Monday, November 12, 2012

How to Hem Pants with the Original Hem

I'm a shorty. Never in my life have I found pants that are the correct length for my short little legs. In the past I have just suffered through frayed hems, tripping and tearing off the pieces that get too dirty. I never liked hemming pants because it usually involved cutting off the original hem, and that made pants know...hemmed. But no longer! A few years ago I found a wonderful tutorial online (which has disappeared somehow so I'm sorry I can't give credit where credit is due) and want to share my little tips and tutorial with all the other short-legged people in the world!

Ok, I recently found a gift card from my birthday (or was it last Christmas? Either way, FREE MONEY!) and decided to put it to good use on some jeans....I was so excited to wear them I just whipped off the pants I was wearing and got to work (I put on sweats in case you were wondering...) and after I took the pic I realized my 6 month old left me a little present....

I would also add to determine your hem with your shoes ON. I did this particular pair of jeans with bare feet and they are a TAD shorter than I usually like. I can still wear 'em and I love 'em, but I would love them more if they were a TAD longer. See the irony here?

Can you guys read those tiny directions up there? Let me help...

Step 2: Fold your pant leg up the amount of inches you need to hem. 
Step 3: Subtract 1 inch and lower the fold.
Step 4: Pin your fold in place.
Step 5: Lay your pant legs over on top of each other to make sure they are the same length.

If your machine has a removable base (they all should, right?) then remove it to make room for the pant leg to rotate under the foot.

Step 6 is how the magic happens! Be sure to sew just below the original hem, but as close as you can get!

Step 7 is indeed optional! I like to cut off the excess because then the hem will lay a bit flatter but if you keep the fabric then you can always lengthen it over time. This is a movable hem!

Ta-da! New pants! Although these were a tad short for me, they are perfect for flats or flip flops! Always have options, right?


  1. Fabulous!!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tip!!!!! I'm taking it to my seamstress the next time my jeans need to be shortened. :)

    xoxo laurie

  2. FREAKING fantastic!!! I can't WAIT to try this! just pinned it!
    being 5'2" and short legs, even when I can by short length jeans, they're usually still too long, especially too long to wear with flats!! I'm SO excited about this!! thanks again!!

  3. This is such a brilliant idea! I can't believe I never thought to do that. I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)


  4. that is so awesome of you to actually posts this and take the time to take the pictures and everything...i worked at an alteration shop and that is where i learned how to do is so helpful!!!! thanks for sharing...:) also if you serge the inside of them it is a much cleaner finish if the jeans are going to be permanent...


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