How to Hem the No-Sew Way

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

Fusible fabric tape isn't the best permanent solution for hemming pants, but if you can iron, you can skip the sewing steps. The tape is great for times when you're traveling (many hotels have irons) or when the hem on your favorite pants falls and you're in a rush to get to a meeting or an appointment. Ready? Roll tape!

1 Measure your hem and iron the new hem in place as you would following the steps outlined in How to Hem Pants, Step 4.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

2 Cut the tape to fit between the layers of the fabric. Make sure it doesn't stick out too far: Once you iron it, the tape melts onto the surrounding area.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

3 Lay a damp press cloth over the area to be hemmed.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

4 Press it with a hot iron to melt the fibers in the tape, taking care not to scorch your pants.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

5 Remove the cloth and press the pants directly, melting the fibers of the tape.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

6 Leave your pants on the ironing board until you are sure they are cool. Don't touch the newly fused part if you can help it. This is like letting glue dry between two sheets of paper.

How to Hem the No-Sew Way

FUSE WITH CARE

• It doesn't last forever. I don't tumble-dry garments with fusible fabric tape in them because the heat of the dryer can weaken or dislodge the tape.

• Use fusible fabric tape only on stiff, heavy fabrics because the tape itself becomes stiff and heavy after it's ironed into your garment.

• It's best for use on cottons and canvas. Fusible fabric tape doesn't stretch, so it will look odd if ironed into flowy or stretchy garments.

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