How to Hem Jeans Professionally

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Hemming jeans professionally is a process that will require you to start by rolling up the fabric twice. Hem jeans professionally with help from an experienced fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Heather Klar. How to hem jeans professionally. Want that jean edge look? Here's a good way of sewing your jeans so that you have the look that you see in all the stores. I'm gonna show you know on the sewing machine, but you're just gonna do a simple double rolled hem. You roll the fabric up twice, and you press it, and then you do a top stitch. So another part about having a professional hem on jeans, a lot of people have problems with stitch length. Stitch length in general should change with the thickness of the fabric, and visually the ideal with stitch length is that the stitch length basically looks sort of the same on any kind of fabric. So you adjust it based on the thickness of the fabric. So, in this case, as I showed you earlier, we're gonna double roll. That can be a lot of fabric, and so you're gonna want a slightly longer stitch length. So I would say medium high on my Bernina that's like a four. But it depends on how your machine settings are. You're gonna want to do it just for your sake, it's a lot easier doing it on the inside of the fabric, which is what I'm showing here now. This is my outside, 'cause it just makes it easier to make a straight line, and for a professional hem, I would make it about a half inch thick, which means you have a total inch of hem allowance rolled up twice, which will give you about a half inch depth on the hem. So I will just sew that now, and I'm using contrasting thread just so you can see my handy work. Hopefully it's good handiwork. so this is on the outside of the fabric now. As you can see, it runs pretty parallel to the hem, the stitching, and then this is on the inside here. Another thing to keep in mind too is that like, you know, you want it to be able to see the stitches, and you want it to look nice. So, the smaller your stitch length, you can go a little smaller than this, but not much, because especially if you maybe mess up a little the first time, you don't want to have to get your seamer burr and bury into those stitches. So, there you go.

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