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    I'm getting a bit aggravated. I was asked by a friend at church to hem several pairs of jeans. Well like most of you, I don't sew clothes, just quilts. I've made some curtains, as a matter of fact, that's what I was doing when he asked me. Hemming curtains for the youth room. Anyway, I said yes, much to my frustration now.
    I'm about ready to give them back to him and tell him I just can't get it done. I'm having trouble getting them even and both legs the same. I want them to look nice and do an excellent job. I'm just not sure I'm skilled enough.
    Does anyone have any advice or tips for me? I would so appreciate some. Thanks, Gina

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    There is a way of hemming jeans that leaves the original hem intact, and the new seam is practically invisible. You have to have a good, heavy-duty machine to do it though, because it has to sew through the side seams. This is how I've been hemming my family's jeans for the last few years.

    A written tute I found: http://www.daciaray.com/?p=38

    And here's a video tute, might be easier to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giOkJUcc2wg

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    When heming pants, I mark a cutting line on each leg from the bottom edge. You know the original hem is correct so just remove the same amount from each side. Make sure you have figured out how much you are turning up the hem into the amount you are cutting off.

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    learn to say no!

    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    I'm getting a bit aggravated. I was asked by a friend at church to hem several pairs of jeans. Well like most of you, I don't sew clothes, just quilts. I've made some curtains, as a matter of fact, that's what I was doing when he asked me. Hemming curtains for the youth room. Anyway, I said yes, much to my frustration now.
    I'm about ready to give them back to him and tell him I just can't get it done. I'm having trouble getting them even and both legs the same. I want them to look nice and do an excellent job. I'm just not sure I'm skilled enough.
    Does anyone have any advice or tips for me? I would so appreciate some. Thanks, Gina

    Gina, I've hemmed many a pair of jeans, I have three sons and three grandsons. I didn't worry about perfection. I just measured from the bottom of the leg , whatever I needed to shorten, marked and allowed for the double fold hem, and cut and sewed. I did buy a gold color jeans thread for the hemming. My thought was the jeans should have been hemmed by the manufacturer evenly, so I was following their measurements. Don't stress over it!! I've had too many favors asked of me over the years by friends who don't sew, and they think I should be glad to help. I learned early on not to say yes all the time .

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    maybe not perfect is the result this person needs to see.

    We are in the middle of nowhere and the town seamstress charges $10.00 a pair to hem pants. Which is fair, you can't do them in 5 minutes after all.
    No one can take advantage of you without your permission..I'm sorry I can't is a perfectly acceptable answer to that kind of request.

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    All sound advice given above, relax and do what you can do; obviously that is more than the person who asked you can do for themselves.
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    "Oh, dear, the last time I tried hemming pants they came out just TERRIBLE!!! you had better find someone else to ask!"

    Makes it sound like you are being UNselfish in not doing it. I agree, jeans are awful to work on. I have to say, it is kind of nervy to ask you to do several pairs, without offering to pay for it.

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    Maybe he would prefer cut-offs.....
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    I like what PTQUILTS would say. That's a good one for next time! And I have a hard time saying no myself.

    I hate hemming pants for the same reason. If I can't just "turn them up" without cutting first, forget it.
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    Why do people think because we make quilts, we do mending? I can't tell you how many time I have been asked to hem something or put in a new zipper etc. as soon as they find out I sew. I used to make clothing but not anymore, unless it's a CQ vest. I just very politely say No I don't have the time.

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    I have people asking me all the time to hem jeans/pants. I tell them that I don't even do my husbands pants, he has to send them out just like everyone else. They get the idea!!!

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    Hmmm, I'm sorry, after reading the other responses, I'm thinking maybe I misunderstood the original question. Were you asking for help with the hemming, or how not to take on such a chore next time?

