How To Hem Jeans Using The Original Hem

So many of you have wondered how to hem your jeans by using the original rolled hem. I had never done this before as I hadn’t personally had any customers ask for it. Until now. My own daughter asked me to hem hers that way. So, who better to try a new technique on than…

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Sewing Machine Needles…How to Choose The Right One

How do you know what kind of sewing machine needles to use in your machine? Well, I prefer to use Schmetz brand needles. They work. They work well. I have been using them for at least 27 years. Before that, I used my mom’s Singer machine and just used Singer needles on it. But then,…

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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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Taking in the Waist and Center Back on Denim Pants and Skirts

One of the more common alterations I do is taking in the waist and center back on pants and skirts. Most people try and solve this problem by just making a dart or two in the back of the pants. That doesn’t work too well if your pants or skirt is made of thick fabric and…

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Jean-a-ma-jig…what is that?

Yesterday, we covered how to hem your jeans the professional way. In that post, I mentioned that you have to have a jean-a-ma-jig. They look like this:                     They are a small flat hard plastic gizmo that you use to help get over the big seam…

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Hem Your Jeans the Professional Way

Want your jeans to look good after you hem them? It’s easy. You just need a few pointers, the right needle and thread and a special inexpensive gadget. This method on this post is for straight leg jeans only. (To hem tapered or bell-bottomed pants, there’s a few extra steps involved, and you’ll want to…

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