Hemming Your Jeans the Right Way

How to avoid the "my mom did it" look.

The interlock stitch-- ask for it by name.

Tailoring denim is a tricky business and should be approached with care. It’s hard to recommend you mess with the waistline of a pair of jeans–it’ll throw the whole fit off, for one thing, and besides, it just looks weird–but sometimes you do need to make an adjustment to the length. In those cases, you want to get the look right. The last thing you want is a simple folded stitch like mom used back in grade school. The solution: take it to a real tailor, and be sure to ask him for an interlock stitch. This will prevent fraying and retain the original stitched, wavy hem of your denim.

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  1. Jorge says:

    If you are still purchasing jeans that have a wash on them, or are hemming an old pair of jeans (maybe a vintage pair) your tailor can also shorten the leg and attach the original hem. It is invisible from the outside and you dont have a new-looking hem on an old pair of jeans. Shouldnt cost more than $5 extra to do this.

  2. Aaron says:

    What you want is a chain stitch, and it’s not so easy to find people who have the right machine to do it properly. There are a few places in NYC like Self Edge, Earnest Sewn and Leci’s Meatpacking store who can do it. but your average tailor may not ba able to.

  3. earl says:

    Chain stitch looks cool and is “vintage” and all, but as far as durability and strength go, it sucks. if you tear or lose 1 stitch, the whole thing just pulls right out. The interlock, while not as pretty, is far more functional.

  4. Dain says:

    Interlock stitches are used on raw edges of fabric and is not a means of hemming. If you were were cutting the side seams off, then you would need to restitch that raw edge with an interlock stitch also known as a serged edge.
    When hemming jeans, all that’s needed is a thick thread , in the right color and a slightly long stitch. It’s not that serious.

  5. Boaz says:

    Interlock stitch sound cool and fancy but actually has nothing to do with hemming your jeans just like Dain said. this stitch is to keep raw edges from fraying. jeans hes are done where the edge is being folded twice and than stitched so the edge does not show, which is part of the beauty on jeans hem that over time fade.
    Just have your tailor use a heavy thread (Tex 60) in a color that is matches the rest of the top stitches on the jeans and have him use longer stitches than regular ones.
    If you want to avoid a DIY look to the hem DO NOT use blue color thread and have your tailor make a half inch hem not more.

  6. David says:

    This article is a waste of time.

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