How to shorten jeans, while keeping the original look!
Has this happened to you? Your new jeans look great...but they are a little too long. You could just cut them off and re-hem them, but the typical jeans’ look would be lost. There’s a better way to do it! We’ll show you how to save the original look.
1. Mark half the amount by which the jeans are to be shortened (= 2 cm/ 3/4“ in our example) on the wrong side of the fabric of each pant leg, above the hem. Fold the pant leg along this marked line, with the right side of the fabric facing in, press, pin, and baste. Make sure that each side seam is folded exactly back onto itself.
2. Attach your sewing machine’s zipper foot to the right of the presser foot bar and set the needle for the left position.
TIP: Use a jeans needle for denim. It's made especially for sewing jeans.
3. Pull the pant leg over your machine’s free arm. Stitch right next to the inner fold edge of the existing hem. Tie-off the beginning and end of the seam with backstitching.
Now press the fold up, inside the pant leg. Tack the fold to the side seams by hand, if desired. Since the seam lies directly above the stitching line of the hem, it is virtually invisible from the outer side of the pant leg.
TIP: If your jeans need to be shortened considerably, you should trim the fabric to 1.5 cm – 2 cm (5/8” – 3/4”) from your stitching and then finish the cut edges. When finishing the cut edges, always lay the seam allowances of the side seams in the direction of the stitching. When you finish the edge, you can use either your sewing machine’s three-step zigzag stitch or an overedge serger seam.
To shorten flared pant legs, we recommend opening the side seam first. Shorten the pant leg as described above. When you re-stitch the side seam, you can even out differences in the width of the pant leg.
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