How to hem trousers and skirts
Buying school uniforms is expensive which is why it's a good idea if you can buy trousers and skirts that are a little bit too long and turn them up. That way, when your child starts sprouting overnight, you'll have that extra bit of material to let down without having to fork out again. Hemming is a good skill to have because it can save you a fortune and even for the needle-challenged (such as myself), it needn't be too hard. Watch this handy video tutorial to find out how to make your uniforms last. Ready, steady, sew!
What you need:
- dressmaker pins
- cotton thread (same colour as garment)
Now start hemming
Turn the garment you want to hem inside out and fold up the hem to the desired length.
Pin all around and iron the 'new' hem.
Thread a needle with a single length of thread (not double) and tie a knot in the end.
Starting at a sideseam, thread it through the top later of material once. Make one small stitch in the upper layer only.
Move about 1cm along and take the tiniest bit of the lower layer of material. This stitch will show so make sure it's really small.
Repeat all the way along until you reach the strat again and finish with a knot.
Iron again and give yourself a round of applause!
This article was written by Ruth Devine for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading parenting resource.
Back-to-school shopping tips:
- How to buy school shoes
- 5 tips for buying a school bag
- How to buy technology for school
- The back-saving guide to buying a school bag
Kidspot's back-to-school how to guide
- Cover books in contact without bubbles
- Defuzz a jumper
- Hem trousers and skirts
- Turn a plain polo shirt in to a school shirt
- Make a bag tag
- Make white socks white again
- Make your own hair detangler
- Polish school shoes
- Turn torn pants in to shorts
- Unstick a zip