How to hem jeans {{Tutorial}}

This is such a quick and easy way to  hem jeans! 
It is GREAT for kids jeans too….I’ll show you at the end but the hem can be undone so when they grow and need the length back..YOU HAVE IT!
What you will need :
Sewing Machine
The How to:
Start by putting the jeans on your “model”
{thank you husband}
Pin the jeans 1/4″ shorter than you want them to be
You can see how much I folded these up
Next (with out undoing your fold) bend the original hem down to the bottom of your fold
pin in place all around 
It will look like these once you are done pinning
Now sew right along the fold and the original bottom hem
(i used a zig zag stitch but you don’t have to)
now repeat the same thing on your other leg
see you can’t even tell :)
Now here’s the great thing about this type of NO CUTTING hem…
When you need them longer again
(lets say when your child grows)
simply unpick the hem 
and you still have the full original pant! 
Just wash and iron down smooth!

Great way to save money in alterations or having to buy jeans they grow out of so fast!!
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    Heather at Happy Chippy Junk says:

    Hey!! I hem more jeans then I'd like to admit!! Here is the way I do it (not my blog) I love that it keeps the stores hem…and looks so dang tidy!! Happy Hemming!

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    Love Stitched says:

    That is pretty much exactly how I hem mine also! Thanks for the tip Heather :)

  3. 4

    I do mine this exact same way! I love it!

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    ificould says:

    Yeah!! I was so excited to see this tutorial- can't wait to try it!!

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    ificould says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I've been trying to figure out how to hem jeans- especially without cutting! Featured this post today.

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    This is so smart! I was putting off hemming some linen pants because they shrunk so much after I washed them the first time. Still too long, but I worried they would shrink again. I will hem them this way, and if they shrink it's no big deal. Thanks so much for the tip!!
    Heidi – Heart and Home

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    So so so smart! What a great post! You make it look so easy that I might even be able to do this!

  8. 9

    Very clever! I love it – I'm pretty petite, so I'd love to try this out.

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    Sarah B. says:

    I'm bookmarking this! Thanks for sharing (especially the pictures!)

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    Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hey Brittany-
    This is the best tip I have come by in a long while. I can't tell you how many jeans I have ruined trying to hem them. This is the best idea thank you, thank you. It is so easy, yet I am not the best sewer and would not have come up with this method.

  11. 12

    That is awesome!!! Thanks for the tutorial, really like how you kept the cute bottom!

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    Alycia (The Curious Pug) says:

    woo hoo!! thanks for posting that! i just found a pair of brand new jeans i haven't even taken the tags off of that are way too long and i am going to have to use this tut to make them fit. thanks!!

  13. 14

    They look great. I'm 5'2" so I will be using this tip.

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    The Autocrat: Haley says:

    What a great idea!! Love how you still kept the distressed edge of the jeans!! Totally using this idea! Thanks!!

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    Stephanie Cameron says:

    that is super clever! We're a tall family…so I don't know how much I'll use this. But it a good trick to have up my sleeve. Thanks!!

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    CRAZYMOM says:

    Great idea! I am so scared to hem jeans! But being short, I can sure use some hems!lol Thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa Anne says:

    I've been dying to know how to hem jeans,being the shorty that I am. For my son I should never have to have this problem because he's so tall. I always wondered how you sewed them without cutting them. DUH stick the leg hole around the sewing machine.

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    Being a 5' tall professional seamstress, I hem a lot of jeans. You are a genius. I will be hemming jeans your way from now on. Love it!

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    Just found your blog thanks to this tutorial. I had to hem my daughter's jeans and I so appreciate your instructions! It was super easy… BUT she has a pair of bootleg jeans that I don't think this technique will work for because there is more material at the bottom than at the part where I want them to be… any ideas?

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    I'm pretty sure you just saved my life….I've always had to hem my dd's pants and the jeans always fray, even if I fold twice and sew. And then she they end up being too short eventually. Thank you! I'm over from #UBP11 looking thru your blog…

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    mommy2luke2008 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I definitely need to do this with every pair of jeans I own! I featured this on my friday favorites!

  22. 23

    I am wondering if you need a special needle on your sewing machine to do this?? Also what kind of thread? I quilt so hemming is something i'm afraid to try.

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    Ashley | Domestic Fashionista says:

    wow…I have to hem ALL of my pants. Thank you.

  24. 25

    I’ve never thought to hem this way! Love that it leaves the possibility open to unhem/rehem them. Thanks!

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  26. 27

    aren’t there crease lines where it was folded, one at the bottom and higher up, when you take down the hem for length?

  27. 28

    I hate to sew and put it off as long as possible.

    This great hint sounds so easy, that maybe those long pants
    will get hemmed now.

    Thanks for the tip.

  28. 29

    You are a genius! I wish I had found this a LONG time ago. I will never ruin my jeans again by cutting them too short. I’m so excited to try this method!

  29. 30

    This is really slick I am impressed :) it is a nice finish for a pant leg. Thank you for sharing :)

  30. 31

    Found you on Pinterest. This is a great tutorial! I used it and blogged about it. Gave you a shout out!

  31. 32

    This looks so easy!! I HATE hemming my husbands jeans. I have to cut off at least 2″ to 3″ every time! I went out today and purchased him a new pair jus so I could try this technique! Thanks

  32. 33

    I love this!!! jUST DID A PAIR OF JEANS for thr first time!!! So easy!! Sure wish I had known about this sooner!!

  33. 34

    I found this tutorial via Pinterest. I just used it to hem a shirt that was too long (then I cut off the excess)! Awesome & easy to follow tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  34. 35

    doesn’t the inside part that you folded up fall down, or you catch it on your foot when putting on your pants?

  35. 36

    Great, but what do you do with the part you have folded up into the leg?

  36. 37

    I have been searching for an easy/quick way to hem jeans. I have broken so many needles doing it the old way, that I just resort to hand hemming. Your method and directions are the best. Your spot where you show the new hem pinned down to the original was the cinch.

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    Thank you for sharing this! I just used this to hem three pairs of pants!

    Would you mind if I shared your method on my blog? I’ll write my own instructions and use my own pictures.


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