I actually learned this technique while working at a denim retailer. It is the absolute best way to hem your jeans without losing the detail of the bottom hem.
BOTTOM OPENINGS: When altering a pair of jeans you always want to consider the bottom opening. Straight leg denim is the easiest because you don’t alter the bottom opening much as you take off the length. A flare-leg, for example, would become a smaller opening as you took off length and a skinny-jean may become wider at the hem if taken up in length. It’s important to look at this before altering!
SHRINKING: If possible it may be best to wash your denim first. Even if you don’t dry them (which I wouldn’t recommend) they may still shrink up a bit in length. Definitely try this before altering so you don’t make them too short!
Here is a quick tutorial on the technique I use.
The jeans I am altering are for a little boy and he needed quite a bit taken off the bottoms. This was a straight-leg style so it didn’t alter the bottom opening much.
This spot marks the desired length:
Have you ever tried this technique before?
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