Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Sew" Easy - Hemming Pants & Jeans


Are your pants too long? Do your kids have pants that are too short, or the knees are worn out? Don't throw them out! Hemming pants and jeans is "Sew" Easy! Easy to follow directions and photos are included. Happy stitching!


For all pants and jeans, use a favorite pair of shorts to determine the length you will need. You will need to add additional length to the jeans and khakis to allow for the hem. Additional lengths are listed for each. 

Leggings

Cut to the desired length. Serge or zigzag stitch the cut edge. You are done!



Jeans and Heavier-weight Pants

Cut to the desired length, adding 3/4" to allow for the hem. 

Serge or zigzag stitch the cut edge. Turn under 3/4" and pin. 

Tip: You may either remove the pins as you sew, or carefully sew over the pins and remove them later. These "ball" pins are easy to remove. 



Machine stitch near the edge. Reinforce the stitching by "back-stitching" at the beginning and end of the seam. Press.


Tip: If you prefer, you can eliminate the pinning step and simply turn the fabric under as you sew. A hem gauge makes this step easy! 


You are finished!







Lightweight Pants (Khakis)

Cut to the desired length, allowing an additional 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" for the hem

Turn edge under about 1-1/4" to 1-1/2". Press. Turn edge under about 3/8" and press. 



Stitch close to the pressed edge. Reinforce the stitching by "back-stitching" at the beginning and end of the seam.




"Almost new" shorts!

It's "Sew" Easy!!



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