome tips when you are hemming your own jeans.

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11 Responses to “How to Hem Jeans”
  1. MArise

    Great. Wish I had a pair of jeans to shorten right now. Will remember this advice for my mending business that I’m setting. Got any advice for me on the mending front? Marise

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  2. Millie Schwandt

    A better tip for going over the seams would be the use of a shim, either a hump jumper or a piece of fabric behind the needle under the foot to level the foot from the back. Also, if you use a larger size (90/14 or 100/16) jeans needle would help most machines penetrate those thick fabrics.

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  3. Laurie

    Have a few issues with this as a sewing professional. The first is; for this type of hem you USE MATCHING THREAD! Contrasting thread will show, yes even from a distance when stress is on it. And leaving side seams not stitched? Not only will it rip out, but those gold threads will really show. Denim/Jeans needles of good quality, recommended by your machine manufacturer or a dealership will make it easier. Marise as far as your business goes, Decide just how far you want to go, eventually someone will want a custom garment. Have your price list of what you will sew made up. The are some good books available on how to price. Don’t undervalue your work; don’t sew for less than you need to pay your bills. If you charge for your work, you are a pro. Always do your very best, customers will expect no less.

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    • Laurie

      Forgot to mention, the machine was moving around during the demo. I use a piece of the soft, waffle like ‘shelf liner’. Usually get it at the dollar store.

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  4. Sydney

    That’s not exactly how the jeans hemming works. Doing it that way will result in jeans being too short.

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  5. Barbara

    This only seems to work on straight leg jeans if they flare the old hem is wider than what you’re sewing it to. Use a hump jumper or a thick piece of cardboard under the back of the foot to get past the hump. Use a safety pin to mark the hem so you don’t get poked taking them off.

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  6. Michele Lewin

    Thank you for the technique. But, there is such a thing as a “hump jumper”. I use one all of the time to hem jeans. It fools your machine into thinking its sewing over a level surface.

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  7. Laurie

    Responding to Sydney, She is showing the correct way to hem this when measured correctly it works, my customers would tell you so. And yes this is best done on a straight leg but with a little manipulation it can usually work on a flare leg.

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  8. Stephanie

    You don’t have to have another person to pin them in the way she showed. Just cuff them up (fold so the extra fabric is on the outside of the leg) and then pin them yourself to the correct length. Take the jeans off and measure the height of the cuff. Now fold them the way she showed, using your measurement divided by two. So if you need the jeans to be two inches shorter, the cuff would be one inch when measured from the edge of the hem (the place where you will sew) to the fold. Basically you are first measuring the total amount to be hemmed, then divide that by two and cuff it the same way she did but use the number you calculated to be the amount in the folded area that is the flap that you fold up (or cut off if you prefer). The measurement is explained well in this video:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4d4CCD_8ebw
    Also, use thread that matches you jeans color, not white thread unless your jeans are white.

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    • Stephanie

      And you can use a Jean‑a‑ma‑jig to help sew easily over the hump of the seam. Use a larger gauge needle to make sewing the heavy fabric and thick layers easier to sew and you will be less likely to break the needle.

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