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Dr. Cumin
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Subject: Hemming a pair of "fake cuffed pajama bottoms" Date: 7/24/13 7:07 AM

My husband just purchased a pair of silk pajamas. The pants are too long and have a "fake cuff" (It's completely attached with a bit of piping on the tip of the cuff.)

Is this sort of finish safe to alter? How do you go about it? I'm not even sure I should take a seam ripper to it?

Thanks in advance.

(I meant to post this in the Beginner's forum and can't figure out how to move it. Sorry for the error)
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Date: 7/24/13 9:55 AM

Excuse the cross posting. I accidentally put this in the wrong forum.
My husband just purchased a pair of silk pajamas. The pants are too long and have a "fake cuff" (It's completely attached with a bit of piping on the tip of the cuff.)

Is this sort of finish safe to alter? How do you go about it? I'm not even sure I should take a seam ripper to it?

Thanks in advance.

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Subject: Hemming a pair of fake cuffed pajamas Date: 7/24/13 2:58 PM

Try tuning up the cuff and baste 1/2 the length needed for shortening. Then unfold the cuff. If this looks okay, fold back up and serge the excess using the basting as the guide.

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Subject: Hemming a pair of fake cuffed pajamas Date: 7/24/13 6:00 PM

You could probably use of version of this tutorial on how to hem jeans without taking off the hem. http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2011/06/tutorial-how-to-hem-jeans-and-keep.html.
Leave the cuff, take up the excess on the inside above the cuff and sew a big tuck.

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Date: 7/24/13 9:00 PM

Link for tutorial.

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Date: 7/24/13 9:26 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to respond. When I started to pick the stitches apart, it made visual sense to me how to proceed. I've removed the piped cuff (I wasn't sure when I emailed that it was going to completely detach) and plan to cut off the excess leg, hem it, and hopefully replace the cuff. The slipperiness of the silk is my great concern at this point.

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Subject: Hemming a pair of fake cuffed pajama bottoms Date: 7/25/13 12:38 PM

I think what I would try, rather than taking off the cuffs, is on the right side, maneuver the cuffs up to where you want them and pin in place. That will make a "tuck" on the inside that you can sew a seam right next to the cuff. Then trim the inside tuck and serge or use an overcast or zigzag stitch for finishing. You may need to topstitch the cuff to make it l fay flat. I hope this makes sense. If the piping is at the top of the cuff, the topstitching could be done "stitch in the ditch" and should look fine!

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Date: 7/25/13 3:32 PM

I posted this on your other post this morning, but it is the same method as some others have said, just explained differently:

What I would try, rather than taking off the cuffs, is on the right side, maneuver the cuffs up to where you want them and pin in place. That will make a "tuck" on the inside that you can sew a seam right next to the cuff. Then trim the inside tuck and serge or use an overcast or zigzag stitch for finishing. You may need to topstitch the cuff to make it l lay flat. If the piping is at the top of the cuff, the topstitching could be done "stitch in the ditch" and should look fine!

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Subject: Hemming a pair of "fake cuffed pajama bottoms" Date: 7/25/13 7:05 PM

You might want to launder them a couple of times first...some things will be fine, and some things will shrink....

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Subject: Topic merged Date: 7/26/13 10:05 AM

Topic merged from Hemming a pair of "fake cuffed pajama bottoms" into Hemming a pair of "fake cuffed" pajamas

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