How to Hem your Pants with Kick Tape

Learning how to hem your own pants and skirts

There are some ways on how to sew up your hems. I offer you way that can use for hemming your pants with kick tape.
In the same time this technique you can use to hem a skirt or dress with an invisible hem (but without the tape).
It always inevitably happens to hem skirt or pants. If you do not want pay for hemming money let's try to hem with own hands. To fix the hem of skirt or dress need use a hand blind hem stitch (an invisible hem).
For hemming the men's pants you need use other way. To the bottom edge you need sew the special tape (trouser kick tape).

There are some ways how to sew up your hems. I offer you universal way that can use for hemming your pants and skirt or dress, sometimes also referred to as an invisible hem.
For this tutorial I used an imitation of the bottom part the pants.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 1

The trouser kick tape must be sewn by 2 stitching lines so that the ridge should be peep out for 1 mm ( 1/24 inch). But at the begining the hem fold is steam pressed.
Note: In this tutorial the sewing thread, fabric and tape have different colors. So it will be easier to show how to make an invisible seam correct.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 2

Now I will show you how to mark the line of pants hem. At the last steps I will explain how to hem a skirt or dress with hand invisible stitches.
For hemming pants with kick tape and the jeans hems you must have a sewing machine.
The hemming a skirt or dress can be accomplished with just a hand needle and thread.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 3

Before hem you need to serge the edge of fabric. You can use your machine's zigzag, but is undesirable.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 4

If it is possible, you need to remove the replaceable table of your sewing machine.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 5

Place the edge of the tape along the intended line of trouser hem, as shown.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 6

Now start sewing along the edge of the tape, departing from the edge to 1 mm.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 7

After sewing the tape around the leg is over you can cut the tape with scissor leaving a small part for folding the tape in the next step.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 9

This photo shows how to do it.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 10

Now you need to do second fastening line. Lift the presser foot and turn across the leg, as shown. Make few stitches.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 11

At this stage you need again to lift the presser foot and turn the pants, as shown. Now you need to sew along another edge of the tape.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 12

This is the final stage of sewing the kick tape around the trouser edge.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 13

Now is the time handmade. We will learn a way for hemming the pants or skirt with an invisible hem seam using a hand needle only.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 14

First, you need to fold the pant leg, as shown.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 15

Next, you need insert the one leg of pants on sleeve board ironing and press it, as shown.
The hem edge of pants should be above 1 mm. This distance must be the same around all tape.
So the tape will be protecting the bottom the pants from erasure.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 16

Now we are ready to start sewing an invisible hem seam by hand.

How to do an invisible hem seam

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 17

To make an invisible stitch beautifully and correctly you need have a skill. For beginners I recommend to constantly monitor the right side of hem. The thread should not be visible on the front side of the fabric skirt or pants.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 18

Fold an edge of leg, as shown on this photo, holding it with the thumb.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 19

Now you need to insert the needle tip into the fabric so as to capture only one or two thread of the fabric.
On opposite side you can catch more threads a fabric. The main thing is - to do this seam invisible on face side of the pants or skirt!

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 20

On this photo you see how looks a hem seam on the wrong side of skirt or trousers.

How to hem your own pants and skirts, step 21

Look, I had done this hem without traces of thread on the front side. I hope my tutorial helps you to hem a skirt or dress like me.

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
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