The Not-So-Nerdy Way to Hem Jeans

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  1. Newlyfrugal says:

    Kayla, this is ingenious! Thanks for the tip. This will save $7 to hem each jeans at the local taylor shop.

  2. Ange says:

    Kayla, just last week, I started hemming t-shirts this way…thought I had invented something new, lol…then cut the excess & zigzagged. I even did one with a decorative stitch on top. Everything is too long for me, as I am under 5ft, so this is the ideal way to hem t-shirts & avoid stretching out the fabric. I’ll have to try it on jeans!

  3. Oh, how ingenious! And I almost killed myself the last time I did an outing in my too-too long jeans. You’ll never know how many emergency room visits you might save with this tip!

  4. Pretty cool way to hem one’s pants

  5. Taylor says:

    What a great idea! I always hated home done hems but this is the perfect solution! Thank you!!!!!!!!


  6. Kel says:

    In the future– using stacks of books to aim, the camera self-timer can be your best friend.

  7. Alicia says:

    How brilliant! I have to try this ASAP. At 4’11” (and a half!) I really need to learn how to do this. :)

  8. Renee says:

    Thank you sooo much! I tried this out on a pair of skinny jeans and it worked out great! Do you have to re-press them everytime you wash them???

  9. Kayla K says:

    A bit of iron-on hem tape will keep the fold in place. Otherwise yes, it would be good to iron them with each wear.

  10. Jackie says:

    Freaking Awesome!! cool tip i never thought of that.

  11. Laura Lee says:

    Thank you so much for this great tip. I just finished hemming a pair of my favorite jeans. They look great! Awesome! Thanks again.

  12. Alta says:

    Cool! Very helpful for someone short like me!

  13. Witty Wife says:

    Can you show a close of picture of the finished hem?

    I’m a little confused. (But also super excited because jeans are ALWAYS too long and regular hems on jeans look silly.)

  14. I’m going to have to try this! Short jeans are still too long for me. This should fix that!

  15. Amy says:

    This is the only way I’m going to hem jeans from now on! Fantastic.
    I have a lot of jeans to hem, too. Grandchildren, husband, children, and mine! I’m short!

  16. Katie Gold says:

    That looks so easy! I have always just turned my jeans up and had a doofy looking cuff that never quite stays where I want it to. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Johnny says:

    OMG! I’ve been spending the last year almost cussin my short leggedness and too long jeans and rolling them up and trying to tell myself it’s “cool like james dean” type cool….. NOW I can hem them!!!! I was too intimidated before worrying about that wierd hem and the thickness! you’re a life saver! thank you!!!!

  18. Jutsine says:

    Thankyou! Ever since buying my favorite pair of jeans from the buckle and being told their seamstress can alter them while keeping the original hem I have wondered how this could possibly be done… It drives me insane. Now I can go back to sanity and fix all my super long jeans (I hated being short until now :D

  19. Sharon D says:

    Great idea, can’t believe I didn’t think of this. I’m a historical reenactor and children’s dresses were made purposely longer with this type of hem called a “growth pleat”. As the child grew taller you could let the pleats out 1″ (some theory is that the hemlines started just below the knee at age 6 or so and would be lengthened 1″ per year), so it was not uncommon for a dress to have 2 or more such growth pleats.

  20. Rikki S says:

    Quick question… If my cuff folded is 2 inches, will I still divide that amount by half? It seems like a lot of extra fabric to keep on with the original hem to bottom of pant being only 0.5 inch as it is. Just thought I would ask before I started hemming, if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks

  21. Fonda Brugger says:

    If you have quite a bit as in 3 inches could it be cut and then turned the same way? It seems that a few inches would be in the way?

  22. Michelle says:

    my mom and grandmother taught me to hem this way years ago (we are all under 4’11”) it works great for growing children also

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