3 quick ways of fixing a hem

July 27, 2015

Learning how to take up a hem is an easy and useful skill to learn. If a pair of pants or skirt is just a little too long you can fix them yourself rather than relying on a tailor. The same goes for fixing a hem – especially in an emergency.

3 quick ways of fixing a hem

10 steps for basic hemming

Hemming fundamentals

Follow these steps to shorten a piece of clothing:

  • Wear the clothing with the height of shoes and belt you will wear with it.
  • Get someone to help you mark the length with pins.
  • To accurately measure from the floor, use a meter or yardstick.
  • Turn the hem up and iron it into place.
  • If you are losing a lot of length, cut away the surplus material and leave three centimetres (1 1/4 inches) for the hem.
  • Iron under the raw edge of lightweight material 0.5 centimetres (1/4 inch).
  • For heavy material, machine sew bias tape.
  • Pin the hem flat into place and smooth away any extra material throughout the width to prevent tucks.
  • Sew with a slipstitch.

6 tips for hem repair

Hem Repair

  • If a hem is unravelling, a slipstitch is enough to fix it.
  • Figure out where the hem has come loose. Place a knot on the hem about seven centimetre (three inches) form this spot.
  • Push the needle through the hem and lop it through a thread on the inside of the garment.
  • Do this stitch every 0.5 centimetres (1/4 inch) across the unravelled section. When you have finished tis, keep going for about seven centimetres (three inches) beyond.
  • When you are done, anchor the thread with a knot.
  • Finish off by pressing to keep the new hem in place.

4 steps for hem repair without sewing

Your hem needs fixing and you don’t have time to sew it? The following problems will fix it in a jiff.

  • Use double-faced mending tape to hold a hem in place until the garment is laundered.
  • Use fabric glue for a quick fix and five-minute drying, It washes off afterwards.
  • Fabric glue dries in five minutes and is washable.
  • For a longer-lasting fix, use fusible web. Apply it with an iron and pressing cloth. Follow manufacturer's directions for heat level.

Easy and quick hemming

Even if you're short of time, dealing with a hem is easy if you follow these tips. You'll never have a hem emergency again.

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