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Denim Hem (shortening) Tips

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I have had varying success with having denim (mostly Diesel) hemmed. The main mistake was probably taking them to the tailor before washing, and then under or over compensating for shrinkage, leading to jeans that are just too short or some that are just too long where I walk on the hem. I recently washed a pair (100% cotton) before getting hemmed and it worked out pretty well

I have a few more pairs to hem. Any tips on the perfect hem? Wash? dryer? Does the material make a difference? (100% cotton, 2% spandex, lyocell, 32% polyester)
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Any advice out there? I've got two pairs waiting to go to the tailor.
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Originally Posted by borg View Post

I have had varying success with having denim (mostly Diesel) hemmed. The main mistake was probably taking them to the tailor before washing, and then under or over compensating for shrinkage, leading to jeans that are just too short or some that are just too long where I walk on the hem. I recently washed a pair (100% cotton) before getting hemmed and it worked out pretty well

I have a few more pairs to hem. Any tips on the perfect hem? Wash? dryer? Does the material make a difference? (100% cotton, 2% spandex, lyocell, 32% polyester)


If you're not sure about the shrinkage, Wash it before shortening and maybe wore it couple times to let it adjust and Stretch to your body, and then Hem it. I wouldnt use the dryer after washing.

 

I have found that the "basic" wash codes, like 886Z (plain black) did shrink a couple (3-5) of cm's after washing, but nothing too bad. I dont think cotton or stretch materials really makes difference.

 

If youre jeans are treated in somekind of stonewash or similar to that, I dont think they shrink so much, than the Jeans that arent treated at all. Hope it helps.

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Thanks Jyri, I will wear them around the house a bit before having them hemmed, good idea.

Like I said, buying them new and having them immediately hemmed has not worked out for me. I think washing then wearing is a good simulation of what the jeans would end up like.
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Also check out this wiki for some tips: http://www.denimblog.com/c/a/11-tips-for-hemming-your-jeans

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Thanks! That is helpful!
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