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All you need is a needle, thread, some fabric, and these step by step instructions to start sewing.
You Will Need
- A pair of pants
- Scissors or a seam ripper
- A friend
- An ironing board
- Measuring tape
- An iron
- A needle
- A dry or damp cloth (optional)
Let hem out
Let out the existing hem with a pair of scissors or a seam ripper.
Try pants on
Try the pants on with the shoes you’ll wear them with. Have a friend help determine the right length and pin the pant legs at your new hemline.
Fold at pin line
Take the pants off, turn them inside out, place them on an ironing board, and fold the bottom at the pin line.
Measure new hem
Measure from the pin to the bottom of the pants; then measure your fold all the way around each leg to make sure it’s the same.
Iron in new hemline
Iron each leg at the pin line and fold the hem allowance in half so the raw end is tucked into the new hem for a more finished look; then iron them again.
Pick a matching thread color and sew an invisible hem by using a loop-type stitch between the hem allowance and pant leg, being careful not to stitch all the way through the pant leg or pull the thread too tight.
Try pants back on
Turn the pants right side out and iron a final time. Double check your hem length by trying on the pants and shoes.