I just wanted to drop a note and let you all know I'm headed out of town for 5 weeks. I'm not sure if I'll have time to post or not while I'm away. Holiday travel and visiting family is next on my agenda.
As many of you may remember, I made a post a few months ago on how to hem jeans keeping the original hem . If you have forgotten, you can check it out here.
I have hemmed a few pairs of jeans that way and really like the outcome. However, it does take a bit of time. So today I tried another method for hemming jeans and keeping the original hem at the same time. I thought I would share:
Step 1: Try your jeans on to decide exactly how much you need to take off. Divide that number in half and fold jeans up (bottom will be wrong side out). I took 3 inches off my jeans, so I folded them up 1 1/2 inches. Pin around both pant legs directly under the original hem.
Ste 2: Use a zipper foot to sew a seam next to the old hem line. Do not catch any of the old hem! It will not lay correctly.
Step 3: Iron your seam flat. Do this by laying your hem down and extra fabric up.
Step 4: Once your hem is pressed flat, top stitch above the hem (the upper side of your first stitch line). This will give your pants a more finished look and will help your hem lay flat.
Step 5: Cut away the extra fabric. You can zig-zag stitch the unfinished edge to help keep fray in check. I did not do this in the picture.
Finished! I tried this method out on a pair of jeans I wanted to wear today. It was very quick! Can't beat that. The finished look is okay, but I still prefer my first method's appearance seen HERE . You can be the judge and pick the method you prefer! Good luck and enjoy those new pants!