CRAFT Video: Hemming Pants

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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By Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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If you’re on the shorter side of average, like me, you’ll notice that pants are always too long. Learn one method to hem them in this week’s CRAFT Video! This tutorial is for the beginner; don’t be afraid to make this simple alteration at home. Once you have the confidence to hem your own pants, a new world of style options becomes available to you when shopping for pants. Many brands don’t make a dedicated “short” length, so you’re left with rolled up cuffs, a trip to the tailor’s, or 20 minutes of time in your sewing room! I know which one I’d prefer. This method works for casual pants and dark wash or solid-color jeans, not dress pants. If you have a different hemming method, share with us in the comments!

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Materials and tools:

  • straight pins
  • tailor’s chalk (I actually cheated and used a white conte crayon)
  • scissors
  • ironing board and iron
  • thread to match your pants
  • sewing machine (I used my Singer Confidence 7470)