Ever since I saw Gail's great tutorial on hemming bluejeans, I've been anxious to try it out. It looked like the greatest idea ever. Unfortunately(?) all the jeans I've bought for the past year have been petites, so I didn't have any jeans to hem. I was very happy when I recently bought a pair of jeans that need hemming. So I turned to Linda's tutorial.
Go to her blog for the complete instructions (link in first paragraph), but just shortly here, I ironed up the hem as it should be, and trimmed off 1" below the fold line.I made four little snips along side the side seams, then pinned up the hem. I left the little tabs sticking up, and sewed right over the side seams.
By using Linda's method, I didn't have to sew over three layers of side seams on the jeans. I only sewed over two layers, because those tabs were sticking out. Who needs 'em!?
I do own a spool of that special blue jeans hemming thread (which is orange/gold--the perfect color--and a little heavier than normal thread). But of course, I didn't have it with me when I was hemming these, so I used a very dark, dark blue.
After sewing the hem up, I trimmed off those little tabs. Just threw them away. Said adios! This hemming method is niftier than sliced bread--really!!!
The finished blue jean hems look great. I'm thinking, however, that at some point I might sew over the seams again with my orange thread, because it makes the finished jeans look so nice...
Linda, thanks so much for showing me how to do this.