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NVR: For those who sew...

I bought a pair of jeans the other day that fit me great everywhere once I washed and dried them except for the waist, which is too big. I'm pretty good with a sewing machine, but I've never taken in the waist of pants before. Any tips/suggestions?

Taking the waist in on jeans is about the worst job ever.  Place darts on the back of the waistband between the belt loops.  You can also make a tuck at the side seam on one or the other side of the belt loop.  You'll likely have to do both of these things to get them to fit because you can't take up too much in one place. This is the easier way.  Oh and be careful not to sew the pockets into your doin's.

You can always take off the waistband, take them in, put the waistband back on.  I don't recommend this in store bought pants because you never know what you are looking at.  There could be 1/4-inch seams, the zipper might not be long enough at the top to catch it back in when you put the waistband on (I have also lost the tab off the top of zippers and ruined the jeans). 

You can do it either way.  If I try to buy jeans I have to get about 4 inches out of the waist by the time they fit the rest of me.  So, I make my jeans.  It is not difficult, I used to make a lot of them for my girls too.  I used a denim sewing machine needle, which you might want for the alteration.  They are made by Schmetz and say "Jean" or "denim" needle on the package.  They have a different shape to the shaft and are not cylindrical. 

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Thanks! I might try the dart thing first and see if that will be enough--I don't even really have hips, so it's weird that the waist is so big...

I read about taking the waistband off, but I was hoping there was an alternative, so I appreciate the suggestion!

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DON'T try to take the waistband off jeans unless you have the patience of a saint and all the time in the world. Those puppies were sewed to STAY sewed. I tried to un pick the flat-felled leg seam on a pair of jeans once...and quickly gave up.
The dart idea is good, but make sure you use a heavier needle on your machine. Or, do what I did--baste the dart in  and take it to my local shoe-repair shop and get the nice man to sew it on his leather-sewing machine. He laughed, but he did it.

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DON'T try to take the waistband off jeans unless you have the patience of a saint and all the time in the world. Those puppies were sewed to STAY sewed. I tried to un pick the flat-felled leg seam on a pair of jeans once...and quickly gave up.
The dart idea is good, but make sure you use a heavier needle on your machine. Or, do what I did--baste the dart in  and take it to my local shoe-repair shop and get the nice man to sew it on his leather-sewing machine. He laughed, but he did it.

Haha, we have a shoe repair shop right down the street :)...I might have to try that since my machine is pretty wimpy.

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