16 AprHow do I hem knit pants?

Hi, I have two pair of knit pants that I really love they fit great but they’re too long. I haven’t been able to wear them because of that. One pair is is a silkier knit and the other is more sturdy. I want to know how to hem them either using a sewing machine or hemming by hand. Thanks.

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3 Responses to “How do I hem knit pants?”

  1. Nick Yahoo says:

    I have to turn up all my pants, as I am very short. But I never cut them, as keeping the original hem helps prevent unraveling. It may not be the most professional method, but I’ve never ruined anything. For something knitted, I definitely would not try cutting it.

    I fold the bottom up inside the leg, then turn it inside out to sew it, using large stitches that catch up only 1 or 2 threads of the outer material so that they barely show. (If the leg is more than say 4 inches too long, I would fold it down again, if the material is not too thick. For example, for a leg 6 " too long, I’d fold the 6 " under, then fold again at about 3-1/4 " from this fold, and stitch at this 2nd fold, so that the remaining 2-3/4 " hangs down (on the inside). (I wonder if anyone else does this.(?))

  2. sstacinator says:

    Most cities and towns in America professional hemming is available inside the dry cleaner places. Professional hemming usually costs approx. 8.00- 10.00 dollars per pair of pants. This is the route that I would go especially if you love the pair of pants that you are speaking of. I ruined a vintage pair of jeans once by trying to learn how to hem them and it just isn’t worth the heartache it causes if you make a mistake and then you can’t wear them ever at all. This is what I did to my vintage jeans, and I have never found another pair that fit me like those fit me all over except for the part of me being to short (5.3 ft. tall). Good luck!

  3. cgminime says:

    I would cut them 1-2 inches longer than you want them hemmed. Then I would serge the edge, turn and pin them up to where you want them to be hemmed. I would run a hand stitch through the serged threads and take tiny hand stitches in the knit fabric. I don’t care to machine hem knits because I have trouble with them "stretching" while running through the feed dog, and then they hang funny. . .

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