Sewing… Hemming Pants by Hand While You Watch TV

If you can figure out how to do a backward stitch, by hand, they’re great for hemming pants. First, using your machine, run a zig-zag along the bottom of the pants. Next, fold and press where you want the hem. Next, start your hand stitching about a quarter inch below the zig zag. (Starting a quarter-inch down keeps shoes from getting caught and pulling the hem out.) You’ll be doing a backward stitch with your needle and thread. (Think of it like how Michael Jackson used to dance backward.)

I learned this backward stitch from an expert dressmaker in Reno, named Audrey. She hemmed men’s dress trousers like this. It makes a nice, flat hem.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

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2 thoughts on “Sewing… Hemming Pants by Hand While You Watch TV

  1. Hi, Suellen. I’m looking for a treadle sewing machine with a wheel for my girlfriend. The brand she came across in Africa was Butterfly. I’ve been getting lost in all of the sites and types of machines, found your blog and am hoping you might have a recommendation about where to purchase a new, hand- & foot-powered sewing machine. Cheers!
    Stephen

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