Step 1: Measure Twice...
Now measue how much it needs to be shortened overall. then half this measurement ...
so I need 3 inches off the total length so I turn the hem and measure from the top of the hem.
in my case half of 3 inches is 1.5 inches.
Step 2: Pin and Sew
the machine I used was my Grandmother' machine almost 100 yrs old....!!! A newer model will work as well..
Step 3: One Leg Re-hemmed
Left hand leg has been shortened by 3 inches...
Now the hard part ...
The second leg needs to be made the same length !!!
Step 4: Both Legs Shortened
Step 5: Press the Hems
Step 6: Both Hems Pressed
Step 7: The Perfect Length
If a huge amount was turned up you can make a cut maybe half an inch from the original hem after you have finished and just turn a normal hem but sew it to the original hem by hand stitching as you would have done if not trying to keep the original hem.
I hope this makes sense to you and helps you to shorten your Jeans while let them stay looking as new.
Be kind please to my first Instructable :)
Step 8: More Sewing to Do
Step 9: To Combat This
Step 10: Now Cut Off Excess
Step 11: Pin the Hem All Way Round
Step 12: Neatly Hemmed
Next do the same process to the other leg...
was well worth the extra effort. The Jeans fit perfectly and for first time ever
an original hem on Jeans !!! for those who are in between leg lengths can have them look original..