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Tips & Techniques > Hemming Pants (especially if different length on legs)

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Posted on: 5/26/10 12:38 PM
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Hemming pants (tip from a tailor who gave us tips at club)

�Put on the size heel you plan to wear with the pants.

�Use a 1 foot steel ruler (shave the ends off ruler so it is exactly 12 inches end to end for better accuracy).

�Put on your freshly pressed new (or old) pants and adjust them to where and how you wear them.

�Take your tailor chalk, ruler and stand on a hard surface floor.

�Have someone from behind you pull the pants down from bottom to straighten and adjust as you need to stand straight to get an accurate measurement.

�Have your helper place the 1-foot ruler on the floor, center back of pants and chalk mark exactly 12 inches from the floor up on both pant legs.

�Take off your pants and line them up on your cutting board (as if to press front and back center creases, legs perfectly aligned).

�Align the back chalk marks (don't be surprised if one leg is longer than the other, this is the NORM).

�Measure down exactly 10.5 inches from the chalk mark and mark this location. It will give you an exact hemline of 1.5 inches off the floor wearing your selected heel. Fold under, press and you have your hemline! Both legs will be the same length on you, too!

�TIP: You can also use your steel ruler to mark the hem line by just placing it lengthwise on the "aligned" lower pants and chalk following your ruler, flip up one layer (top leg) and draw your chalk on the second leg also chalking other side of the top leg at the same time, flip up again and get the lower bottom side. If you want the center front a little shorter (example a tailored pant) you can angle your ruler upward while doing this. Do not exceed 1/2 inch if angling. Use your rotary cutter and ruler to cut off excess leaving room for a 1.5-inch hem. DO NOT cut on chalk line but 1.5 inches lower :)

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Angie M said... (1/5/11 10:25 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for the tip! I cannot wait to try it out!
koo104 said... (5/27/10 11:44 PM) Reply
Same trick for long skirts. 1. mark your level 12" fm the floor wearing the shoes you will with the dress. 2. Determine how far off the floor you want the finished hem & turn up & pin in 1 spot. Take off the dress and measure how far down from the 12" pin line on a table or ironing board and mark all around skirt. Proceed to hem as planned. It is fast and so much more accurate. Less time to start figeting.
sewnsewtoo said... (5/27/10 3:15 PM) Reply
Thank you so much. I've seen the alterations people do this, but didn't know the formula . So thanks again.
joann said... (5/27/10 12:37 PM) Reply
Thank you, I have seen the way tailor's do this but could never figure out how it worked - and never asked! Great info - going into my Sewing Tips file immediately.
Diane333 said... (5/27/10 7:49 AM) Reply
good points
kws said... (5/27/10 7:48 AM) Reply
so one chalk mark in the center back will do for the whole bottom? Awesome.
JodieT said... (5/27/10 0:37 AM) Reply
Thank you for your tip. I need this for altering jean lengths as well for my girls.
Winifred said... (5/26/10 5:51 PM) Reply
Thankyou very much for this. I think I have read it before but in much less detail, this will be very useful
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