How to Hem Jeans: The Easy Tutorial

Keya Harper
by Keya Harper
6 Materials
15 Minutes

So your jeans are too long but you don’t have time to go to a tailor? You can make a professional look for hem yourself, without a chain stitch machine.

Just follow this easy tutorial.

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Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Topstitching thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Mallet (optional)
  • Sewing machine
Cutting and pressing hem

1. Cut and press the hem

Trim the hem to length plus a three quarter inch (2 cm) seam allowance.

Double turn the hem allowance and press it well.

Lining up

2. Line it up

Thread your machine and bobbin with a contrast topstitching thread, if you have it, or a strong regular thread. 

Use the same color for the upper and lower thread.

Line up the groove in your presser foot exactly on the fold.


3. Sew

Start sewing slowly and carefully along the fold line on the inside

Guide any frayed threads inside the hem as you sew.


Check that your stitches are smooth and even before you sew too far.

Dealing with bulk

4. Deal with the bulk

When you get to the thickest sections, slow right down.

If you find the bulk is too thick for your needle, you can beat the fabric flat with a mallet or cut away some of it from the inside of the hem.

How to hem jeans

How to hem jeans

How to hem jeans

And that’s it. You didn’t need to buy an expensive edge or chain stitch machine. The hem will warp over time so you’ll see the slight twist in it that’s typical of a jeans hem.

Are you going to give it a try? Comment down below.

 Next, check out my Quick Understitch Tutorial for Sewing Beginners.

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Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Topstitching thread
  • Scissors
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 14, 2024

    So I have to cut the side seam before I hem? How do I reset the side seam?