Learn how to shorten jeans
David Bowie – The Jean Genie: “He’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls, Jean Genie let yourself go!”
Did you know that each American owns, on average, 7 pairs of jeans. Their nation alone buys 450 million pairs every year. Add to that that 2.5 billion yards of denim a year is produced globally to satisfy the worlds desire for these durable little numbers.
In theory Gemma has been aiding and abetting this massive production run, albeit by about 5 inches per leg at a time.
She’s ever so good at just turning them up and getting on with it, but I figured enough was enough. Especially when they got their own little tidemark ingrained in them they’d been folded under so much.
I wonder how many of those 450 million pairs sold in the US are the perfect length and how many people just deal with them being a bit too long.
Anyway I took the challenge to trim them down. It’s a super quick task to do, and to be honest one that I should’ve done ages ago.
So all you need is a a pair of scissors and some matching thread to the original jeans (just a close match will suffice, but do ensure it’s of good quality).
I begin by allowing approximately 2cm for the hem and I make a clean cut straight across the leg at this mark.
I then trim back and layer the seams within the hemline to reduce the bulk for when I turn it up.
I then turn up the hem 1cm, press and repeat.
As I’m stitching through 3 layers I pin securely in place to avoid it shifting at all.
If you’re using a modern machine you’ll probably have a free arm option, this means that you can reduce the area around the stitching plate by sliding off the end off.
Doing this reveals the slimmer free arm section of the machine. From here you can slide the leg of the jeans on.
Once I am happy that both legs are the same length I stitch around each hem, from inner seam around. I make sure that I backstitch and then double tie the loose ends, as these hems will get quite a bit of wear and tear.
There you go, a super quick stitch and Gems has a pair of jeans that are just right.
Until next time.