Quickie Cheats a Too Long Hem

Whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or following the fashion trend of a shorter hem for the short term, swap out the needle and thread for one of these three easy fixes that do just the trick without the long-term commitment.

Fix A Hem With Fashion Tape
Similar to double stick office tape, fashion tape is double stick but even more resilient. Place the tape at the edge and press. If the excess fabric length is long, use two strips of tape, one along the hem fold and the other at the edge. No need to go out of your way. You can buy fabric tape at most drug stores.

Fix A Hem With Duct Tape
Whether you’re fixing a loose seam or creating a new one, duct tape can do the job. Fold your hem to the length you want it. Use an iron to set the seam. Turn your jeans inside out and wrap the duct tape around the edge, just slightly overlapping the tape on itself to ensure it holds- and it will… even through a few washes!

Fix A Hem With A Stapler
If a few stitches come out and the whole seam is threatening to come undone, grab a stapler to patch up the damage until you can get home and properly sew it up. More than just a touch up? Fold the fabric under and place a staple every inch. If the shiny silver is an eye sore, use a closely colored sharpie to match. When you’re over the look and ready to remove the hem, be sure to use a stable remover when you get home so as not to rip the fabric.


Not everyone has a stylist with them at every step to fix their little fashion faux pas. Some of us live in the real world, like in offices. But you’re never really without a fix.


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