How To Hem Pants And Keep The Original Hem

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How To Hem Pants And Keep The Original Hem

2 November 2016
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There's nothing worse than finding a great pair of pants that fit perfectly everywhere, except they are about 4 inches too long. If you're a little on the shorter side, finding jeans that fit your length may be a little difficult. Hemming them is an option, but you don't want your jeans to have an ugly hemline. You may not even notice that some pants (dress slacks) have been hemmed, but jeans are easier to see. You can hem them and keep the original hemline, and you don't have to be a seamstress. See below for instructions on how to hem your jeans (or any pants) and keep the original hemline.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron (and ironing board)
  • Hemming pins
  • Fabric ruler


  1. Try on your jeans and add hemming pins to where you want the jeans to sit. Try them on with your shoes (both flats and heels) to be sure they are at the proper length. Stand up straight and pull them up at the waist so they are the proper fit. If need be, ask a friend for help with this.
  2. Next, take the jeans off and roll up the pant leg so the original hemline touches just above the pins you just put in.
  3. Sew a line along the bottom of the original hem all the way around the pant leg using your sewing machine. To ensure your pants will not fray, sew using the zig zag option all the way around the pant leg just beneath the line you just sewed.
  4. Try your jeans on again to ensure the hemline you just sewed is correct. If it is the proper fit, take your jeans off and cut the extra fabric off using the fabric scissors about a 1/4 inch below the zig zag stitch. The area below the zig zag stitch may fray, but the rest that you sewed will not.
  5. Unroll your jeans when finished and use the iron to iron your jeans so the seam lays flat and unnoticed.
  6. Repeat all of these steps on the other side. Use your fabric ruler to ensure both legs of your jeans are even.

Hemming your pants can be done easily and you don't have to be a seamstress to get the job done. Use these tips and instructions to hem your pants—including your jeans—to create a hem that will go unnoticed. If you don't feel comfortable hemming your pants yourself, contact a company that does alterations on clothes.

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