Your guide to "How to hem jeans"


This is how we hem jeans at Nudie Jeans

Hemming is something that divides denim wearers into four categories. Some are opposed to it and wouldn’t even consider it. Others would, but only if it’s done with the proper tools, i.e. a chain stitch machine. The third category are the ones who would allow it, if the original seam is reattached. Then there’s the lot who simply don’t give a hoot.
All these opinions aside, we give you a simple guide on how to hem your jeans. This is how we usually do it, or at least in 99% of every hemming case.

When you have measured your denim, don’t cut them off according to what measure you got. You have to subtract at least one inch/2.5 centimeters from the original measure so that you have something to hem. We cannot stress this enough. If your jeans are just a tad too long, or they only need a little bit of hemming, wear them for some time and maybe wash them before hemming. If they are still a bit too long, we recommend you use a seam ripper and do as stated above.

Further tips and pointers

Remember that practice makes perfect – make a few test runs on a pair of jeans that you no longer use.
At our Repair Shops, we got powerful sewing machines, but the ones people have at home will do just fine. However, before you start hemming, make sure the needle is up for the task. The needles we use are a lot stronger and won’t break as you hem the jeans Also, make sure you use a thread that’s a bit thicker than average. Ask your local sewing supply expert, they’ll know what to use.

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Re-use Kaihara Selvage
The Nudie Jeans Guide to Selvage Denim

To claim that we love selvage denim would be quite an understatement. Calling it love wouldn't be fair because it's too important for us to call it just that.


Revived from the past, these jeans are crafted from deadstock fabrics. Each pair is a patchwork of history, reinvented to create a modern fit with a vintage soul.