Hemming Commercial Garments

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Sometimes you find that perfect pair of pants at the store, and you love everything about them – except the length. You don’t need to take the time and expense to go to a tailor – you can hem those pants yourself! Follow our tips to take your wardrobe staples from ill-fitting to custom-fitted in no time!

Easy tips to help you hem commercial garments at home. The Sewing Loft

Tips for Hemming Commercial Garments at Home:

 

– Do your best to mimic the stitch length, style, and thread color from the rest of the garment (or the existing hem you plan to remove) when you hem it. That way the hem will blend in with the garment instead of standing out.

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Easy tips to help you hem commercial garments at home. The Sewing Loft

– If hemming pants, try them on inside out so you can pin them in place directly. Put on the pants with the shoes you would normally wear with them in order to measure and pin.

Easy tips to help you hem commercial garments at home. The Sewing Loft

– Measure twice, cut once! If at all possible, sew the entire hem and try on the garment again before you cut off any fabric. You never know when you will have to rip out, and once you cut off that fabric you can’t put it back together!

Easy tips to help you hem commercial garments at home. The Sewing Loft

– If you sew by hand, be sure not to pull the fabric or stitches too tight!

Need to know how to make a specific type of hem? We’ve got all the hemming tutorials you need, right here on the blog!

– Many commercial pants will incorporate a blind hem. Follow our tips to make a blind hem easy!

– For the perfect double-fold hem, follow our instructions here.

– Find our tips for making rolled hems here, perfect for your silk blouses!

For more ways to keep your sewing projects polished and professional looking be sure to check out our Simple Sewing Tips.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the hemming tips, especially the blind hem – I didn’t know that changing the width of the stitch would change the size of the pick. My machine manual doesn’t really point that out. BTW, love your color-coordinated pins/pincushion!

  2. Putting on the pants inside out wil only work if
    1.the spine is perfectly straight
    2.the hips are perfectly even
    3. the legs are exactly the same length.
    Good idea if all 3 of those are met.

  3. anneweaver1974 says:

    Great tips!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post that links to your post here:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tips-for-avoiding-a-bad-hem-job/2014/12/03/
    –Anne

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