Shorten Jeans and Keep the Original Hem

Nicole Dasig, blogger, sewer, crocheter, and DIY-er

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7 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction

    • Supplies Needed

    • Mark The New Length

    • Pinning the New Length

    • Shortening the Jeans

    • Preparing the New Hem

    • Sewing the Hem


About This Class

It can be really frustrating to find a pair of jeans that fit you well but are too long in the leg. In 20 minutes, Nicole Dasig from She's Got the Notion shows a method for shortening a pair of jeans while keeping the original hem. This will give the jeans a professionally tailored look without the cost of taking them to a tailor. The tutorial is friendly for beginners as is goes through all the supplies needed and tips and tricks along the way. By the end of this class, you will be able to shorten jeans just like a tailor! 

Supplies Needed:

  • Jeans to shorten
  • Thread that matches your jeans
  • Jeans topstitching thread
  • Heavy duty sewing machine needle
  • seam ripper
  • ruler or seam gauge
  • fabric pins or clips
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine
  • iron + ironing surface
  • Optional, but recommended: jean-a-ma-jig; tailor's clapper or a hammer


22 of 22 students recommendSee All

What a wonderful, practical class.
Pam Phelps

Creative Homemaker, Foodie, Artist, & Crafter

Well, who knew!? This is a great technique. I may use it in the future since I am short and have trouble finding pants the right length.
Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand

This is very useful
Laura Whittington

Knitwear Designer, Crafter, Textile artist





Nicole Dasig

blogger, sewer, crocheter, and DIY-er

Nicole Dasig has a passion for sewing, crocheting, and jewelry-making that she shares with her readers on her blog, She's Got the Notion. She loves to inspire others and help them grow their skills through tutorials and crochet patterns.

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