It never fails, you find the perfect fit in jeans and they are too long. Go ahead and buy them. It is very easy to hem jeans yourself. You just need the proper tools.
Sewing Supplies Needed
- Sewing machine
- 90/14 sewing needle or denim needle
- Gold Sewing Thread
- Hump Jumper or small piece of thin cardboard
- Optional: edge stitch presser foot
Set Up The Sewing Machine
Thread your sewing machine with the gold thread which is available in any fabric store.
Replace your sewing needle. It doesn’t have to be a denim sewing needle but make sure it is new. Old needles are prone to breakage. Changing a broken needle in the middle of sewing a hem is frustrating.
Lengthen the stitch length to 4.o. Most machines default to 2.5 which is too short for hemming jeans. Plus you want to match the stitch length to the other stitching on the jeans.
Some sewing machines have a triple stitch which will give you a thicker stitching. Otherwise, use a straight stitch.
If you have an edge stitch foot, place it on the machine. I like the edge stitch foot because of the bar in the middle of the foot aids me in stitching as close as possible to edge of the hem and keeps my stitching even.
If you don’t have this foot, use the regular presser foot. You can use the edge of the foot as your guide.
Prepare The Jeans
Prewash jeans to remove any shrinkage.
Determine how much length you need to remove from the jeans leg.
Cut off that amount minus 1 inch. You need to the the one inch for turning up your hem.
Turn up the jeans leg 1/2 an inch. Press using the steam setting on your iron. The inside seam is very thick so use lots of steam to press it in place.
Then turn up the hem 1/2 an inch again. Press again. You may have to use straight pins to hold the hem in place.
At The Sewing Machine
I always sew the jeans leg inside. This allows me to see the hem edge and stitch closely to it.
Begin sewing the jeans leg. Sew slowly.
When you come to the bulky seam, put the hump jumper underneath the presser foot to level it out. This evens the foot with the height of the bulky seam. Allowing the presser foot to glide over it.
If you don’t have a hump jumper, use a folded up piece of cardboard underneath the back of the presser foot.
After sewing over the bulky seam, remove the hump jumper. Continue sewing around the leg. Backstitch when you have reached the beginning of the stitching.
That’ s it. Easy. Now repeat the process for the other leg.
In my photos, the jeans I was hemming needed less than an inch to be removed. So I just turned up the hem and pressed before stitching. That’s why you see the previous hem on the jeans.
Now go ahead and enjoy your newly hemmed jeans.