How To Turn Up Trousers
How To Turn Up Trousers
How To Turn Up Trousers. Follow our expert led video and this tricky chore will soon become as simple as 1,2,3. Turn Up Trousers with ease after watching the Videojug explanation.
Step 1: You will need:
- some straight pins
- 1 needle
- some thread
- 1 Iron
Step 2: The right length
Put the trousers on and look at the bottoms of the trouser legs. Make sure you are wearing your shoes, and that the trousers are sitting on your waist in a position you are comfortable with - both of these will effect the length of the trousers.
You will need someone to help you with this next part, and it may help to stand on a low platform. Turn up the leg to the length you would like them to be, tucking the spare material under. When you are happy with the length, pin it in place all the way around. This should take 3 or 4 pins.
Alternatively, you could lay the trousers on a flat surface, compare to another pair that are of the correct length and pin accordingly
Step 3: Turn inside out
Keep the pins in to mark the material. Unfold the legs, turn the trousers inside out and lay them on a flat work surface.
Step 4: Needle and thread
Use a thin needle, and a thread which matches the trouser material.
Cut a length of thread roughly as long as your arm. Push one end of the thread through the hole at the top of the needle, and pull halfway through. To make this easier you can wet the end of thread, smoothing the ends together. Tie a small knot at the end of the thread.
Step 5: The first fold
Turn the original hem over on itself. Push the needle, in a weaving motion, in and out, through the material. Continue this tacking stitch all the way around the leg. Finish by completing 2 or 3 short stitches in the same place, then snap, or cut the thread off
Step 6: Fold again
Turn the hem over again to exactly the length you want it to be. Pin to secure it in place.
Starting at the seam, weave the threaded needle through the material to the other side and back through the doubled up hem. Try to make the stitch as small as possible, only catching a few threads, so it won't show on the outside of the trousers. Repeat this stitch all the way around the leg. Tie a knot twice in the thread and sew one last stitch to secure it. Cut the thread and remove the pins.
Step 7: Iron
Press the finished hem with an iron for a neat finish
Step 8: Repeat on the second leg
Turn the original hem over on itself as before, and secure in place with a tacking stitch.
Fold over again, and measure the distance against the hem on the finished leg. Place a couple of pins in, and check it still exactly matches the first hem. Then fold in half to ensure both sides of the trouser leg are of the same length, and add a couple more pins to secure it.
Starting at the seam repeat the hem stitching all the way around the leg. Secure with two knots and one final stitch.
Remove the pins.
And finally press with an iron to create a sharp crease.