3 Ways to Sew Denim Pants Into Jean Shorts

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Summer fun begins with alterations! Do your kids look as though they’re wearing Laura Petrie’s pedal Pushers? Following are three different ways you can alter their high waters into shorts. It’s fast, it’s fun and it will expand your wardrobe budget!

 

Carefree Fray

This edgy, ragged edge looks well worn and the kids will enjoy picking the threads. 1) Mark and cut the pant leg 2) make another mark ½” above the cut 3) stitch a tiny 2.0mm zig-zag along the second marking all the way around 4) carefully pull the white threads crosswise until you reach the zig-zag stitching line. Frilly and fun!

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Double Top-Stitched

You don’t have to put yourself or your machine through the rigors of a double folded hemline for this look! 1) Mark and cut the hem 1” longer than the desired hemline 2) Serge or zig-zag the edge and press the hemline in place. 3) Use your parallel foot and Jean topstitching thread with your straight stitch length at 4.5mm. 4) Slip the ehem over your machine’s free arm and stitch around the hemline twice using the paralell foot as a guide. Perfect double row with no ‘drunk driving’!

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Classic Cuffs

Cuffs are another option to add a soft finished hemline to shorts. 1) Mark and cut your pantl eg 4.5” longer than you want the final shorts hemline. 2) Serge the edge and press under 3” 3) Slip the pant leg onto your freearm and straight stitch in place around the leg 4) fold and press the cuff up 1.5” 5) Snap n your edge-joining foot and ‘stitch-in-the-ditch along each side seam of the cuffs. Always in good taste!

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Can you see how turning jeans into shorts can breath new life into them?

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