I am not a tall person. According to my husband, I’m not short, I’m “fun-size!” This means that jeans don’t usually come in the right length for me. I have tried buying the “Petite” sizes but they just don’t fit right – they are usually too short. It seems that I am somewhere in the middle of regular size and “fun-size!” So I have to buy regular sized jeans and hem them to the right length for me. In the past, I have hemmed jeans using that special tan colored thread made for top-stitching on denim, but it just doesn’t look the same. I came across this technique for hemming jeans and now this is how I always do it! I find that it is helpful to use a heavy duty needle, but other than that, no special thread or machine is needed. If you have a zipper foot, it is helpful, but not necessary.
Start by measuring the amount of length that needs to be removed. Fold it up and press it in place using the steam setting on your iron. This will give you a nice crease. I like to use a seam gauge to make sure it is even all the way around.
Stitch as close as possible to the original edge. See photo above. This is where the zipper foot will come in handy. It helps you to get really close.
Turn it to the right side and press well (using a steam iron.)
(Look closely where the yellow arrow is pointing at the photo above.) As a finishing touch, sew about a 1″ length of top-stitching using matching thread on the front of the leg and the back of the leg just to hold the hem in place.
Then, on the inseam and outer seam, stitch in the “ditch” using matching thread. This keeps the new hem laying nice even after laundering. It will not be noticeable when you’re wearing the jeans, unless you are really looking for it.