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    I no longer sew clothing. It is a chore to sew a button on.
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    no is really a simple, simple 2 letter word...for some reason so many people have such a hard time using it...it is better to simply say, 'no, i'm sorry- I really do not do (clothing sewing)' much better to simply decline than to deal with all the frustration, guilt when you are not able, hard feelings all around...honesty is a much better solution for everyone involved. even though I do try often to fulfill requests I also do not have a problem declining when it is something I either do not want to do, or truly do not have time to do. if you agree to do something that you really do not know how to do, or do not like doing before you know it everyone around wants you to do it for them too...better to leave that 'can of worms' closed.
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    I smile and laugh and tell them I don't even hem my own jeans. They get the point and I'm don't give a rude response. Last night I had a friend say she wanted to make a quilt, now that, I feel confident enough to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decky View Post
    I have people asking me all the time to hem jeans/pants. I tell them that I don't even do my husbands pants, he has to send them out just like everyone else. They get the idea!!!

    Pat in MN
    Same here. I will give my husband's pants to Goodwill before I will hem them! I did do some jeans the easy way (posted earlier in this thread) several years ago. It really is easier to do them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    There is a way of hemming jeans that leaves the original hem intact, and the new seam is practically invisible. You have to have a good, heavy-duty machine to do it though, because it has to sew through the side seams. This is how I've been hemming my family's jeans for the last few years.

    A written tute I found: http://www.daciaray.com/?p=38

    And here's a video tute, might be easier to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giOkJUcc2wg

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    Peckish--Thank you for this link! I've heard of this method but have never seen how it was done. My husband needs his jeans hemmed and I've refused to do it. Next time he is gone for the day I'm going to try this on a pair and see if he notices anything different!

    Mike's Girl -- I've been asked many times to do other peoples sewing and mending -- the answer is a firm NO. I then tell them that the local quilt shop has a list of people who will do alterations, etc. Hopefully you have those pesky jeans hemmed and out of your hair (or rather your sewing room)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    I'm getting a bit aggravated. I was asked by a friend at church to hem several pairs of jeans. Well like most of you, I don't sew clothes, just quilts. I've made some curtains, as a matter of fact, that's what I was doing when he asked me. Hemming curtains for the youth room. Anyway, I said yes, much to my frustration now.
    I'm about ready to give them back to him and tell him I just can't get it done. I'm having trouble getting them even and both legs the same. I want them to look nice and do an excellent job. I'm just not sure I'm skilled enough.
    Does anyone have any advice or tips for me? I would so appreciate some. Thanks, Gina
    Yes, I do. Give them back and say" I'm sorry, but my machine just won't handle the thickness of this denim fabric. But 'so and so tailors' does alterations and they might be able to help you". You wouldn't ask someone to mow your yard just because they own a mower, so we don't need to feel we have to do the world's alterations just because we sew.

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    Mike'sgirl, I have hemmed jeans for several years the same way as Peckish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giOkJUcc2wg I have hemmed or my daughters, their husbands, grand children, but mostly for myself. Works great!

    However, I have found that once a friend finds out, they ask me to hem their pants, too. I love sewing, but I hate mending or hemming. I have a hard time refusing, so when I am asked, I tell them I will try my best, but only if they sit with me while I do it. That way they see how time consuming it is and I get to visit with them. They ask less often.

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    I've found that we are too critical of our work and most people can't tell the difference when something isn't perfect. How many pairs of pants do you own that are perfect? Do your best and if he has a problem with it he got what he paid for. My son is a cop and he always needs his uniforms hemmed, either the pants or the long sleeved shirts. I will do the pants but not the shirts. He understands and pays someone for that. I don't do zippers so when he wanted a pair of old coveralls repaired with a 20 inch zipper I put in Velcro instead. He owns a farm and the animals don't care. He likes it so much better than a zipper. So we just do what we can!
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    I just say. I won't do it, but I'll show you how so you can. They can't get out the door fast enough

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    Send them out and pay someone else to do them.
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    Give the jeans back, tell him you are having trouble getting them done right, and don't want to mess them up.

    This was an imposition, and I would not worry about offending him. Just smile as you return them and stick to your little speech.

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    I gave a quilt to one of out tenants. The other day she asked me to make pads for the crib. Just told her I could PROBABLY do it but it might be 1/2 a$$ed. She declined.


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