How to Fix Jeans That Are Too Long

Have you ever had a pair of jeans that were too long? The solution is actually easier than you may think. When jeans are too long, it usually means they are made for someone taller or bigger than the wearer.

This can be fixed by cutting off the excess length and hemming them to size. How will this help your business? If more customers buy from your store, your conversion rates will go up! So In this post, we will go through how to fix jeans that are too long and also talk about some alternative methods

How To Fix Jeans That Are Too Long

Required Materials

  • Scissors
  • Hemming machine (recommended but not necessary)
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Straight pins
  • Needle nose pliers (optional)
  • Ruler or measuring tape.

Instructions: How to Fix Jeans That Are Too Long

Step One:

First, find the inseam length of your jeans that are too long. This measurement can be found on a label inside the pants by measuring up from the outside seam at the bottom of the pant leg and down from the waistband. If you do not have this information, it is possible to measure the length by placing a ruler along the inside seam and measuring from top to bottom. So, lets go on instructions for how to fix jeans that are too long –

How To Fix Jeans That Are Too Long

Step Two:

After measuring the inseam, cut your jeans off at that point and hem them as you would any other pair of pants.

Step Three:

If you are sewing with a machine, use it to sew about two inches onto the end of each leg. If using a needle and thread instead, make sure to tie six to eight knots along the inside of each leg so that it will not unravel.

Step Four:

Roll hem by folding over about one inch, then fold again and sew or fasten with a piece of thread to secure. If using a sewing machine, use straight stitching all around without any decorative stitches until you are at your desired length.

Step Five:

Press the hem with an iron and if desired, use a fabric marker or pins to embellish your new jeans. Cut off excess fabric, and then use a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitches from where you cut your jeans.

Step Six:

The jeans will now be the right length and with a new hem. Pull them to make sure they are comfortable. Adjust if needed. If you would like to purchase more fabric in order to have matching pockets or other accessories, go ahead!

Step Seven:

Cut a piece of fabric to create pockets if desired, or embellish your front pocket with embroidery thread. Hem around both edges of the pocket before attaching it to the jeans at this time so that you don’t have any raw edges showing when finished.

Step Eight:

Attach a belt or embroidery thread to the hemline of both sides if desired, or use fabric markers as an embellishment. Now you have perfectly fitting jeans that are ready for wear!

Some Tip to Wear Long Jeans

1) Wear heels:

If you’re wearing long jeans, it’s often best to wear high-heeled shoes or boots with them for balance and appearance purposes.

2) Wear Jeans with a skirt:

One of the easiest ways to wear long jeans is underneath an asymmetrical or pencil skirt that has been tailored for your height and most comfortable stretch.

3) Tuck in shirts:

If you’re wearing a top, don’t let it hang out over the waistband of your pants; tuck it into your shirt instead. This will make your outfit look more polished.

4) Wear longer shirts:

Longer shirts tucked into long jeans can work in a similar fashion to skirts, providing you with extra coverage and eliminating the need for belt loops or belts.

5) Tuck in tights:

When wearing skinny jeans, it’s often best to wear them under shorter tops that have been tailored to suit your height; this is because they’re less likely to dip down too low when worn like this than they are when paired with tall, loose cotton sweaters.

Alternative Methods You Can Use

Method 1:

Sew in a new hem to make jeans shorter. This is the most cost-effective way of fixing your too-long jeans and can be done by hand or on a sewing machine. To do this, you’ll need an extra pair of scissors for cutting thread, as well as some fabric that’s about two inches wide and at least one yard long (make sure it matches the color of your clothes).

Just measure out how much needs to be cut off and sew up the bottom with a basic straight stitch. It might take some time, so wear tight-fitting clothing while doing this!

Method 2:

Hem the jeans by using a sewing machine. If you have an old pair of jeans that are too short and don’t really want to go out and buy new ones, this is a viable solution for fixing your too-long jeans!

You’ll need a thread in the same color as your clothes, some scissors or fabric shears (for cutting threads), pins so you can pin down where you’re going to sew, and finally, a sewing machine with plenty of extra needles on hand.

Method 3:

Sew up the bottom with a basic straight stitch, making sure to keep both layers together, so there are no small holes in between them. An easy way is if you’re right-handed, put the jeans on and hold it tight enough that they won’t fall down all while holding onto one side of the fabric (in this picture, I’m using my left hand).

Then take your sewing machine needle and sew from seam edge outwards until you get close to reaching another seam edge; switch hands and do it again by taking your other hand closer to seams when possible or just continuing around without ever letting go of fabric.

Note: These methods might seem a little complicated, but it’s really not! It takes less than five minutes to do and saves you from having to buy new jeans when the ones you have are perfectly good.

Frequently Asked Questions: How To Fix Jeans That Are Too Long

Can I Cut Jeans That Are Too Long?

You can, but it’s not recommended. Cutting jeans will shorten them by about an inch or two unevenly and create a jagged edge which is more likely to snag on things like zippers.

How Far Do I Need To Sew?

If you want the new hem length to be shorter than the original, then all of your sewings should stop before another seam edge begins (you’ll have some leftover thread).

If you want the new hem length to be longer than the original, continue sewing until just before another seam edge begins; this way, there won’t be any loose threads sticking out when finished. And if you want a repair that is even in terms of height with no one section higher than the other, continue sewing all the way to the next seam edge.

How do I hem a pair of jeans?

You can either fold up the edges and stitch them down, or you can hand-sew a new hem by turning under one side of the fabric on each leg until it meets in the back.

Most people prefer folding because they are quicker – plus, if you ever need to take your jeans up again, then there is an extra inch of material for letting out slack. Stitching down takes more time but creates neater results and doesn’t require any additional length for taking them up again later on.


The information you need on how to fix jeans that are too long is shared in this article. As you can see, it’s possible to fix jeans that are too long. The trick is knowing the secret behind how they were designed. And with a little practice and patience, anyone can do this simple sewing project at home! 

With all the right tools and knowledge about how your feet work, it’s easy to make any pair of pants fit just right! Check out our blog post for more details on this topic, or contact us if you have questions.

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