Hemming Jeans

I recently had the opportunity to hem the jeans for Tiffany Ivanovsky who has been featured on TLC's Extreme Couponing!

She will be wearing the jeans on Rachael Ray soon! She hasn't been on yet, but as soon as the video is up, I'll post it here. It's pretty cool that "my" jeans will be on national TV!

So, in celebration, I'm going to bombard you with pictures of the jean alteration process as well as a video of my new sewing machine in action!

Here is the original hem.

Hem after being fearlessly severed from the rest of the jean.

Original hems cleaned of all topstiching and ready to be reattached.

Original hem after being reattached!

Sewing the topstiching back on!

Here is the video of the new Juki 5550. It's short and a little choppy, but I was videoing it one handed while trying to insure that I didn't sew through my fingers... which yes, this machine is capable of! Oh, and it's sewing through 12 layers of denim here... yeah.

Finished jeans with the original hem!

So there you go! Hemming while keeping the original hem is as easy as 1..2..3.....4...5...6 ;-)

Happy crafting!


Hannah said...

Any tips on how to keep the original top-stitching? I always run into trouble when jeans have fancy top-stitching using thread I don't have or such.

Victoria said...

Yep, measure the length that you need to take out (3 inches say), then take 2x the hem width (1/2 inch hem x 2 = 1) and add them together. 4 inches total.

From the edge of the hem, mark 4 inches up the leg. Fold the hem down to the mark and make both legs even.

Sew on the right side of the thread on the back side of the hem. Then flip the extra denim back into the jean so that the hem is in the proper place again.

Sew with navy (or light blue if the jeans are light denim) on the left side of the thread to keep the fold in place.

And you're done!

I'll post pictures of this process soon too :-)

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