How to Keep the Original Hem When You Shorten Your Jeans

You know, a girl really has to watch out for that “Sewing Paparazzi”. Those photographers just waiting for a shot of a self-proclaimed Renegade Seamstress using the wrong needle or not finishing a seam correctly.

They almost got the perfect “money shot” of me the other day. It would’ve been like snapping a picture of the Pioneer Woman making Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from a blue box.

But it was worse than that, they almost got a picture of me…..gasp……horror of horrors…..



Ok, now don’t act like you’ve never done it before, or at least thought about doing it. But, in my defense, look at how long they were. Clothing manufacturers must think by my hip size that I’m seven feet tall.


But there is a way to shorten your jeans and keep the original hem. It’s actually quite easy to do and looks way better than a few shiny staples.



Click here for the step by step photo tutorial.

Thanks to all of you who click and go over to eHow to check out my published posts. I’m especially thankful when you pin the articles and make comments on them.

Last week’s winner of The Refashion Handbook is…

The Refashion Handbook

Kalamity Kelly! Send your address to and I’ll be sure to send a book out to you ASAP.

For more refashion and sewing inspiration:

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to How to Keep the Original Hem When You Shorten Your Jeans

  1. Margie says:

    This is so clever! I bookmarked and pinned this so I can remember. Thanks.

  2. saved also…sounds easy enough…and will look even better!

  3. Char says:

    I have been doing this with my jeans for years. Love it! Hemming them that is, not the staples. heheheheheee

  4. I have pinned- I have jeans hanging on my sewing chair for taking up so I will use this method. Brilliant

  5. Just took up jeans using your method – I am so happy with thie the result.Wish I had learnt this 20 years ago haha

  6. I did several of these fancy jeans with the cool hem…..but now my little nieces have grown and want me to remove the hem to lengthen them. EEEK! I am worried their will be a faded line, any suggestions or am I worried over nothing?

  7. Ann says:

    This was nice trick!I just did this to my jeans yesterday and they turned out to be really good!
    My mom tinks I can create anything and she wants me to lenghten her jeans!!I have no idea what to do..I remember some jeans makeovers we did here in Finland in 90’s but they don’t look that nice anymore 😀

Your comments make me happy!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.