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At just over five feet tall, it’s pretty much a given that any pair of pants that I buy off the rack will need to be hemmed. A lot. If you’re in the same boat, here are two great methods for adjusting the length of your jeans!

Method 1: Sewing a New Hem

This easy-to-follow jeans hemming tutorial from Kay Hickman on We All Sew is a wonderful guide to basic hemming, and includes great tips for working with heavier fabrics like denim. In this tutorial, excess fabric length is cut off, and an entirely new hem is sewn.

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Method 2: Preserving the Original Hem

When I hem my own pants, I often use a folding method that allows me to preserve the original hem. (This looks better with some denims and fabrics, especially if the fabric has a slightly distressed look at the hem from the manufacturing process.) If you’d like to give that a try, you can check out the simple pants hemming tutorial on my own blog, The Zen of Making.

When using this technique, it isn’t necessary to cut the extra fabric length off, making it a good option if you’re hemming pants for growing kids.

[Via The Coletterie]