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By Marian Lewis

To shorten the hem of pants with a cuff is easy when you follow these instructions:

First try on the pants to determine how much you need to shorten them. Measure both legs as one may be different from the other.

Write down that number. Example: 3 inches.

Then, measure the depth of the pant cuff and write down that number. Example: 1-1/4 inches.

Next, release the stitching on each side of the cuff to drop it down.

Now, measure the depth of the total hem with the cuff turned down. Example: 2-1/4 inches. Write that down.

Remove the hem stitching and press the pants well with steam.

Note: White vinegar is great to set or remove a crease. Just paint it right on the crease and press with steam. It will clear your sinuses, too. Don't worry, you won't smell like a salad when you wear your pants.

Now, cut off the amount you determined that you needed to shorten the pants. The example was 3 inches.

Finish the new raw edge to keep from fraying. You can either serge or zigzag the edge, whipstitch it or bind it with seam tape.

Then, press up your new hem the same amount as the original hem. The example was 2-1/4 inches

Stitch the hem in place and press well.

Turn back the cuff the same amount as the original cuff. The example was 1-1/4 inches. Press well.

Tack the cuff in place at the inseam and outseam of the pants.

Enjoy your shortened cuffed pants.

©2009 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved 1st Step To Sewing Success
Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor and the creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks. In her ebook, Common Sense Fitting Method For Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks, find out step-by-step WHAT you really need and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern. It just makes sense!

Finally, you can sew great fitting pants and end your fitting frustration.

Marian is also the author of other eBooks related to sewing including, "Sew A Tee Pee And Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids" and "Classy Designer Straight Skirt" where she teaches basic and advanced sewing techniques.

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