After pinned, measure from hem to fold. In this picture, my measurement is 3 3/4″. That means that I need to hem up the pants 3 3/4″.  Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsNext, unpick the hem. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsMark the amount up from the hem-line. (If you look closely, you can see two white marks on either side of pants.) Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsUse a ruler to mark a straight line across on the marks. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsMark 3″ down from the new hem-line. This is the cut line. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsCut on the cut line. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming Pants
Fold the bottom edge over 1/2″ and iron. Do this to the whole bottom edge to finish the edge.Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsAltering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsFold the pants up at the hem-line and pin.
Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsHand-hem with a vertical stitch. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsHere’s a great diagram to show the stitch I’m doing. Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming PantsThe finished hem. With this stitch, you can’t even see any stitching!

Altering a Man's Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming Pants

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2 thoughts on “Altering a Man’s Suit: Part 4 Hand-hemming Pants

  1. I am having trouble with puckering along the front… it is a very long fold underneath though (we had to take the pants up 5.5 inches) and i am thinking that that fabric might be pulling at the front. what would you recommend?

    Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    1. The puckering probably means that you shortened the pants so much that the hem is a smaller circumference the pants. You will need to take out the hem, sew the sides in so that the hem and where the hem is sewn on has the same circumference.

      Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm