Sewing machines can be expensive and are not easily transportable. When you want a shirt or pair of pants shortened but do not have access to a sewing machine, you can easily hem the article of clothing by hand. All you need are these tools:
- Piece of clothing you want hemmed
- Threaded needle
- Washable fabric pencil
Caution: Pins and needle can be very sharp. Be careful when handling.
Start with the fabric right side out.
Determine how short you want the article of clothing (a ruler is optional).
Mark the desired length on the outside of the piece of clothing with a washable pencil.
Cut any excess fabric if needed.
Fold the fabric at the marked line, toward the inside, and pin to secure. Do this all the way around the garment.
Fold the entire article of clothing inside out, being extremely careful with any pins.
With the piece of clothing inside out, poke the needle from the inside of the fabric to the outside, and pull through till the knot is resting on the inside of the fabric.
Now that the needle is on the outside of the fabric, poke the needle from the outside in, a quarter of an inch from where you started. Pull through until there is no slack thread.
Repeat steps 7-8 until you have stitched around the entire piece of clothing, back to the starting point. Carefully remove the pins as you stitch around.
On the last stitch, poke the needle from the outside of the fabric to the inside.
Create a double knot on the inside of the fabric so it is not seen when wearing the piece of clothing. You should have two knots on the inside of the fabric.
Cut the thread a quarter of an inch away from the knot.
You have now hemmed your piece of clothing by hand!