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  • Amesbury
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    For distressed denim you can shorten the inseam while preserving the look of the factory hem by doing a "euro hem" or "magic hem". There appear to be some variations of it and some produce nicer outcomes than others. This video is the best version of the hem that I have found: https://youtu.be/eQ8CMCLS5rY
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  • paintflinger
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    I'd wash the raw denim prior to hemming it in case you lose some length.

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  • doomx
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    What ac6 said. Double cuffed with sneakers and hemmed uncuffed with more dressy shoes.

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Originally posted by dpark View Post
    Not light denim. Distressed denim. If you hem pre-distressed dark denim, the hem will also look kind of strange.
    Got it. Thanks.

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  • dpark
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    Originally posted by sdjackofclubs View Post
    Now I know. Don't hem light denim. Though, I'm sure that will be my last pair of light denim...at least for the foreseeable future. Thanks again!
    Not light denim. Distressed denim. If you hem pre-distressed dark denim, the hem will also look kind of strange.

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Originally posted by dpark View Post
    Your light wash jeans looked strange because they were distressed. Hemming them lost the distressing on the factory hem, so the hem didn't match any more. (Though I'd expect them to look strange cuffed or not in this case.) This isn't an issue for raw denim, because there is no distressing on the factory hem.

    Nothing wrong with hemming them short for loafers/etc., though.
    Now I know. Don't hem light denim. Though, I'm sure that will be my last pair of light denim...at least for the foreseeable future. Thanks again!

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  • dpark
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    Originally posted by sdjackofclubs View Post
    I've hemmed numerous pairs of jeans. Most look fine, but I don't cuff them. I hemmed one pair of J.Crew 770 jeans in a light wash. Same situation - bought a 33x32. Wanted to wear them casually with sneakers and boat shoes. Had them hemmed 2". Should have just left them as is, and dealt with the extra fabric. I only asked about these particular jeans because I had never previously purchased raw denim. Never felt the need to spend the extra $. But since I got them at a steal, I wanted to avoid fucking them up.

    I think I've made my decision. Will likely hem them on the shorter side to wear to work with loafers or oxfords or chukkas. Again, thanks for the insight!
    Your light wash jeans looked strange because they were distressed. Hemming them lost the distressing on the factory hem, so the hem didn't match any more. (Though I'd expect them to look strange cuffed or not in this case.) This isn't an issue for raw denim, because there is no distressing on the factory hem.

    Nothing wrong with hemming them short for loafers/etc., though.

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Like this...

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Originally posted by dpark View Post
    Is the person hemming your jeans creating the right kind of hem? Raw, non-distressed denim that has been hemmed should basically be indistinguishable from denim that was hemmed to the same length during manufacturing. The only noticeable difference should generally be the stitch.

    Now if you're talking about distressed denim, yeah, taking the factory hem off distressed denim will make it look strange.
    I've hemmed numerous pairs of jeans. Most look fine, but I don't cuff them. I hemmed one pair of J.Crew 770 jeans in a light wash. Same situation - bought a 33x32. Wanted to wear them casually with sneakers and boat shoes. Had them hemmed 2". Should have just left them as is, and dealt with the extra fabric. I only asked about these particular jeans because I had never previously purchased raw denim. Never felt the need to spend the extra $. But since I got them at a steal, I wanted to avoid fucking them up.

    I think I've made my decision. Will likely hem them on the shorter side to wear to work with loafers or oxfords or chukkas. Again, thanks for the insight!

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  • dpark
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    Originally posted by sdjackofclubs View Post
    Meaning, I have previously hemmed 32" jeans to 30" with the intention of cuffing them, but find that the finished bottom looks too...polished, for lack of a better word. I'll probably end up hemming them to 28" so I can just wear them without a cuff. Thanks for the insight!
    Is the person hemming your jeans creating the right kind of hem? Raw, non-distressed denim that has been hemmed should basically be indistinguishable from denim that was hemmed to the same length during manufacturing. The only noticeable difference should generally be the stitch.

    Now if you're talking about distressed denim, yeah, taking the factory hem off distressed denim will make it look strange.

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  • ac6
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    I think it really depends on how you usually wear your jeans. I typically double-cuff mine, but I think that only looks good with sneakers and workwear boots. I'd prefer to have a jean hemmed to no break if I were going to wear them with wingtips or dress boots.

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  • DocDave
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    Originally posted by evanparker View Post
    haha when i googl'd for that pic i found this HAHA it's so bad... wait for it... wait for it...




    Hahahahaha. Nice. thanks for the morning smile/laugh.

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Originally posted by dpark View Post
    What do you mean? Essentially every pair of jeans is hemmed. Do you mean you don't like the look of jeans that are hemmed short and then cuffed? That could be a bit much, so decide if you want to cuff and hem at the appropriate length.

    If you normally cuff a 30 and these are 32, you should definitely get them hemmed, though. Hem them to 30 if that's the look you want. Don't cuff 3-4 inches of material. That's generally not a good look.
    Meaning, I have previously hemmed 32" jeans to 30" with the intention of cuffing them, but find that the finished bottom looks too...polished, for lack of a better word. I'll probably end up hemming them to 28" so I can just wear them without a cuff. Thanks for the insight!

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  • dpark
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    Originally posted by sdjackofclubs View Post
    I like the look of a hemmed jean, and also a cuffed jean. Though, there is something goofy looking about a hemmed jean that is then cuffed
    What do you mean? Essentially every pair of jeans is hemmed. Do you mean you don't like the look of jeans that are hemmed short and then cuffed? That could be a bit much, so decide if you want to cuff and hem at the appropriate length.

    If you normally cuff a 30 and these are 32, you should definitely get them hemmed, though. Hem them to 30 if that's the look you want. Don't cuff 3-4 inches of material. That's generally not a good look.

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  • sdjackofclubs
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    Originally posted by evanparker View Post
    I always hem my selvedge so I can still cuff them, so like a inch long.
    Will consider this too. Thank you!

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