Jeans seem to come in two leg sizes - way too short or way too long - which means I'm always buying the long ones and hemming them. Before going to my daughter's this past weekend, I hemmed my newest pair. You might not know about this way of hemming jeans to save the original hem so I thought I'd detail the process.
Start by determining how much you need to shorten the jeans. For me, it was 2 1/2". Divide that number in half, fold the hem toward the right side, and measure that distance from the fold to the bottom of the previous hem line. In the picture above, the distance between the fold and the row of pins at the original hemline is 1 1/4".
Sew close to the original hem. I used the zipper foot to get as close as possible and, as you can see, the line of stitching is roughly 1/8" from the fold.
Make another line of stitching equal distance from the fold. I used the edge of my regular presser foot and stitched roughly 1/4" away. Trim just beside that line toward the fold so that you don't cut off the second stitched line. It will hold the layers together.
Finish the raw edge. I could have used the serger but it seemed less complicated - since I was already sitting at the sewing machine - to run a row of zigzag over the edge. I used a short, medium length, stitch.
Press the seam upward away from the hem. When I washed the jeans and hung them up to dry, I made sure that the seam remained in the upward position and dried like that.
This is a close-up image of the finished hem. That line of stitching is not nearly as visible when you're actually wearing them. From start to finish, this hem took less than fifteen minutes and is easy to do for this type of pant. You could also use this method on other casual pants but it wouldn't be appropriate for dress pants.
My daughter put this picture of my adorable grandson on her Facebook page so I'm pretty sure I'm okay to post it here. LOVE this picture. He's a little bit younger but it reminds me of a picture of my daughter taken when she was about ten months old.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - baby snuggles, family, safe travels