- Step 1: Remove the original hem using a seam ripper.
- Step 2: Put on the garment, with shoes, and fold it under to the desired length. Use a floor-length mirror to make sure the new hem is an equal distance from the floor.
- TIP: Garments should always be washed and dried before hemming to reduce shrinking.
- Step 3: Pin the hem into place.
- Step 4: Take the pants off, being careful of the straight pins, and turn them inside out.
- Step 5: Iron the pinned hem to create a crease, and then remove the pins.
- Step 6: Turn the extra fabric in to meet at the crease and pin it in place.
- TIP: If the extra fabric is longer than two inches, trim to two inches before folding it.
- Step 7: Try on the garment one more time to make sure the pinned hems are even. Make any adjustments at this point.
- Step 8: Hand-sew the top of the hem, using small stitches all the way around.
- FACT: The first sewing needles were made out of bone approximately 17,000 years ago.
You Will Need
- A seam ripper
- A floor-length mirror
- Straight pins
- An iron
- A sewing needle