So many of you have wondered how to hem your jeans by using the original rolled hem.
I had never done this before as I hadn’t personally had any customers ask for it.
My own daughter asked me to hem hers that way.
So, who better to try a new technique on than my own offspring?
Based on her recommendations, which corresponded to some of your instructions, I hemmed her jeans in no time.
I’ve always written posts based on alterations I have done before.
Some of them I’ve done hundreds of times.
But, this is the first post where I am a rookie.
So, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your technique for getting this done.
(Update January 12th: Here is a photo of my daughter’s jeans using two different techniques:
The technique for the leg on the right (Technique #1) is described below.
I did the left leg based on instructions that a friend gave us in the comment section and I’ll include a link to her site at the end of this post.
There’s also a third technique which I will link to at the bottom of this post as well.
As a side note, you most likely will be sewing over thick seams on your jeans. My suggestion is that you use a Jean-a-ma-jig. It makes all the difference. Read about it here and come on back here to learn the techniques of How to Hem Jeans Using the Original hem!
The basic idea is that I am going to cut off the old hem and re-stitch it farther up the pant leg.
The new seam I make will next to the stitching on the original rolled hem.
Let’s take a look at this technique step by step.
First, I had my daughter try on the jeans.
I folded up the jeans and pinned the denim where she wanted the bottom edge of the hem to be:
Next, I pressed that bottom edge with an iron:
(Yes, you could turn the hem to the inside and press it the other way, but this edge isn’t going to show later, so I eliminated a step by just pressing it as is.)
This pressed edge will be our guide to show us where to stitch the new seamline for the hem.
The next step is to trim off the original hem edge.
I don’t want to cut right next to the rolled hem edge because that wouldn’t give me any seam allowance and I’d have to sew over the big hump of fabric at the hem.
I decided that one inch allowance gave me enough “insurance” and gave the hem enough extra fabric so that the hem doesn’t roll to the outside while wearing the jeans.
So, I cut the jeans like this:
Do you see the extra fabric I have to the right of the scissors?
I cut it far enough away that I can make a seam allowance.
That’s the amount that is crucial to the success of this hem. Make sure you give yourself enough denim.
As I mentioned, I gave it an inch.
This is what it should look like, completely cut away from the jeans:
Next, you’re going to match this “circle of denim” right sides together to the pant leg.
Match up the side seams.
then, pull the “circle” down the leg (up the leg?) like this and pin below that pressed fold:
Now, we’re going to make sure it is in the right spot.
Fold up that original rolled hem and peek under the cut edge to make sure the rolled hem edge lines up with the fold that you pressed earlier like this:
Looking at the above photo, the pressed folded edge is lined up with the rolled hem edge. You just can’t see it because the rolled hem is covering it up.
But, it’s there, under my thumbnail.
Everything from the top of my thumb down, will be what the jeans will look like when we’re finished.
Is this making sense?
Ok, holding that rolled hem edge very carefully, so that nothing slips, unfold that rolled hem edge and put a pin in that spot like this:
You’re now going to sew right next to the rolled hem edge like this:
Just make sure you don’t sew over any pins.
Take them out before that happens!
Now, fold the raw edges under to the inside of the jeans.
From the right side of the jeans, the new hem should look like this:
This is what it looks like if you peek inside the jeans:
My raw edges are not finished yet.
I want my daughter to try them on first, before I trim anything or finish the edges.
This is what they look like after I pressed them on the outside:
Ok, now you’ve seen this first technique.
If you’d like to learn the technique for the jeans on the left side of the first photo, jump over to Blankenmom’s website and see how she does it.
My daughter liked Blankenmom’s technique better.
I do too.
It seems like the hem will stay down better and not flip up.
It also encases the raw edges, which is another plus.
Thanks again, Blankenmom!
We all learned something new.
****If your customers prefer a hem that doesn’t use the original edge, here is a post on How To Hem Your Jeans the Professional Way.