Visiting the thrift store down the street is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy hunting through the racks, looking for that one special piece. I love the uniqueness you can find when thrifting and, of course, the deep discounts.
One thing that can be a little challenging no matter where you shop is finding something that fits you perfectly. This is especially true with jean lengths. While I am not short, most premium denim comes in extraordinarily long lengths which makes tailoring mandatory. Since visiting a tailor kind of defeats the point of thrifting in the first place, I love this simple technique to hem jeans by hand. This method is amazing because there is no cutting involved, plus the original seem is kept intact so your jeans look brand new!
Save yourself time and money with this simple tutorial. Don’t worry if you can’t sew, this method is perfect for those just starting out with the thread and needle.
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Learn to Hem Jeans by Hand
- Jeans (of course!)
- Sewing Pins
Decide how many inches you would like to take off. Divide that number by two and fold the pant edge up like a cuff. Example: If I wanted to take off four inches, my cuff would be two inches long. Pin in place.
Using a back-stitch (very easy – watch this Youtube video to learn how), sew directly under the original seam. Continue around the entire leg. Tie off and cut your thread.
Fold the cuff down and iron flat. If the fabric inside falls down, tack it up with several stitches on the inside of the pantleg.
Yay, you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?