My newspaper column today about the woes of hemming jeans prompted a number of readers to share their own creative solutions to the dilemma. Marcia revealed the secret of the "pintuck" hem, first described to her by a middle school principal "who had learned it from…you guessed it, a Nordstrom’s tailor." This link describes the method in more detail. According to Marcia, "It also helps to topstitch the tuck in place, as close to the original hem as possible."
There's a New York City tailor who will hem jeans for $3? I predict shoppers will be lining up outside Ludlow Street Tailors (a half block north of Delancey, diagonally north to the public garage). The price just went up from $2. Wait is minimum 20 minutes. Take the F train to Delancey and say thank you to the generous reader who shared this tip.
And Naoma reminded me that it's not necessary to follow the fashion pack to look good: "I am 5 ' 2" tall. I simply fold the bottom up and hem them by hand with an invisible stitch. The bottom is then smooth without that JEAN HEM. I like the way they look -- different, but my own individual style! "
UPDATE: Another NYC tailor, recommended by Deborah, a generous reader: Kegan's Custom Tailor
224 East 74th Street NY, NY 10021 212-794-4893 (Expect to pay about $20 for an original hem).