Video Tutorial: Hem Jeans Fast and Easy

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Here is our first ever video tutorial! Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel for more great videos! In this video, not only do we show you how to hem your jeans fast and easy, but we show you a few different ways you can finish the look according to your preference (thanks to the many comments from our amazing followers on our original hem jeans fast and easy tutorial found here). You can also see our post Tips on Finishing the Jeans here for more information on each sewing method mentioned. Enjoy and happy sewing!


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37 comments

  1. This is great, and so easy! I wish I'd seen this before I hemmed my jeans. Will definitely use this method again. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. Oh my goodness how easy!!! For years I have worn high shoes instead of hemming...not anymore Thank you!!!

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  3. FOR me and my new pants I've been procrastinating hemming. Thank you--->Thank you.

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  4. What a great idea! I've been sewing since before you ladies were born and never thought of this!! One suggestion I would make is to try on the jeans after sewing but before cutting, just to make sure you are satisfied with the length. Now, time to go hem some jeans!

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    1. Exactly, I do it the hard way....cutting it off, and re-stitching the hem. If the hem stitch was in a different color than the denim you always had the problem of finding the right color thread, not to mention using many many thick layers to stitch through at the side seams and it never looked just right. This method makes the finished product look perfect - -because it's the original hem, just moved up a few inches.

      FYI, fabric stores and WalMart carry a denim colored thread now, it's multi-hued blue to match the many hues in traditionally-colored denim jeans.

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    2. This works much better than the way I'd always done it, which was to cut off the bottom and re-hem completely. Many jeans have different coloured thread for top stitching on the outside side seams and hem (and pockets, etc) and this eliminates the need to match the thread, because all you are doing is moving the original hem up a bit by taking a tuck in the bottom. I will be doing this from now on out as it eliminates the need to stitch through up to five layers of denim at the side seams....and it never looked as good as the originally-stitched hem. Your home sewing machine just doesn't have that "oomph" to get through those thick layers!

      FYI, if you look, you'll see that many fabric stores and WalMart now carry a denim colored multi-hued blue thread, which matches traditional blue denim.

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  5. Definitely not easy for somebody as clumsy as I am. My mother was a seamstress, and I have never seen her do anything this complicated.

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  6. It really works! Now i was able to hem my 3-year-old jeans. Wonderful result - you made my day! love and hugs from germany!

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  7. Thank you so much. My son won't let me hem jeans never wron but because this is so fast I dont have to pin all around both legs maybe he'll let me

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  8. I have to hem everything I buy, this is a fantastic idea. Thank You.

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  9. I have to hem all my pants, and this is a super idea, thank you.

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  10. I don't wear jeans, but my husband and son does so now I know how to more easily make a new hem. Thanks! :o)

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  11. I don't have a sewing machine, would it be disastrous if I tried to do it by hand?

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    1. No just make sure you loop your thread around the needle a second time so you make a knot on each stitch.

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  12. Excellent "How To Video" I actually just hemmed my new jeans using your method, Thanks!!

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  13. Excellent 'How To Video'. I just hemmed my jeans using your method and they are perfect! Thanks!

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  14. Great video – what an awesome idea! I am taller and have never need to hem but some recessive gene made my daughter petite so her pants are always to long unless we buy short or petite (not always easy to find). I have been paying the alterations lady way too much for years to hem. THANK YOU! One other option I thought of while watching your video: use pinking shears when you cut the excess fabric – they are zigzag edged scissors that sewers use to cut fabric, prevents fraying.

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  15. Such an amazing idea! And it looks so much easier than I would have thought. Also, just have to say I'm loving those cute shoes at the end of the vid! Thx for sharing~

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  16. What if you don't have a sewing machine?

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  17. Thanks for providing up this wonderful video tutorial that is really wonderful and hopefully this video tutorial helps me to learn the real things. Thanks

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  18. thank you, I am one of the short people and this is a great way to shorten my pants. The video was a helpful, wonderful addition.

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  19. I just tried this on my husband's pants, but they were still too long. When you stitch along the hem & fold the hem down, the hem hangs down below where you wanted them to lie.

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  20. I've hemmed so many jeans, but your way is way better than mine! Thanks!

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  21. Thank you! I just hemmed five pairs of maternity pants and FINALLY feel like I'm wearing my own pants again!

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  22. Does this work on pants other than jeans?

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  23. I would suggest marking where you want the new hem to be on each pant leg, rather than measuring from the first one. I have one hip slightly higher than the other, and one thigh that is fuller than the other. The effect is that I need one pant/jeans leg to be about 1/4 inch longer than the other for them to be even.

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  24. Does this work for flare jeans?

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  25. I wouldn't recommend it. If you brought the flair in at the side seam it could work out.

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  26. Fantastic! When I think of all the years I fought my machine trying to stitch over the thicknesses after I cut them off and folded the hemline up to topstitch it! DH was inbetween inseam lengths, so over many decades, I hemmed a lot of jeans!

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  27. No need to stick a pin inside the fold up--just stick a pin in and mark the spot when you take the jeans off.

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