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November 30, 1272

How to Hem Your Jeans or Pants

Instructions for hemming an overlong pair of jeans to the perfect length from Ino Caluzo, owner of Viktor Denim Gallery.
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mc_how_to_hem_your_jeans.jpg1. Undo the old seam of the hem carefully by using a small pair of scissors, a seam ripper, or cutter.

2. Put on the pants. Fold each pant leg inward to the length that you desire. Keep in place using pins or masking tape.

3. Take off the pants. Turn them inside out. Measure the length of excess fabric you will cut. For formal pants/slacks, make sure the hem has a fold of 1 inch and for jeans, 1/2 inch.

4. Cut the excess fabric. Pin or tape in place.

5. Select a thread of the same color and thickness as the thread used in the original hem.

6. Sew hem into place. Iron the edge of the new hem on both legs to create a perfect crease.

(First published in Marie Claire, July 2006 as part of "15 Things Every Woman Should Know"; Photo source: sxc.hu) 

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  • Zyra Mar 03 2010 @ 10:12pm Report Abuse
       
    I am not a good sewer.. but with those step i think i can alter my pants and make a short out of which, to suit up heat of summer.
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  • Zyra Mar 03 2010 @ 10:12pm Report Abuse
       
    I am not a good sewer.. but with those step i think i can alter my pants and make a short out of which, to suit up heat of summer.
    Last modified A long time ago
  • Zyra Mar 03 2010 @ 10:12pm Report Abuse
       
    I am not a good sewer.. but with those step i think i can alter my pants and make a short out of which, to suit up heat of summer.
    Last modified Apr 07 2010 @ 03:33pm
  • badnobe Mar 08 2010 @ 12:07am Report Abuse
       
    i thought im the only one who has problem with this. i think i would never find a pair of pants that doesn't need cutting
    Last modified Apr 07 2010 @ 03:22pm
  • Eminess Mar 15 2010 @ 03:22pm Report Abuse
       
    sounds easy enough à i'll try this one, i have a pair of pants i don't wear anymore because i get so tired refolding them. thanks for this :D
    Last modified Apr 07 2010 @ 03:00pm
  • marchineness09 Apr 06 2010 @ 11:36pm Report Abuse
       
    I often do these especially when the end is long and already tattered. That's why I keep a sewing kit with me always.
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