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Subject: what is the smallest hem you would put in pants? (with show-off pics) Date: 8/5/12 9:50 PM

I think I may have found a TNT pant pattern! I'm nearly done Jalie 2909 and they fit pretty good (will post a pic soon!). The only problem is, I have about a 1.5 cm hem if I want to wear heels. If I serge the bottom and do this small hem, do you think this will work? Or would you just give a 1'' hem and always wear with flats?

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Date: 8/5/12 11:09 PM

Yes I think surge then a small hem, I always surge then cover stitch.

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Date: 8/5/12 11:44 PM

You could face the hem with bias tape or fabric even. That way you can fold up right past where the facing joins the hem. Just an idea that I used with a son who grew inches and inches taller without gaining an ounce.
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Date: 8/6/12 0:16 AM

I have long legs and have had more than one pair of pants that had facing hems. They make a very nice hem. Sometimes I use a contrasting fabric - just for fun!

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Date: 8/6/12 0:41 AM

facing is a great idea! Thanks ladies :)

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Date: 8/6/12 5:42 PM

These look pretty long, they are puddling on the floor. How high a heel are you looking to wear? You can always face the hem so that you can use a blindstitch or hand hem for a deeper hem. Next time you can make the pattern longer. It's hard to tell what fabric you used, but I only machine hem with topstitching for denim or other sporty fabric.

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Date: 8/6/12 6:44 PM

I ended up remeasuring and I was able to do a scant 1'' hem and still have enough to wear a 2'' heel. Yes, at 5'9 I still feel the urge to be taller

The fabric is a wool/lycra (I think, it was in the clearance bin) and I used the blind stitch on my machine.

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