No Sew Hem Repair, A Temporary Fix

Dear Home Ec 101,

The hem is pulling out of my neutral fall-back pants, the ones I wear nearly every day when I’m not inspired to pick out anything else. The stylishness and variety of my wardrobe aside, there is no way I’m actually fixing that sucker with a needle and thread right now – when I sew on buttons, they last for about a week. Can you suggest any short-term fixes until I can get someone else to properly repair them?


Not Hemmingway

Heather says:

If you are truly against sewing or simply need a way to make it through the day without your hem falling completely out here are a few quick fixes.

  1. Tape – this works best if the pants aren’t cuffed.  Scotch tape may be clear, but it’s not invisible.
  2. Safety pins – Do not be afraid to use more than one.
  3. Fusible webbing or hem tape – If your pants can take the heat of an iron, consider this no sew but more durable solution.


  1. Rachel on June 5, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Awesome, thanks!

  2. Ann at mommysecrets on May 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

    About the buttons – there are a few tricks to remember.
    1. Double thread your needles (Meaning thread the needle, then the 2 ends together at the opposite end. Sew with both pieces of thread, instead of just one.)
    2. Knot your thread at the beginning and end
    3. I probably oversew my buttons – I loop diagnally through the button holes 4-5 times each, depending on how thick the thread is.

    I’m NO expert!! But this is what I learned from 4-H as a little girl. 🙂

  3. Badbadivy on May 16, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I’ve been known to staple a hem up temporarily. Sad, but true.

  4. Kelleigh on May 15, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    i (really did) hemmed a pair of bell-bottom jeans completely with safety pins…you could even see the funky metal bits through the fabric (yes, i have worn them like this in public, to a glossy magazine launch no less) i think might try adding the hem tape as you suggest. great idea! thanx 😉