Whether you have 10, 20, or 100 pairs of pants with too much length on the hem, these ten steps will have you shortening your pants in no time!
Tools needed for hemming pants
There are a few different ways that you can hem your pants, but the most common way is to use a sewing machine. You will also need a tape measure, pins, fabric scissors, and thread in order to complete this project.
If you are using a sewing machine, start by measuring the length of your pant leg from the bottom of the pant leg to the desired length. When measuring, make sure to add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. Cut off any excess fabric at the bottom of the pant leg.
Next, fold up the bottom of the pant leg so that the raw edge is even with the rest of the pant leg. Pin in place.
Sew along the pinned edge using a straight stitch. Start at one end of the pinned edge and sew all the way around until you reach the other end. Trim any excess thread.
Now try on your pants to make sure they fit how you want them to! If they’re too long or too short, you can always adjust accordingly and sew them again.
How to take in an inch or two of the length and bottom hem of your pants
Assuming you don’t have a sewing machine and need to do it by hand, start with a basic running stitch.
For a running stitch, poke the needle through the fabric from the backside about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric. Then poke the needle back up through the fabric about 1/4 inch away from where you first poked it through. Continue this process until you’ve reached the end of your seam. Remember to leave a long tail of thread at the beginning so you can tie off your stitches when you’re done.
Once you’ve finished your running stitch, it’s time to start taking in the excess fabric. To do this, simply pull on the thread until the fabric starts to gather. You can make your gathers as tight or as loose as you like, but keep in mind that they will need to be even all along the seam. Once you’re happy with how your gathers look, tie off your thread securely and trim any excess.
Now it’s time to sew down your gathers. Start by sewing a straight line down the center of your seam, making sure to catch all of the gathers in your stitching. Then sew the second row of stitches about 1/4 inch away from your first row. This will help reinforce your gathering and prevent them from coming undone over time.
Finally, press your hem flat with an iron and enjoy your newly hemmed pants!
Sewing your own pants.
Before sewing your own hems, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need a tape measure, a pair of sharp scissors, thread that matches your fabric, and a needle. You’ll also need a straight edge to use as a guide for cutting and sewing. Once you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to get started!
To hem your pants, start by measuring the desired length from the bottom of the pant leg. Cut the fabric at this measurement, making sure to leave enough fabric for a seam allowance. Use a straight edge to fold the fabric under at the desired hemline and pin it in place.
Sew the hem in place using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Start at the inside of the pant leg and work your way out. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure it in place. Trim any excess thread and fabric, and you’re done!