How To Alter Tulle or Netting on Your Dress

This dress had two layers of satin and two outer layers of netting: so I folded up the amount needed and pinned it in place: as you can see, the amount that needs to be taken up is not even all the way around: So, I couldn’t  just cut off 2 inches. I had to…

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Hem…Using the Inseam Measurement

Several of my customers leave their pants to be hemmed on my porch without ever coming inside. It’s because I hem their pants using their inseam measurement. Once I know what their inseam measurement is, they never have to try pants on for me again. I just sew each pair of pants at that same length. This works…

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How To Mark Your Pants For Hemming…One Method

There are several ways to mark a pair of pants in order to hem them. I have used the same method for years. It is so easy that your kids, husband, neighbor, or friend could do it easily. And so can you! First, I make sure the customer has on a pair of shoes that…

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How To Sew a Partial Hem

There are many instances where you may need to sew just part of a hem. Maybe you have a skirt that is uneven, too long in the front or back, or maybe you have pants with the same problem. Today, I am going to use this bridal gown to illustrate how to sew a partial hem.…

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How to Hem Lining on Pants (or Skirts)

We’ve covered so many ways to hem pants so far. If you’ve missed those posts, look at the left hand column on this page and click on “All Past Categories” and the arrow by “Select Categories”. Then, click on “Hems”. There are still some more ways to sew hems which I’ll cover in future posts. But, I…

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Hem With a Vent (or Slit)…Technique #2

The last post was on how to hem a pair of pants with a vent or slit in the side. This post will give you instructions on how to do a vent another way. This technique can be used with skirts that have vents on the side or center back seam. Here’s what this pair…

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Hemming Pants With a Vent (or Slit) in Them

Once in awhile,  you’ll buy a pair of pants that have a vent in the hem like these: The vent is a slit that is located on the side seam of the pants at the hem. You may want to hem those pants up, but you don’t know how to replicate that vent. It looks intimidating,…

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Hand Sew a Hem

Recently, a reader inquired about how to hand sew a hem. So, let’s walk that through together. There are many techniques and stitches that can be used, so I just want to say up front that this is not the final word in hemming, but I hope it will help. First, if you would like to look at…

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How to Hem Without Puckers…For Flared and Tapered Pants

Have you ever tried to hem a pair of pants and by the time you were nearly finished sewing it, you realized that you were going to get puckers? It happens to the best of us. But, how do you avoid it? I couldn’t find the answer anywhere in books or on the internet, so I devised…

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Hemming Stretch Knits

Do you have trouble hemming stretchy knits? They can be tricky. Let’s look at the various ways to hem knits so that they don’t stretch out. Then, we’ll look at some alternatives and see if they work as well. This dress is a customer’s. Her dog chewed the hemline and she brought it to me…

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