Welcome to Crafting Tuesday, a regular feature at Glory’s Garden. If you come to Glory's Garden expecting garden stuff, you'll know Tuesdays are the days to stay away. They will only disappoint you, after all. Crafting is a big part of my life, though, and this blog just wouldn't be the same without some mention of it. Alas, as much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting and knitting, both loom and regular type, come to save my sanity.
Sewing 101 is back with a lesson on hemming pants. Sorry for the wide gulf in between these sewing 101 lessons, but I had to wait for a pair of pants to show up. I'll have you know, it took me quite a while to find a pair which needed to be hemmed. Alas, Brandon's work pants showed up in the laundry with a downed hem--half of it anyway-- and that will have to do.
Enough prep talk! Get yourself pants to hem (or practice fabric), needle and thread, scissors too of course, and let's hem these pants.
|Start by pushing the needle from the back to the front so the knotted end of thread in tucked between the two pieces of fabric and is invisible.|
Pull the needle through until thread is anchored. Now make a tiny stitch on the pants, as small as you can get, and also through the hem.
|Pull the needle through|
|Needle taking a stitch on pants side|
|Needle used on a slant|
Once you make the stitch on the pants and also on the hem, pull the needle and thread through to make the first stitch.
|Needle from top to bottom in straight line|
To make the stitch you can go from the top to the bottom in a straight vertical line with the needle or at a bit of a slant. I find the slant a bit easier and more natural for me, but you should try both ways to see what works for you. Make the stitches tiny, though, especially on the pants, so they don't show much on the right side of the fabric.
This is called the whip stitch and you simply continue in this fashion all the way around until you reach the end-- or the beginning--depends how you see things.
When you reach the end, make certain you make a knot by forming a hoop with the thread and put the needle through it. Do it a couple of times just to make sure it stays put.
|Almost invisible on the right side|
So, now you know the whip stitch and how to sew a hem. Look at that! You're practically a taylor.