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Hemming Jeans

Desiderata | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi All,
I am posting this link for hemming jeans, found it on another sewing forum, the language is German but the pictures should be self-explanatory. Hope you find it helpful!


After posting and testing the link I think it is necessary to add that after you cut the original hem off and shorten the jeans to the required length, then you re-attach the original hem. Somewhere in the post is the maximum length which can be removed from the jeans legs, otherwise you will find that the width of the legs changes and the hem might no longer fit.

Edited 11/8/2005 3:10 pm ET by Desiderata


  1. mygaley | | #1

    Thanks to you and all who answered this question.  I am a "process person" who always wants to know how everything is made.  When I first heard of this method I lay awake nights trying to figure out how it was done--I feel much better now.  Mygaley

  2. DebJ | | #2

    Thanks so much for the link. I have a German friend who can even translate for me. But the pics are certainly enough to get the idea. I think that if too much has to be cut off, then you have to start fiddling with the side seams, which really gets into a bigger alteration than just hems. Thanks again.


    1. supermacxx | | #3

      "Pictures are worth a thousand words."  As a beginner, I never would have figured that out...now, I'm dyin' to try it! 

      Ironically, my sister-in-law bought a new pair of jeans the other day and needs to have them hem taken up.  Maybe she'll let me hem them!  I'll let you know how it goes.

  3. acrrola3 | | #4

    I just tried this and love the results. The hems look great.

    1. Desiderata | | #5

      Super, good to know you used the info.
      Thanks for the feedback.

  4. linenboyz | | #6
    4571.4 in reply to 4571.3 

    After doing alterations and custom sewing for ove 25 years, I was asked to do this type of a jean hem.  I'm not sure I would have wanted to see my face when I asked her, "You want me to do what?"  She was my Vietnamese nail gal and I thought I was missing something in the translation!  No, she knew exactly what she wanted to have done and this was it! It sure was easy once I sat down and did it but I fretted over the fact that I was being told what to do and how to do my "job"!  These pictures sure would have made that job so much easier!  Thanks for sharing!  linenboyz

    1. acrrola3 | | #7

      I fretted and fretted over this hem, because you had to cut the jeans to the finished length you want.  I was so afraid that I would ruin my new jeans if the hem didn't turn out well.  I stewed and stewed about how to do it and I finally just did it.  Like you, it was much easier than I expected and looks so nice.

      1. DebJ | | #8

        Hi Desiderata,

        I did eventually do the hems. I was even able to buy the December issue of threads magazine with an English description, however, the German link along with pics was more understandable!! Thanks again, and by the way, my client just loved the way the hems were done. I can't wait to do them again to really perfect them. I really appreciate your sharing.


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