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Hemming jeans
So yo can still have that jean style hem
Susan C
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Date: 9/14/04 3:35 PM

I have to hem some jeans for my daughter but she wants to keep the jeans style hem rather than just turning the pants up and cutting of the excess.

I know some tailors do this but am not sure of the technique.  Does anyone know if it would work for me to cut the hem off with a 1/4 " hem allowance, then mark the hem plus 1/4" hem allowance and then sew the two together?  Thanks



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Date: 9/14/04 6:03 PM

I think that I'm not quite understanding the jeans style hem you have in mind, but IF this helps:  I do jeans hems all the time for my husband (he needs shorter pants as his tummy expands! lol) and I cut them off leaving them 1 1/8" longer than the finished length will be.  I turn up 1/2", then turn again 5/8", pin and sew it down using an orangy-gold thread.  I apologize if we're thinking two different things :p

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Date: 9/14/04 7:56 PM

I read somewhere how to keep an authentic (meaning slightly rippled) jeans hem... was it in Threads? You could try the   Threads website. I went there but their search wasn't working.

Good luck,
Mel

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Date: 9/14/04 8:00 PM

I'm a big fat cheater.  I get the same stiff "jean" hem look just by serging the edge (I leave a 3/4" hem allowance), fusing it up with Steam A Seam (the heavier, not the light) and then topstitching at 1/2" with heavy thread.  The best part is that the hem never rolls like a traditional jean hem.

If the jeans are distressed you can distress the hem a little with sandpaper or a pumice stone.

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Date: 9/14/04 8:30 PM

Susan, I think I know what you mean--you want to preserve that oh-so-perfect fade pattern.  I think that you are right about the technique, and the seam is not very noticeable.  To hide the seam even more, you could undo the original topstitching, make the seam very close to the topstitching line, then topstitch using "jeans" topstitching thread on the original topstitching line.

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Date: 9/15/04 7:39 AM

One of the jeans stores that does free alterations does it this way (which I copied so I didn't have to make a second trip).  I fold the excess up behind and stitch on the wrong side as close as possible to the hem with a zipper foot.   I don't cut any off immediately in case DD is not happy.   If it's not too much hem, it could be left to use for shrinkage or growth -- depends how they fall.  It isn't perfect, but was usually satisfactory for her, and she's pretty particular about her clothes.

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Date: 9/15/04 11:31 AM

thank you all!  I've got several good techniques here.  I might try all (she only has 5 pairs to hem!;) and see which one I like the best.  Thanks again, all.

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Date: 9/16/04 8:25 PM

Here is a cute site demonstrating "how to hem jeans the cool way!"Hemming jeans

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Date: 9/16/04 9:36 PM

That's interesting.  Has anyone tried this?  I'm wondering what it looks like after it's washed and if this requires pressing every time.   Ironing isn't a top 10 item for me, especially jeans.

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Date: 9/21/04 1:22 PM

Thankyou Susan, I just tried it out on Jeans that were to long and it worked out super. What a quick way to shorten it and it looks very neat after ironing it flat. ;)

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