Being short, hemming pants has become a fact of life. Rarely does a pair fit me perfectly in length even if it’s “made” for petites.
At the regular tailor shop, it’s usually $10 per hem with additional charge if you want the original hem attached. In Chinatown, I’ve been quoted $5 per hem, which is pretty cheap, but my Chinese isn’t always that great and finding parking is a pain. In the past, my mom would hem my jeans for me, but it’s about time I do it on my own. After all, it’s free and I can finish it whenever I want instead of whenever I’m home (like major holidays and special occasions).
So here’s my quick how-to for hemming jeans. I don’t care for having the original hem, so this tutorial will not discuss adding back the original hem.
By the way, the jeans I’m using for the tutorial is the Rock & Republic “Scorpion” Urban Utility Bootcut Jean in Size 24.
- 1 pair jeans
- matching thread of the hem
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine
- Measure amount that you need to cut and cut off with fabric scissors ( I cut off 5″ from the bottom)
- Fold jeans over about 1/2″ and use a basic straight stitch (I used a 1/4″ hem because that’s the length of the original hem of R&R jeans) – the orange thread
- Fold jeans over again 1/2″ and sew a straight topstitch – the gray thread
- Cut off excess thread and iron seams to make sure they are straight.
Here’s the final product and how it looks on me: