Removing a Hemline From Jeans?

April 16, 2009

Repairing Faded Hemline When Lengthening JeansI have a pair of nice dress jeans that I had to hem. I would now like to take out the hem because they shrunk a bit. There is definite 'faded' line at the edge. What's a trick to get rid of the line so the fade line doesn't show?


By Kim from Crawford, CO


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You can't really get rid of a fade line. But you can camouflage it by taking a fine permanent marker in a matching color, then lightly draw little lines up & down on the line. Unless the jeans are dark black, then use the marker to color in the faded area. If it's to dark, rubbing alcohol can sometimes remove (or smear) permanent marker ink. If the jeans are light colored, you can use a colored pencil, but you'll most likely have to do it again after washing. I use a black sharpie on my black pants when I've splattered bleach on them. I've also use a blue colored ball-point pen on bleach spots on blue jeans.


* If it were me, I'd buy a matching color of lace (blue or black) from a fabric store then sew the lace over the faded line! This will look awesome!


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Press with steam cloth wet with vinegar,it works on dresses, good luck.


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Back in the day we used to hide those by putting embroidery or whatever all around. I can just see it with crystals.

December 17, 20130 found this helpful
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if you can find the same fabric in a fabric store as your jeans are, or atleast close in color, try adding a little length to the jeans to make a wide hem and make a fold up cuff, just enough to cover the hem line.

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February 15, 2018

I am lengthening my jeans and there is white line all around the blue jeans. Do I have dye these to remove the line?

Repairing Faded Hemline When Lengthening Jeans


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February 16, 20180 found this helpful
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Sharpies are now made in quite a few colors so you may be able to find a match - or close.

  • If you use a darker color you can lighten it some with a cloth dipped in vinegar - just smear it on the line and into surrounding area.
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  • You do not say if this is for a male or female but if for a female then you could try adding a strip of lace or other material.
  • If you visit one of the big craft stores in your area, I feel sure they would have lots of suggestions.
  • You mentioned dying... This is not an easy task and there is no guarantee that your line will not still be lighter than the rest of the jeans.

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February 18, 20180 found this helpful
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I would be really bold and glue with" Washable Fabric Glue " a 1/2 inch wide piece of ribbon all around the white line, if you like try and match the color of the jeans OR being really daring use a pretty light color ribbon.

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May 9, 2006

I'm quite tall and always have to let the hems down in any pants I buy for added length. Recently, I purchased a pair of cotton twill cream colored pants and after letting the hem down, I can't get the crease out. I've tried all my past tricks i.e. ironing, steaming and white vinegar... nothing is working. Please help.

Eva from Roscoe, IL


By Pat (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

Put lace or some kind of trim along the seem.

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May 11, 20060 found this helpful

Thirty years ago when I was in college and money was tight I use to put really sharp creases in my jeans. While they were still wet out of the washer I'd lay them out with a crease and then use a kitchen knife to gently run up and down the crease and they came out really pronounced.


Maybe it would work for you in reverse, to take out creases. Wet the hem, lay it flat and gently run a knife over the seam to try to work it out.

By Judy from Pa (Guest Post)
May 12, 20060 found this helpful

I have used a pressing cloth with vinegar. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. The vinegar smell will go away. I would give it a try.

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