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DIY Guide: How to Hem Your Pants at Home Like a Pro

DIY Guide: How to Hem Your Pants at Home Like a Pro

Nick Pierson |


Photo credits: Jimmyscleaners.net, Sewing.com 


Are your pants dragging on the ground or bunching up at the ankles? Don't rush to the tailor just yet! Learning how to hem your pants at home can save you time and money while giving you perfectly tailored trousers. Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or a complete beginner, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process. Let's get started!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

First things first, gather all the necessary supplies:

  • Pants
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing pins
  • Fabric chalk or washable marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Step 2: Determine the Length

Put on the pants and fold the bottom edge to the desired length. Use a mirror or ask for assistance to ensure the length is even.

Pro Tip: For dress pants, the hem should gently touch the top of your shoe, while jeans can have a slightly longer hem.

Step 3: Mark the Hem

Once you've found the perfect length, use fabric chalk or a washable marker to mark the hemline. Make sure the markings are straight and even all the way around the pants.

Step 4: Pin the Hem

Fold the bottom edge of the pants up to the marked hemline and pin it in place. Make sure the fold is even and smooth all the way around the leg.

Step 5: Iron

Remove the pants and iron the folded hem to create a crisp edge. This will make it easier to sew and ensure a professional-looking finish.

Step 6: Sew the Hem

Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew along the folded edge of the hem. Use a straight stitch or a blind hem stitch for a clean finish.

Pro Tip: Match the thread color to your pants for a seamless look.

Step 7: Trim Excess Fabric

Once the hem is sewn, trim any excess fabric, leaving a small seam allowance. Be careful not to cut too close to the stitching.

Step 8: Press

Finally, give the hem one last press with the iron to set the stitches and ensure a neat appearance.

Voila! You've successfully hemmed your pants at home. Put them on and admire your handiwork!

Remember, practice makes perfect. Don't worry if your first attempt isn't flawless – with time and experience, you'll become a hemming expert.

For more sewing tips and tricks, check out these helpful resources:

  1. Sewing Basics: Essential Techniques for Beginners https://www.sewingsociety.com/sewing-basics-techniques-beginners

  2. How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch https://www.sewingsociety.com/how-to-sew-blind-hem-stitch

Happy hemming!