Comments: Hemming Jeans Preserving Original Hems - Problem Solved!

awesome! since I'm a shorty this info comes in very handy. Love your site, btw. :-)

Posted by carrster at October 3, 2004 8:50 PM

Glad you figured it all out! Very mysterious indeed... what would we do without blogs? :)

Posted by michelle at October 3, 2004 9:13 PM

i don't know about brilliant... *blush*
i saw that on not martha too and i thought, yayy, i'm right! as punishment, i've been asked by a few friends to do their jeans now. YIPES!
I have found out it's a little bit difficult if you're trying to shorten them more than a few centimeters on FLARES...hmm.....

Posted by becca jo at October 4, 2004 10:42 AM

okay, if you're embarassed by brilliant how about "very, very smart"?

i was thinking that re: the flares. Seems like you'd have to cut the original hem and trim off the extra, then re-seam it.

thank goodness parachute pants never came back, or we'd really be in trouble!

Posted by jess at October 4, 2004 10:55 AM

Here’s why I’m not 100% sold on this method.
If you are a short person such as I,
You end up w/ a lot of jean fabric that ends up being folded over. This web site suggests cutting this excess and leaving a bit over to allow for fraying in the wash. I don't like the fact that the jeans are going to fray in that manner. And what if you wan to roll your jeans up once to have a cuff. You end up either w/ a weird lip of fabric, or this strange looking fray disaster. Anyone have any solution to this problem or is it something we just have to live w/


Posted by greg a at October 12, 2004 12:53 AM

You're right about the cuffing problem, Greg. I don't think there's any way around it unless you cuff so much that you fold the hem under once.

But as for the fraying, maybe you could do this:

Before you cut (or maybe even after), sew an extra seam about 1/4 of an inch away from the cut. I am just guessing, but I bet a seam would stop any excessive fraying, stray threads, etc.. I've seen this done on those (in my opinion) awful pre-frayed denim shorts and skirts sometimes sold at Gap and like establishments.

I'm 5" and I didn't cut the extra fabric in my jeans yet. I shortened about 4", i think. It hasn't been too annoying so far.

Posted by jess at October 12, 2004 8:47 AM