Friday, October 25, 2013

So Sew! Euro Hem {hemming jeans}

Welcome to day 25 of our 31 Days sewing series! Today I'm telling you about the time I cut $100 jeans.

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It is ok, I totally meant to do it! =) Sometimes jeans need to be shortened to fit the person wearing them, but if they have a decorative hem you don't want to lose that either!

The hem you need is called a Euro hem, which allows you to use the original hem. Today I'm teaching you how to do it!

{And yes, the first time I did this it was on $100 jeans...yikes! You might want to start on a cheaper pair - although mine turned out fine. Phew!}

Start by measuring exactly how much you need taken of the bottom - where you want the new hem to be.

For these, I needed to take off 4 1/2 inches.  Measure and mark that on the jeans.

You are going to cut right at that four-and-a-half mark. That seems wrong, I know, but trust me!

Remember you need to keep the actual hem intact, so don't cut through that! You can trim off any extra fabric, only need about this much, enough to sew it back on.

Now measure how wide the actual hem is.

This one is 5/8". You aren't going to sew right up against the hem, though....I find it lays better if you sew your seam a smidgen bigger. So measure exactly where your seam is going to be. This one is 3/4".

Now go back to your pant leg. This part may sound kind of weird, but trust'll see how this works as you do it.

Measure up 3/4" {or whatever your determined hem width is} from the cut edge of the pant leg. This is going to be the line  you will sew on. You won't be able to see this line, though, so measure up another 3/4" so you can line things up. Remember, just trust me on this!

Then, with right sides together, line up your hem with that top line.

Then sew the predetermined 3/4" from the bottom of the hem. See how the hem covers up the line you need to sew on? That is why the second line is necessary to keep things in place.

Now your pant will look like this on the inside. There is still some extra fabric here!

So I serge the edge and trim that all off. This really needs to be finished off in some way, otherwise they will fray and come apart eventually.

And it is done! Here is the right side...

The hem is obvious in this picture, but after being washed and ironed, the fabric will relax into place. No one will ever know!

Out of all the hems and seams we've talked about, this one is probably the most intense...but still totally doable! You will be glad you tried it!

Challenge: Has anyone done this euro hem before? Are you willing to try it? Let me know!

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