Tutorial: Lengthening a Hem3:19 PM
If I ever buy trousers or a skirt, I always have to lengthen the hem as much as possible. This is a quick and easy way that keeps the hem looking beautiful even after it has been altered.
|1. Remove the stitching from the original hem.|
|2. Top-stitch hem tape 1/4" from the edge.|
|3. Fold a new hem line along the edge of the tape and blind stitch into place.|
4. Press the new hem.
1. Use a razor blade to unpick the original stitching. A seam ripper tends to yank on the threads and put unnecessary stress on the fabric.
2. If you have difficulty getting the original crease to disappear, it's probably because the garment had some type of finishing treatment like starching. Once the garment is laundered or dry-cleaned the crease should come right out.
3. If you don't have hem tape, a wide single-fold bias tape does the job just as well.