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Can you turn up jeans yourself?

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HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:41:55

Bought two nice pairs of levis in TKM today, both £19.99 which was great. However one pair is a 32 and the other a 34 leg - I need a 30.

Can I do this myself somehow without it looking crap, or do I have to fork out for a professional to do it - and will they cut off the bottom bit if they do? I can't imagine it looking decent however you do it iyswim.

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Sun 13-Sep-09 20:44:02

Just pin them first before you cut the bottoms, just fold them underneith until you have the right legnth if this makes sense.

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:47:02

Thankyou...sewing machine then? I'll have to fork out for one of those first as my old hand model doesn't work. I think you're right, hand sewing a hem would look dreadful wouldn't it.

Thanks btw

courtneylovescox Sun 13-Sep-09 20:48:43

just roll them up, 80s fashion is in

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:51:05

I would but they are flared types!

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Sun 13-Sep-09 20:52:41

You can get stuff that you just iron on and it sticks the hem up for you. Fab stuff!

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:54:11

I have got some wonderweb stuff but again witht he flare, i think it might not line up right.

I'll go and ask in tailors and see what they charge for it.

Thankyou smile

CHOOGIRL Sun 13-Sep-09 20:54:16

My dry cleaner does mine £8.50 and they look great

mermaidspurse Sun 13-Sep-09 20:54:47

hi, wash them first though cos they will shrink maybe a bit.
I am a vertically challenged person not having 34 legs eitherenvy
A shop owner told me that one of the jeans reps had given her this tip. Rub the new hem with a kitchen pad/brillo type thing to give it that aged, rougher edge that a lot of jeans have.

nancy75 Sun 13-Sep-09 20:55:30

dont take up jeans by hand, and dont , whatever you do use wonderwebb or anything like it - it looks bloody awful!
a dry cleaners will do them for about£5-£7 a pair and will do a proper job.

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:57:16

Good tip, about the washing. Choogirl do they use yellow thread the same as the other seams?

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 20:58:50

Thanks Nancy.

I guess seeing as they were a bargain it'll be worth it.

Bit depondent that I have gone up from a 30 to a 31 though...hmm waist wise I mean.

That can't be right!

nancy75 Sun 13-Sep-09 21:02:32

agree with washing them, jeans tend to shrink between 1/2 and 11/2 inches on the first wash.
dry cleaner will use the same colour thread as the other stitching.

HelenaBonhamCarter Sun 13-Sep-09 21:07:07

Ah then my 32s might be Ok after a wash.

Thankyou v much smile

blithedance Sun 13-Sep-09 22:44:40

Thanks for the brillo pad tip!

I shorten every pair of trousers I buy, but have learnt to wear/wash jeans a few times to get the length right. If you don't have a sewing machine it will look better professionally done and it isn't a big job.

I have been known to unpick thread from an inner seam to get the right tan colour for the new hem.

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