Having the basic sewing skills to do minor alterations and repairs is a fantastic way to save money. Here is a great video (about 5 1/2 minutes) I found on YouTube showing how to hem pants. Actually it’s two videos back to back showing the technique for hand hemming and then machine hemming right in a row.
I usually hem my own pants. At 5’2″ most store bought pants are just a bit too long for me. And in my area it costs between $8 -$12 to get your pants hemmed at a shop. Sure, it can take me a couple months to get to it. . . but I do eventually do it and save the money.
Even if you don’t have a machine and don’t really sew, give the hand hemming a try. Seriously-it’s just not that hard. The big trick is to get a thread that matches and to only pick up a couple of threads with your needle. . . You’ll get the hang of that quickly and then you’ve got an invisible hem!
And-as they say on Monty Python-Now for something completely different! I was wondering, do you guys like the addition of these helpful and interesting videos from around the web on the weekends? I’m having fun finding them!