Whether You're Lengthening or
Shortening A Garment...
This Simple Technique Will Help
You Get The Job Done
Hemming a skirt, pair of pants, dress,
shirt, blouse, etc. doesn't have to be a difficult task.
One technique is very similar to making a casing on a curtain like the one on the Simple Curtains page. The difference is, the hem on your garment will be
closed all the way around.
Use This Technique If You're Going To Use A Sewing Machine To Complete The
After you try on your garment and mark it to the length you want (don't forget to have the shoes on
you plan on wearing when you hem pant legs).
If you have to cut the fabric, cut it to be one to
1 1/2 inches longer than the desired length.
Press the hem under at your measured hem line and pin in place.
Try the garment on to make sure it's the right length and it looks ok.
If it's good, at the top of the hem, press under a 1/2 inch so that you can't see the rough
edge of the hem.
Now just run a straight stitch at the top of the hem. Try to match the thread as closely as
possible to the fabric. If you don't have an exact match, use a
thread slightly darker than the fabric.
How Do You Hem Using A Needle and Thread?
Easy. Follow the same instructions as above except, eliminate the step using the
Instead, use a needle and thread and slip stitch (or blind stitch) the hem in
place. Make sure your stitches are small approximately a half inch apart, so that
it's difficult to see them on the outside of the garment. You do this by inserting the needle in
the main part of the garment, and "pick up" one strand
of fabric if possible. This will help with not seeing the stitches on the right side of the