How To Shorten Pants without Hand Sewing

One of the major factors that will determine how great jeans or pants will look on you is its length: the hemline should skim the ground when you are standing up. To be more specific, for females, having pants that let your shoes peep through will help elongate your figure; for males, the “medium-break” length is always acceptable: it should hit somewhere between the top of your loafers and the top of the soles of your shoe. Any longer and not only will your pants look lousy and unpolished, you might accidentally trip on this excess cloth as well. With that being said, how can you deal with too-long pants if you don’t have time to hand-sew them? Read on for some great tips:

  • Wear the pants and measure the length that you want it to be. While you’re doing this, you should wear the shoes that you intend to wear with that pair of pants. It’s best that you have somebody else mark the length for you while you are standing straight; if you will do this step alone though, just make sure that you pinpoint the mark where you intend to fold in the pants while you are standing straight. A little trial-and-error will be called for. It’s also best that you stand in front of a full-length mirror while you’re doing this.  
  • Mark the length with tailor’s chalk. An alternative is to fold the pants in and keep it secure with sewing pins.
  • Know what tools to use. Do know that sewing the pants to its proper length is still the best way to go about adjusting the length of your pants. This is because sewing is a sure-fire but still adjustable (if necessary) solution and will actually require just a few minutes of your time. Of course, there are still other good-enough alternatives if you just don’t want to sew your pants.

There are two main alternatives that you can do. First is to use “sew-no-more” glues that are available in school/office supply stores and craft stores. Most brands work with most fabrics and are waterproof. Using these fabric glues is pretty straightforward; you will just have to be careful about getting it right the first time because it’s pretty hard to readjust the hem length once the adhesive has dried.

The second alternative is to use fabric tape. If you’re a woman and you want to constantly adjust your pants depending on whether you’re wearing heels or flats, the best option is to use fabric tape. There are available “hem tapes” that are specially designed for use on pant hems. When choosing a good hem tape, make sure that it’s easy to apply, that it’s created specially for the type of pants that you want to adjust (whether it’s denim, cloth, wool, etc), and if it’s wide enough to sturdily hold up the hem. A brand you could try out is Bristols 6.

There you have it! Shortening your pants without hand-sewing is a snap, thanks to available materials that are specially designed for this purpose. The main thing you would have to concern yourself with is to make sure that you get the length of the pants just right for you, taking into consideration the height of the shoes that you will be wearing with it. Good luck and hope this helped!


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