Are your pants always too long on you? Tired of paying to have them altered? Wondering how to DIY? Well you have come to right spot! I took a pair of wide leg jeans that were too long and I will show you how to hem them perfectly in only 10 steps! Pay attention as this process is different depending on the leg opening of your pants!
FYI-The original hem on these jeans was about 2” wide…
Step 1: Put on your pants and measure your inseam on your body to see where you want the pant hem to hit. Tip= Try to have someone help you because as you bend over to measure you will be hiking up the pants slightly which could throw off your measurement. Put a mark (either in tailors chalk or with a safety pin). Tip= Be sure to wear the shoes you want as heels will differ from flats
Step 2: Take off the pants and draw a straight line across where the pin/mark is using a ruler. Do on both legs.
Step 3: Rip out the original hem using a seam ripper or small scissors.
Step 4: Decide on the width of your new hem and draw a chalk line from the Finish line to there (this will be your Hem line). Tip= Since these are wide leg pants you cannot do a wide hem without having to also take in the side seams so I decided to keep it a 1” hem instead of a 2” wide hem.
Step 5: Add your seam allowance (I left 1/2”) after the Hem line (this will be your Cut line)
Step 6: Cut along your cut line
Step 7: Fold on the Finish line and press flat with an iron
Step 8: Fold under the 1/2” seam allowance of the Hem line and pin along the edge. Then press this flat as well. Tip= Be sure to miter your corners before you pin so there is not a lot of bulk on the stitch line.
Step 9: Stitch the hem down right along the edge of the hem line. Tip= Use the same color thread as was originally on the hem or if you want a contrast go for it!
Step 10: Turn pants inside out and press flat! Voila! Perfectly hemmed jeans!
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