Tips on Hemming Pants With Original Hem10:01 AM
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Zig Zag Stitch-
Here we do everything exactly the same as in the original post but we go further. Add a zig zag stitch just below the seam you just sewed to help prevent fraying. (Keep in mind that any extra fabric below the zig zag stitch will fray, but once it the fray reaches the zig zag stitch it won't continue.) Cut off the extra fabric, fold over, and iron flat. You could leave it at that or go to the next option...
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Zig Zag Stitch and Top Stitch-
Hem the pants just like the original post says, add a zig zag stitch just below the seam you just added. Cut off the extra fabric, fold over, iron flat, and...
top stitch. This secures the zig zag stitch portion to the pant and prevents it from ever flipping up after you wash it. You won't have to iron after washing either. Just make sure the thread matches perfectly and keep your line straight and even.
Here's what it looks like with the top stitch.
When you put them on you can hardly tell there was any alteration.
This one was thrown out by a lot of people. This is the fastest and easiest way to prevent fraying. Just apply the fray check after you sew your first straight seam and cut off the extra fabric. Click the picture of the fray check to buy it at amazon.
I don't have a serger, but this would be a great method to use. Instead of cutting off the extra fabric, serge it. This prevents fraying and it cuts at the same time. Fabulous!
Thanks again to everyone for your words of wisdom! Love you all!