Mommy Hobbies: how to hem pants
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
I NEVER thought I would be posting something so easy yet so mentally challenging. I am such a newbie at this that it’s laughable. But, the other day I had a lady approach me with six pairs of pants to hem. I was so nervous, but I smiled and said no problem. I kept thinking, “well, I’ll just go really slow and if I mess up I won’t charge her”. It’s sort of intimidating having people trust you with their clothing, especially if you’re green behind the ears!
I’ve seen noticeably “hemmed” pants before and didn’t like how they looked. Pants just aren’t the same, especially jeans, if they don’t have that lumpy, telltale little hem down at the bottom. It’s a complete eyesore to see a pair of jeans lopped off and sewn up.
A while back I found a tutorial that I was so impressed with and decided to stash it away for the future. Bingo. You can find the tutorial HERE. It’s so, so easy and the pants look amazing.
There are only three steps.
First, find how many inches need to be taken off the pants and divide that number in half. (so if 3 inches need to be taken off, cuff the pants to 1.5 inches)(in this instance, 2 inches needed to be taken off so I pinned the cuff at 1 inch)
Second, sew directly above the original hem. I used my zipper foot. It allowed me to see where I was sewing much more easily than the standard foot.( you can see where I sewed, directly above the original hem)
Never thought a tutorial would make me feel like a genius, but this one did. Hope this helps!