Hemming Jeans Without Looking Stupid

**Update!** The solution has been identified! <-- click here

A while back on a visit to the Earl Jean store in Soho, one of the clerks told me that there's a way to shorten jeans so as to preserve the original hem. If you've ever tried to hem jeans the usual way, you know what I mean when I say it looks like your mommy just bought you some brand new pants from Kmart. Can anyone provide info on this? This brief and unhelpful board discussion was the only thing I found via google.

Posted by jess at June 24, 2004 11:55 AM

I have no help to offer (sorry!) but I sure would love to see the answer, because I am a shorty and have to wear kids' jeans or look like the new kmart jeans kid all the time....

Posted by: Giao at June 24, 2004 1:01 PM

i, too, am unhelpful but found it somewhat amusing that i immediately thought of your post on - i'd read it earlier today and not realized you'd started the thread!

oh well. good luck.

Posted by: julie at June 24, 2004 7:53 PM

hmm....the only thing I could think of is a kind of pintuck?
without actually trying this I don't know if it would work but....
determine how much you want to hem (let's say two inches for this project)
turn the jeans inside out,
measure up one inch from the top stitching of the cuff, fold that part in, and iron. then turn right side out (keeping that part you just ironed folded over) and stitch with the same color thread that the top stitching on the original hem is done, as close to the original hem as possible....take two passes to make sure it's secure.
Then take dark blue thread to tack that pin tuck inside the leg, or if you're confident in your stitching, you could probably cut it off, with about 1/4 inch of hem to account for fraying.....

Posted by: becca jo at June 25, 2004 9:26 AM

According to the queer eye guys if you take you pants to get altered ask the talior to save the hem and put it back on. so maybe if you took them to an alterations place it shouldn't cost to much.

Posted by: Aimee at June 30, 2004 8:33 PM