How to Hem & Take in Jeans (and even more clothing fixes)

Nov 16, 2020


Welcome to The Poker Club at West Houston's comprehensive guide on how to expertly hem and take in jeans, and even more clothing fixes. Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or a complete beginner, this step-by-step guide will provide you with all the information you need to achieve professional-looking alterations for your favorite pair of jeans and beyond.

The Importance of Proper Hemming and Alterations

Proper hemming and alterations are essential to ensuring your clothing fits perfectly and flatters your body shape. Ill-fitting jeans can be uncomfortable, unattractive, and may even negatively impact your confidence. By learning the techniques shared in this guide, you can avoid these issues and enjoy clothing that truly accentuates your personal style.

Tools and Materials You'll Need

Before diving into the hemming and alteration process, it's important to gather the necessary tools and materials. Here are some items you'll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Needles
  • Thread in a matching color
  • Sewing machine (optional but recommended)
  • Iron

Step-by-Step Guide: Hemming Jeans

Follow these steps to hem your jeans like a pro:

Step 1: Measure and Mark

Start by trying on your jeans and deciding on the desired length. Use a measuring tape to measure from the original hem to the desired new hem length. Mark this measurement with pins or fabric marking tools.

Step 2: Prepare for Hemming

Remove the original hem if necessary, using a seam ripper. Iron the jeans to remove any wrinkles and ensure a smooth hemming process.

Step 3: Fold the Hem

Fold the fabric up to the marked measurement, keeping the edge aligned with the original edge of the jeans. Use pins to secure the fold in place.

Step 4: Sew the Hem

Using a sewing machine or a needle and thread, stitch along the folded edge of the hem, ensuring that the stitches are secure and evenly spaced.

Step 5: Trim Excess Fabric

Carefully trim any excess fabric from the hem, leaving a small seam allowance.

Step-by-Step Guide: Taking in Jeans

If you need to take in your jeans for a better fit, follow these steps:

Step 1: Identify the Areas for Adjustment

Try on the jeans and assess the areas that require taking in. This may include the waist, hips, thighs, or a combination of these.

Step 2: Pin and Adjust the Fit

Using pins, gradually take in the fabric along the identified areas to achieve the desired fit. It's important to maintain proper proportions and ensure a comfortable fit.

Step 3: Sew the Altered Seams

Using a sewing machine or hand sewing, stitch along the pinned lines, securing the alterations in place. Test the fit as you go to make any necessary adjustments.

Step 4: Finish the Seams

Trim any excess fabric and finish the raw edges of the seams using zigzag stitches or a serger to prevent fraying.

Additional Clothing Fixes

Aside from hemming and taking in jeans, you can apply similar alteration techniques to a variety of garments. Here are a few common clothing fixes that you can learn:

Resizing a Dress or Skirt

Learn how to resize a dress or skirt to achieve a better fit without compromising the overall design. This can be particularly useful when you find a vintage piece or have a favorite item that no longer fits as it should.

Taking Up Shirt Sleeves

If your shirt sleeves are too long, you can easily take them up for a more polished look. This alteration is especially handy for professional attire or occasions where you want to show off your accessories.

Altering a Jacket or Blazer

Discover the steps to alter a jacket or blazer to ensure it fits your shoulders, waist, and arms perfectly. This alteration can transform an off-the-rack piece into a tailored garment that exudes sophistication.


Congratulations! You now have the knowledge and skills to hem and take in jeans, as well as tackle various other clothing fixes. Remember to practice these techniques and build confidence as you continue to refine your alteration skills. The Poker Club at West Houston hopes this guide has been helpful to you. Enjoy your perfectly fitting clothes!

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