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Help with Jeans material

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I am trying to short the hem of my husb jeans. They are new and the = material is quite thick. What would be the neatest way to do this = please? The hems need to be 3 inches shorter. Also it is narrower at = the bottom, so I may need to cut some off.
Thank you Katherine
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I am trying to short the hem of my husb jeans. They = are new=20 and the material is quite thick. What would be the neatest way to do = this=20 please?  The hems need to be 3 inches shorter. Also it is narrower = at the=20 bottom, so I may need to cut some off.   Thank you Katherine  
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Reply to
jones
Wash them first and dry as you will treat them later.
If they are still too short, have him try them on *wearing the shoes he will wear with the jeans*, then turn up the bottom to the length he wants. Mark that position, and if there is still 1 1/4" *below* the finished length, mark that as the cutting position and cut off the excess. If there is no longer 1/1/4" below the finished length, you'll have to remove the old hem stitching, then mark the hem depth and cut off any excess.
Fold and press up the 1/1/4" hem allowance, fold the *cut* edge to meet the fold (the one you just pressed), pin baste the new hem in position and sew them with "jeans" or dark blue thread. You'll need a "jean-a-ma-jig"
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and a good strong sewing machine to sew over the *nine* layers (or more) of fabric at the inner and outer leg seams. It may help to steam the seams and pound them with a hammer before you begin to sew.
When you write "... it is narrower at the bottom, so I may need to cut some off..." do you mean that he wants them tapered at the new finished length to match the old width at the hem? If so, hand them to him, and direct him to the nearest cleaners with an alterationist. ;->
Seriously, you *can* taper jeans, but if the seams are top-stitched it's a fairly complicated job.
There is some good infomration here:
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Good luck,
Beverly
Reply to
BEI Design
Thank you so much for the hint Beverly. Will go finish them now.
Katherine
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Reply to
jones

Don't be shy about the hammer. I keep a small block of wood and a hammer in my sewing room just for this. Insert the wood and whack the seams with the hammer once you have folded up the new hem. It's amazing how much flatter the seams will lie.
Also make sure you are using a needle either labeled as a "jeans" needle or a #90. A needle lighter than that will break when you hit the flat felled seam. (even if you do whack it first.)
Sharon
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Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.
Reply to
mamahays
I've just finished hemming and adjusting a several pairs of jeans and kaki's for my DMIL, DS, sister and myself. Only one of the seams of the jeans were top stitched, the outer seam. The inner seam was regular, making the jeans easier to taper. Of course you can't taper them too much or the fit of the leg will be off. I only took them in 1/2" on the seam, which removed 1" total from the flare.
-Irene
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