DIY Fashion Fix: How to sew a hem with a turn-up

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For anyone with a pair of shorts or jeans that sit a touch too long, a turn up is the perfect option. Here are step by step instructions for sewing it yourself.

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Step-by-step: How to sew a turn-up hem


If you have a pair of shorts that are just a touch to long on your leg a turn up can be neat alternative to just lopping them off.

Sewing one yourself is very simple, just follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Measure the size of turn-up


Often with shorts or jeans you will be gifted with a hemline that you can use as a guide to simply fold along.

If not, it's worth measuring and marking out the exact length - a skew turn up is not a good look. You need to fold the hem twice to have a neat edge.

*Tip* Abercrombie opts for a 1.25" turn up as standard - if that's the look you're after.

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Step 2. Pin hem in place


As tiresome as it feels to pin it, once you start sewing they become very important.

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Step 3. Stitch your hem


Starting from one of the side seams, sew from the inside, guiding the needle to come through at the top fold of the turn-up.

This will ensure that you don't see the stitches on the front and keeps them running in the straight line the whole way round.

*Tip* Don't try to use a long enough thread to go the full length of one leg, it will end up in knots. Aim for enough to go from one side seam to other.

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Step 4. Finishing off stitching


When you reach the end of your piece of thread - before it gets too short - the strongest way to finish up, is by sewing one stitch over the same spot (on the inside), looping your needle through the thread to create a knot.

Do this at least three times to make sure it's secure before you cut the thread.

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