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Lately, the trend with jeans has been thick stitches and wear on the bottom of the hem. What happens if the jeans are too long, but you want to keep the detail at the hem? You pinch hem the jeans. I’m going to show you how on a friend’s pair of jeans.
1. Measure how much you need to shorten your jeans. These jeans need to be shortened 2 inches.

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

2. On the inside of the jeans, mark HALF of the amount up from the stitching line. These jeans needed to go up 2 inches, so I marked up 1 inch. (I didn’t have time to redo this so I’m sorry the picture is wrong. Really, mark on the inside of the jeans; it makes it so much easier.)

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

3. The line you marked is the foldline. Fold the fabric up on this line and pin.

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

4. Sew with matching thread between the stitching line and the fold. (Sew between the two black lines)

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original
5. Turn the fold up into the leg of the pants. Because my fold is only 1 inch long, I didn’t trim any out. If your fold is longer, cut out some of the fold and finish the edge.
Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

 6. Iron the hem. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

7. Sew an 1/8″ above the fold. I like to move my needle over to the very left and then keep the fold on the center line of my sewing foot. I know everyone has different feet so do what you’re comfortable with. Make sure the thread is as close in color as possible.

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original
8. Then tack the fold at each seam.
Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original
The left picture is what the tacking looks like on the inside. The right picture shows the tacking on the other seam.
Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

This is the end result. You can kind of see the topstitching above the other stitching, but from far away nobody can see it. Now your pants are the right length without looking like they were hemmed!

Pinch Hem: A Hem That Looks Like The Original

Author: Heather