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March 18, 2020
Ever found the best jeans and they fit your perfectly in every place EXCEPT the length? And if you wanted to get your jeans hemmed it would cost you extra. An original hem, at most stores, is when they cut the hem off, and RE-SEW it back on. It’s like $20+ and only worth it if it has a really fancy hem that you don’t want to remove.
I rarely have my pants hemmed and instead just roll them, or didn’t bother buying ones that were way too long. BUT, then I decided to figure out another way. I’m 5’2″ and know my way around hemming my own jeans, I just take scissors to them. WHAT?! Yup! I do this to just about all of my jeans and they they are perfect every single time.
So how do we do it without ruining our jeans, and keeping things even and washing them? Easy. Just take a pair of scissors to them and be done.
If you want a more technical process, here’s how I do it to ensure a perfect cut every single time.
Duh. You want to put them on and also with the shoes you’ll be wearing with them most. Then you can see how much needs to come off. I also recommend washing them at least once as well as dry them as you would normally (I always hang dry mine so they last longer). Many jeans will shrink up a bit so it’s important to be hemming the TRUE length of the jeans.
While wearing the jeans, start to cuff them inward until you’re at the length you want. Do this in front of a mirror and continue to stand up straight to see where you’re at.
Once you have your pants cuffed perfectly where you like, take your chalk and mark the edges. If you don’t have chalk, you can also just place a needle in them and then take them off carefully to keep the cuff in tact. I use chalk because you can easily mark it in several spots and it’s easier to see.
Take your pants off and lay them on the ground so you can line everything up. I like to make sure the pants are perfectly laid out and even. Then I double check that I’ve marked my jeans in the same spot on each side. I just use my ruler to make sure we’re close. Nothing needs to be perfect, I promise.
Yes, it’s that simple. Take your sharp scissors to your jeans and start cutting. Just go slowly, make sure you’re staying in a straight line and near your chalk marks. I always go a bit below the chalk mark just to be safe.
It’s that easy! Enjoy your newly hemmed jeans. You’ll love them even more when you wash them and they begin to fray a bit and look like the perfect raw hem denim.
A few questions I always get about hemming your jeans are…
No they won’t fall apart, but yes they will fray some. Which is kind of nice. It leaves a raw hem and there’s nothing wrong with that. Once you wash them once, you’ll see some good fraying and it shouldn’t get much worse.
Well the good news is, you don’t really need to. Once they’re on and start to fray, you won’t notice if it wasn’t a perfectly straight cut.
Then that’s on you, buy a new pair. But seriously, I’ve never had an issue with this process and I’ve easily done it to a dozen pairs of jeans. This is also why I recommend cutting BELOW the chalk mark and testing it out if you’re nervous. You can always cut more, you can never add to them. So if it’s your first rodeo, take a little off, try them on. Take a little more off, try them on again.
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