I want to shorten my daughters pants and I was wondering how much extra length should I give myself so I get a hem like the stores give them?
Sandy from IL
I always allow 2 inches and turn the first inch under then the next. (12/29/2004)
I always look at the existing hem before shortening and try to duplicate them. If I am doing denim jeans I cut to within 1/2 of where I want to shorten then add bias tape to the edge. I match my bobbin thread to as close to the thread in the seams. Don't forget to iron your hem before stitching, a real time saver. (12/30/2004)
By Jeanne in Maine
As a general rule of thumb: Give 1 1/2 inch for a hem allowance, turn under 1/2 inch and press then stitch, to give a clean finish to the end product. Then turn up your 1 full inch, press and stitch with 1/4 to 1/2 inch stitches by hand. If you use a Serger you can eliminate the 1/2 inch in the beginning and just finish the raw edge with the Serger and continue to hem the pants. One thing to consider, though is that all hems looks better and more professional when done by hand unless you have a machine to do invisible stitching.
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