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FIX A HEM
Fixing a hem at home is an inexpensive way to keep clothes looking their best. We will show 3 ways to accomplish this task. The one you choose will depend on the time you have to make the repair and how comfortable you are with sewing.
The 3 ways to fix a hem are:
- Singer Instant Hem Tape
- Singer Iron-On Fusing Web
- Traditional Hand Sewing
Depending on which method you use to secure your hem, below are the supplies you will need:
- Singer® Straight Pins
- Singer® Measuring Tape
- Singer® Scissors
- Singer® Comfort Gel Seam Ripper
- Singer® Slip Stop Thimbles
- Singer® Needle Threaders
- Singer® Hand Needles or Self-Threading Needles
- Singer® Instant Hem Tape
- Singer® Iron-on Fusing Web
- Thread to match your pants
- Iron with Steam Setting
- Ironing Board or flat surface (layer bath towels to protect a table or other surface)
How to measure your new hem:
If your fabric is fairly thin, or if your hem adjustment is small, you may want to take out the original hem seam with a Singer® Seam Ripper and press flat.
- Put the pants on in front of a full-length mirror, wearing the shoes you intend to wear with the pants. This will help you determine your exact desired length.
- Fold one pant leg up, adjusting the fold until you've achieved your desired length. Secure with a straight pin. You only need to pin in one place.
- Take the pants off and iron about a 6-inch-long crease over the fold you've created. This will mark your new hem. Remove pin and unfold.
- Measure from your new crease mark to the bottom (existing hem) of the pants. This is your hem adjustment length. If you're shortening more than an inch or two, or if your pants have a thick original hem (like jeans), you may need to cut an inch or two of material off the bottom to minimize bulkiness. If you do cut your fabric, make sure to measure and mark first to ensure consistency all the way around the pant leg.
- Turn the pants inside out and fold the bottoms up on each pant leg. Measure the fold in several places, adjusting to ensure that the amount of fabric you're folding matches the measurement from Step 4. Pin as you go. When pins are in place, use the iron to press the fold all around. This crease marks the new length of your pants.
- To measure the other leg, simply repeat step 5, using the measurement from step 4.
Now you're ready to secure your new hem!
Instant Hem Tape:
For a quick, no-sew fix on the go, use Singer® Instant Hem Tape.
- With the pants inside out, fold your crease open on a firm surface. Place the bottom edge of the tape along the line of the crease, and press firmly with your fingers.
- Remove the backing paper from the top of the tape.
- Carefully fold the fabric over the tape, and smooth with your hands.
Remember, this is a temporary bond. Read all package instructions before using.
Iron-on Fusing Web:
If the fabric of your pants can be steam-pressed, this no-sew option may be for you.
- With the pants inside out, fold your crease open on a firm surface. Place the bottom edge of the iron-on fusing web along the line of the crease and fold your fabric back over the tape.
- Following package instructions, use iron at correct setting to apply heat and bond fabric together.
This method creates a sturdy bond, but is not permanent. You may need to re-apply fusing after several washes. Read all package instructions before using.
Hand-stitching your hem will be the most permanent fix for your pants.
- Thread your needle with thread the color of your pants.
- With the pants still inside out, tuck the edge of the fabric down into your crease, keeping it even all around. Pin and press.
- Keeping the pants inside out, blind stitch the top fold of the turned-under fabric to the pant leg. Be careful not to pull the thread too tight, as this can cause bunching. Be sure to secure the ends of the thread.
If you choose to machine-stitch instead, use a medium-length straight stitch and sew about 1/8 inch below the top of the fold, back-stitching at the beginning and end.