When it comes to fashion, it’s all about the proper fit. Even if those pair of pants that you just purchased fits you perfectly around the waist, it’s not so easy getting that perfect length. Hemming your own pants is so easy that the proper leg length should never be a problem. The tools that you’re going to need to hem are a seam ripper, scissors, chalk, measuring tape, a sewing kit, an iron and an ironing board.
The first step to hemming your own pants is to remove the stitching that is already there. This is where you’re going to use your seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching and make sure not to cut or poke the fabric itself. At the edge of the hem, you may see a sort of zigzagged stitch, which we’re going to want to keep intact.
Next, is finding the length of your pants that you want to hem. Be sure to put on a pair of shoes and fold your pants at the exact length that you want your hem. Pin the hem at the top and bottom and take a look in the mirror to see if this is the size that you want.
Time to take off your pants, turn them inside out, and with your measuring tape, find the length from the bottom fold to the top edge of the fabric that you folded up and inside the leg. You can now use this measurement to pin and fold the rest of the hem. Here is where you can use the chalk to mark and measure all the way around to make sure the hem is even. Now, repeat these steps to the other leg in the same way.
To put your new hem into place, you’re going to need to iron it down. Iron all the way around the bottom edge as you’re removing pins. Repeat for the other leg and don’t be worried to make mistakes because you can always remeasure and iron before we begin the sewing process.
The last step to hemming your own pants comes to the sewing process. Be sure to pick a color of thread that matches the color of the pants and generally it is a good idea to use a piece of thread that is at least three feet in length. Thread a medium-sized needle and begin stitching a straight stitch 1/8 inch from the top of the hem and go all the way around. That’s it! Your hem is now complete. and you will never have to worry about improper sizing again.
Remember, if you ever have trouble hemming your own pants, we can take care of the alteration process for you!