My daughter is pregnant for her first baby, and she is very petite. Rarely can she buy a pair of jeans that doesn't need to be hemmed. She recently gave me a pair of her maternity jeans and asked me to hem them. These particular pair of jeans are capri's, but the technique for hemming is the same.
Fold up and pin hem as shown
Using a seam guide, pin hem all the way around the leg
Do not cut fabric yet! With hem pinned in place,
stitch right smack dab close to
folded edge of the original hem
Once stitched, this is how it will look
Cut from fold up to about 1/2" from the new stitching line
Place jeans in serger and following the new stitching line
stitch all the way around the leg opening.
All excess fabric will be automatically cut off
and seam will be overcast.
Fold overcast seam to the inside of jeans
and press with an iron
Top leg of jeans has the new hem and
bottom leg of jeans has not yet been hemmed.
If you look closely, you can see a tiny tuck
just above the original stitching line of the jean hem.
I think the results are fabulous!
If you don't have a serger, you will need to cut off the excess fabric about 1/4" or 1/2" from the new stitching line and then zigzag the cut edge to finish off.
I hope you find this tutorial very beneficial! It's really a quick and simple technique and it saves you a ton of money from paying a tailor or seamstress to hem your jeans. You really don't want to run the risk of them maybe not using this technique and ending up with a pair of very expensive jeans that have a very expensive stupid-looking hem!
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