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Three Ways to Hem Pants

Working as a fashion producer and stylist, Tara Williams is always having to hem pants on the fly. Here she shows us three quick ways to do it in a flash.

Double Sided Tape

This method works best on heavier fabrics like jeans, and is a temporary solution if you happen to get caught with your pants, er, hems down.

  1. Turn pants inside out.
  2. Start at the seams, applying a piece of tape to the inside of the pant, removing the protective paper on the other side of the tape, and securing to the inside hem.
  3. Work in manageable lengths, applying one piece of tape to each side of the pant. There is no need to wrap tape around the entire pant leg.

Fusible Tape

This method is a little more permanent, and great for lighter weight trousers.

  1. Turn pant inside out, measure both sides evenly.
  2. Put fusible tape in between pant and hem.
  3. Iron and voila!

Basting - Simple Stitch

Basting is a loose stitch that does not show through on the outside hem. It's a more permanent solution for any type of fabric.

  1. With a needle and thread, stitch around the hem by grabbing a tiny part of the outer layer of the pant and a larger chunk of the inner layer. This method will ensure the thread remains invisible on the outside.


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