It's probably happened to you: You find an awesome pair of designer pants, or a dress, or a skirt at a thrift store that's a total steal, but just a little too long, and you tell yourself you'll eventually get around to hemming it—but you don't. Maybe it's because you don't have the time, or maybe it's because you've never hemmed anything before and feel somewhat intimidated. But trust us, knowing how to hem properly one of those surprisingly useful skills that you'll use time and again; and once you know the basics, it's pretty simple.
When you sew a hem, you have the flexibility to make your pants even shorter later on if need be, or to make the hem a little longer should your pants or a skirt shrink in the wash—something you can't do that with permanent glues or semipermanent iron-on strips that you see on TV.
If this is your first attempt at hemming, work with a basic pair of unlined pants with straight or only slightly tapered legs, made of a light- to medium-weight woven fabric with little or no stretch in it. Tackle jeans, lined pants, and very stretchy fabrics only after you’ve mastered the basics. The same directions will work for a pair of pants you've caught on a heel and partially unhemmed or a dress or skirt that needs updating. (Here are 8 invaluable things you should always buy at a thrift store.)
So give it a whirl, have some fun, and get yourself a new wardrobe update for the cost of a little thread.
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