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Question by laura
Submitted on 12/30/2003
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How do you do a "euro" hem on jeans, properly?

Answer by P.I.M.P.
Submitted on 5/18/2004
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forget euro-how the hell do you hems jeans?! i have to learn this. btw im a guy if that matters


Answer by msa
Submitted on 10/11/2004
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What is 'euro hem' anyway?


Answer by Linda
Submitted on 10/8/2005
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how do you do a euro hem


Answer by Jeanette
Submitted on 8/29/2006
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Go to this website!



Answer by Tracey
Submitted on 9/13/2006
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Try this link.  I haven't actually tried the method, but the page has a brief description and a couple pics on how to do a euro hem.



Answer by tiffany
Submitted on 3/9/2007
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I found this fabulously perfect way to hem jeans on the Cavaricci site, which has since been taken down, so hereís the lowdown. This method keeps the original hem in tact and is especially helpful now that all jeans are made to be 34 inches long for mammoth supermodels. Plus, it took less than 30 minutes.

A couple notes: Itís best to do one leg at a time, so as not to have too much undoing to do in case something goes awry. Also, itís good to know the length that you want each leg to be. Sometimes, one leg will be a bit shorter or longer than the other before you hem.

Step 1: Decide how much length you would like to take off. Divide that number in half. (Hems should fall just below the bottom of your ankle. Also, if you generally wear high heels, or a certain height of heel, you might want your hem a bit longer - it should fall an inch to a half inch above the floor at your heel.)

Step 2: Cuff the jeans. I wanted to take two inches off my hem, so I measured one inch out from the original hem line and pinned. (Do not include the distance from the hem to the end of the jean in your calculations.)

Step 3: Pin around the rest of the cuff, taking care to measure each time you pin.

Mind the seams while youíre pinning. Make sure that the stitching lines up at each seam.

Step 4: Itís time to stitch. You want to place your needle and continue sewing right next to the original hem. Stitch on the right side of the hem, or the side farthest from the bottom of the jean. Sew all the way around the cuff and make sure you donít sew through two layers at once!

You can either cut the excess off, leaving about a half inch for fraying, or iron the extra material in.

Turn the leg right side out and press the new seam flat, revealing the old hem.

Voila! No more slouchy, unflattering leg.


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