If you enjoy wearing jeans, then this article is for you. Jeans are a popular choice for wardrobe for most people no matter the age. They are an excellent choice for a casual affair or if you are going out for a night on the town.
What is also great?
It will not be necessary to find a seamstress to make those alternations.
Fortunately, jeans are one of the most effortless pants to hem. The process is straightforward and easy to learn and requires minimal sewing, especially if you have access to a sewing machine.
This is great news.
Especially since jeans eventually, make an excellent option for a pair of shorts.
Things You Must Know On How To Use Sewing Machine to Hem Jeans
Using a standard sewing machine is both the easiest and fastest way to hem your jeans. It is quick (the project will take about 30 minutes to complete), and your jeans will withstand numerous washes and everyday wear and tear if you use the right stitch.
Make sure to use a thread that matches the color of the jeans. Also, use a heavy-duty (or a denim) needle.
To prevent the edges from fraying, stitch along the edges after cutting. You can use either a serger or a zig-zag stitch along the edges.
Using a pin, give yourself a ½ inch seam to work with, all the way around the jeans.
Make sure to backstitch at both ends of the seam. Trim away all the loose threads.
For a professional and cleaner look, sew gold thread around the borders of both legs. Keep in mind to use a straight and even stitch because the colors of the tread will contrast with the jean material.
Step by Step Process on How to Hew Your Jeans Using a Sewing Machine
Step 1) Knowing How Long Will the Pants Be
The first thing you must consider is what will be the length of your jeans. The most obvious way would be to try them on and determine the length that way. Once you figure out what will be the ideal length, you must measure, on both legs the inseam. Once you have a measurement, you must mark both inseams of the pant legs using either a chalk line, pin, or a fabric pen. Now measure out the distance from the mark to the hem. Turn up the hem of each leg using that mark and pin in place.
Try on the pants to see if the hem is the right length. The hems need to be parallel to the ground and the same height on both legs. No one wants to have a pair of jeans where one leg is longer than the other. That would look silly.
Step 2) Adjust
If wearing boots and heels are an essential accessory for you, it helps to have the back of your jeans a little bit longer, for a better fit. If this applies, make the necessary adjustment. After the length is determined and fastened by a pin, steam press the hem to get a defined crease.
Step 3) Cut Excess
Using either fabric pen, chalk pen, or tailors chalk mark a line 1 1/8” above the pressed hemline (a pen could be used as well since the line should never show). Cut away any excess hem.
Step 4) Marking
Once you determine the location of your hem, use a piece of chalk to mark it. The pants need to be unfolded since a clear mark needs to be placed on both legs. Starting from the previously made hemline, mark three lines at ½ inch intervals down the pant legs.
You should now see four white chalk lines going down each pant leg.
Step 5) Fold the Hem
Take the pressed hem crease and using it as a guide, fold up the raw edge to the crease line.
After unfolding the hem, tuck any excess fabric from the folded cuff inside the leg of the jeans, making sure to fold the first hem down. You should now see the outer sides of the jeans. There should be a small amount of fabric visible along the edge of jeans on the inside of the pant leg.
Make sure to try jeans on ensuring the correct fit.
If there are no plans on lengthening the jeans in the future, you can cut away the excess fabric.
Now, cut the fabric about one inch away from the newly created seam.
Step 6) Pin the Hem
Take the pants leg and fold the hem one more time. Place a pin to hold the fabric in place.
Now place straight pins all around each pant leg to hold the fabric in place. Recheck to be sure that the seam lines are on both pant legs and that they are even with each other.
Step 7) Start to Sew Using the Machine
Now to the final step. Start and continue the stitch as close as you can to the folded edge. Since you will be working with a thick layer at the side because of the double turned hem, a clearance plate should be used to level off the sewing machine foot. This will keep the stitches straight and even as you go over the thick material.
Use light pressure on the pedal to get the stitches started, gradually increasing speed if the fabric is sliding along well. Use the handwheel if the fabric gets stuck.
Now there you have it — an effortless and quick way to hem your jeans. Being able to hem your jeans is not only a great way to save money, but will also make you a better friend, because you can save them money too.