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How to Hem Pants the Easiest Way Full Guide of 2023

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Hemming pants equipment

Whether you’re just starting your sewing adventures or are an experienced seamstress, you can’t sew all your clothes. Well, in theory you can. But lack of time, the thrill of shopping or any other reason will make you go shopping now and then. While I normally love to shop, there is one piece of clothing that I always struggle with. I’m talking about pants. It is sometimes mission impossible to find a perfect fit. There is always something that doesn’t fit. And I am of medium build.

Of course you can always sew yourself a pair of pants. But sometimes you like the commercial model and are desperate to buy them. Some misfits cannot , while others can. If your dream pants are too short, there’s nothing you can do about it. If they are too long, you can take care of them. It’s actually quite easy to do it. You can do it by hand, or you can use your sewing machine. Either way, you don’t need sophisticated skills to learn how to hem pants.

What you need to hem a pair of pants

As a general rule, always collect all the supplies you need before you work. It’s not a big deal, but it helps to be efficient and focused. You don’t want to search for your ruler or scissors in the middle of the process. So, here’s what you need to prepare:

  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors or rotary cutter if you prefer
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Chalk (optional)
  • Matching wire
  • Sewing machine or sewing needle

Step #1: Measure and choose the correct length

This is actually the hardest part. Not because you need skills, but because it’s easy to make a mistake. And then you have to do it all over again. So assume nothing, check it out. The perfect length depends on the style of the pants and the type of shoes you will usually wear your pants with. Try your pants with the shoes. Now fold your pants in to find the perfect length.

But, what is the perfect length? It can vary depending on style and preferences. You don’t want your pants to sit over your shoes and/or touch the floor at the back. Trouser legs floating above your shoes are just as wrong. Well, usually yes. A small’break’is allowed, especially for taller people. So fold your pants as often as necessary to reach the desired length.

Step #2: Pin your pants and make a new fold

While your pants are on, use pins to secure them and mark the correct length. Place the pins horizontally around the trouser leg. Now walk around in front of the mirror to take another look at the length. If it fits, you can take the pants off. Turn your pants inside out and measure the distance from the fold to the edge or legs. This way you can straighten the pleat and make sure that both legs are the same length.

Now, it’s time to get your iron. Press and iron to create a new fold. By doing this, you will erase the old fold and create a new one. Take it slow as you set your new height. It might be a good idea to put your pants on again to see if you did it right.

Step 3: Rip and Cut

Your pants are still turned inside out. Take out the pins and unfold them. take the Turgenev and remove the stitching from the old seam. You can also use small scissors for this, but it is much easier to do this with a seam ripper. Be careful not to damage the fabric. Then unfold the trouser legs completely.

Now we are almost there. Now you need to cut extra fabric. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure 1 1/2 inches from your new hemline. Some people leave a little more, while others leave a little less dust. It’s okay as long as you don’t have to sew the bottom of the pant leg. Use chalk to make a marker. Cut the extra fabric and you are ready to sew!

tailor showing how to hem pants by hand

Step #4: Sew

Hand sew

Use a thread of the same color. Thread a needle and tie a few knots to begin with. When sewing, try to pick up only one or two fibers at a time on the outside of the fabric.

The idea is to make it as invisible as possible. Sew close to the folded edge. It means ¼ or ½ inch from the hem. Sew all the way around the leg, tie a few buttons and cut the rest of the thread. Game over!

Machine sewing

It’s even easier to do it with your sewing machine. Load your bobbin and top bobbin. Set your machine for a straight stitch. As for the stitch length, you can use a medium or small straight stitch. Sew all the way around and you’re done. Actually setting up your machine and loading the bobbin takes longer than sewing itself!


As you can see, it is quite easy to hem pants. So you can forget about problems with legs that are too long or not sure how to hem them. This is a simple and effective technique to get the job done in no time. However, if you’re buzzing jeans or heavy fabrics, I recommend using your sewing machine and a suitable heavy-duty needle.

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