Hemming your jeans is a great way to add style and flare to any pair of denim. Whether you’re trying to achieve a custom look or simply need to make the hems of your jeans shorter, hemming them with a sewing machine can be an easy and stylish solution
. In this blog post, we’ll go over the step-by-step process for how to hem jeans with a sewing machine. We’ll cover the supplies you need, tips for getting the perfect hemline, and more so that you can create the perfect look.
Let’s get started!
Gather your tools:
If you’re planning on hemming your jeans with a sewing machine, you’ll need to gather a few supplies first. Here’s what you’ll need:
A sewing machine that can handle denim fabric
A sharp pair of scissors
Tailor’s chalk or a fabric pen
Once you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to start hemming your jeans!
Measure the jeans:
To measure the jeans, you will need a measuring tape and a pencil. First, put on the jeans and use the measuring tape to measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the leg. Write down this measurement.
Next, measure from the inseam (the seam that runs along the inside of your leg) to the bottom of the leg. Write down this measurement as well. Finally, measure from side to side across the waistband. Again, write this measurement down.
These three measurements will give you the size of the jeans.
Cut the fabric:
Most jeans are made from denim, which is a sturdy cotton twill fabric. Denim is woven tightly and doesn’t unravel easily, making it ideal for sewing. To cut the fabric, you’ll need a sharp pair of scissors and a cutting board or surface.
Lay the jeans flat on the cutting board or surface. Use the scissors to cut along the length of the leg, following the natural curve of the fabric. Cut as close to the original hem as possible.
Once you’ve cut both legs, turn the jeans over so that the backside is facing up. Fold one leg in half so that the two sides of the leg are touching each other. Use the scissors to cut along the fold, creating a mirror image of the first leg. Repeat with the other leg.
You should now have four leg pieces. To finish the cutting process, trim away any excess fabric from the hems and seams.
Now you’re ready to start sewing your jeans.
Sew the jeans:
Assuming you already have a pair of jeans that fit well and are the correct length, start by cutting off the excess fabric from the bottom of the pant leg. Cut as close to the original hem as possible so you don’t have to do too much sewing.
Next, use a sewing machine to sew a new hem. Start by folding up the fabric about an inch or so and then sew a straight line along the fold.
Finally, use a lighter to fuse the hem
Optional: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can also hem your jeans using a needle and thread. In this case, you’ll need the same supplies as above, plus a needle and some regular thread.
Finally, cut along the waistband to remove any excess fabric.. This will help keep it from fraying in the wash.
And there you have it! Your jeans are now professionally hemmed and ready to wear! Trim any excess thread and you’re done!
Finish the jeans:
Assuming you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, there are just a few steps to hemming your jeans.
First, cut off the excess fabric at the bottom of the jeans. You can either do this by cutting straight across or following the natural curve of the fabric. Next, fold up the fabric so that the raw edge is hidden and pin it in place.
Then, using a denim needle and thread (or regular thread if you don’t have a denim needle), sew a straight stitch along the pinned edge. Start at one end and sew slowly until you reach the other end. Trim any excess thread and you’re done!
Your jeans should now have a nice, finished hem.