10 Nov 2011, 12:30pm
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  • Sewing: How To Hem Pants

    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)

    Third, flip the pant hem down and press.  It honestly looks good as new and the original lumpy, standard hem is still intact. 

     

    Never thought a tutorial would make me feel like a genius, but this one did.  Hope this helps!

    You are so awesome, Misha! When I grow up, I seriously want to be like you! (really, no joke!)

    10 Nov 2011, 1:12pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    You’re hysterical. I have so much more room to grow and if only I could learn from you!!

    10 Nov 2011, 2:57pm
    by Colette Connolly

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    Thank you so much for posting this. My mom just bought me a pair of ” Pajama jeans” and they are WAAAY too long! Now I can try this and can finally start actually wearing them. Thanks again Misha :-D <3

     
     
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