Introduction: How to Mend Frayed Pants Hem

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Occassionally the back of my pants get frayed and I would like a little more life out of them.

Step 1: Open Seam

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Open the seam and iron flat.

Step 2: Add Backing Material

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Cut out a piece of material to be used as backing for the repair.  The color does not matter as it will not be seen.

Step 3: Apply Patch With Stitch Witchery

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The backing material is placed behind the frayed area.  I used Stitch Witchery between patch and frayed area.  A hot iron will bond the patch to frayed area.

Step 4: Sew Both Sides of Opening With Zigzag Stitch

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Both sides of the opening are machine sewed with a zigzag stitch to stablize the fraying.

Step 5: Trim Patch

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Before and after trimming the patch.

Step 6: Create New Hem

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The hem is recreated just a bit higher than the repair.  Be sure to pin.

Step 7: Repair Complete

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This is how it looks after the repair.


mole1 (author)2012-07-21

This is great. Does anyone know if fray-checking the edge after hemming the first time works?

dreamberry (author)2012-07-18

If your pants are frayed, speak softly to them till they calm down. :)

jessyratfink (author)2012-07-18

Very good idea - I've always just gotten grumpy and cut off the torn bit. This looks so much better!

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