How To Hem A Prom Dress Without Sewing

A prom dress is an important garment. It has to be perfect when it is worn. Many times you may find that the prom dress is too long. This means that you may need to add extra inches of hemming to shorten it. Can you hem the prom dress without sewing?

How To Hem A Prom Dress Without Sewing?

Prom Dress

You can easily hem a prom dress without sewing. First, you need to wear it. Identify how long it is and mark the desired length of your dress. Mark this point with chalk all around the dress. Remove the dress and place it on a working surface. Fold the excess fabric that is below the marked point. Then iron it. 

Get hemming tape and cut a length that will fit the dress. Insert it into the fold you just made and iron it again to activate the adhesive on the hemming tape. 

Method 1. Using Hemming Tape

Step 1. Wear the prom dress as you look at yourself in a mirror. This ensures that you can tell how long it is and you can see the desired length while the dress is on your body. You also need to wear shoes at this stage. This will help to determine the desired length of the dress. 

Prom Dress wear

Step 2. When you identify the desired length, mark with chalk or a pin. To identify the desired length, you may need help to fold your prom dress a few inches until it reaches the desired point on your body. Put a pin in the front, back and sides to mark the desired length or you can mark with chalk all around the dress. 

Step 3. Take off the dress and place it on a working table. Measure the distance between the original hem of the dress and the new desired length. Subtract 1 inch from the measurement that you get for the hem allowance. You can also subtract another ½ inch to create an allowance for an error in measurement. Mark the point where the measurements lead you to place your new hem. Then, cut off the excess fabric from the dress. 

Step 4. Now turn your dress inside out. Then fold ½ inches of the new hemline and press all around the dress. Fold the other ½ inches provided for the hem and press the new fold all around the dress. This incremental folding allows you to be as accurate as possible. It also allows you to work on a small bit of fabric at a time rather than a bulky fabric. 

Step 5. Get your hemming tape and cut a length equal to the length of the hem of the prom dress. Insert the tape into and all around the hem that you have created by folding. When your hemming tape is properly settled in your dress, press with your hot iron. The heat on the iron activates the adhesive on the hemming tape fixing your new hem in place.  

Press all around the dress for five seconds at a time to activate the adhesive on the hemming tape. 

Step 6. Turn your dress to the right side up. Iron your new hemline one more time. Confirm that the hem sits perfectly in place. 

Step 7. Wear your dress and confirm that it has reached the desired length. Also, ensure its comfort and check that the hemline doesn’t hang at different points of the dress. When you confirm that the new hemline is properly fixed, you can comfortably wear the dress to your prom. 

Method 2. Use Safety Pins

Use Safety Pins

Step 1. If you want to hem your prom dress temporarily, you can use safety pins. You can hem the dress temporarily if it has been hired or borrowed for only the night. To start with, you have to wear the dress and the shoes to go with it; Stand in front of a mirror and identify the desired length of the dress. Then mark with chalk or pins. 

Make sure whatever you use to mark the dress can be easily wiped off. Use chalk or pins to mark the desired length. 

Step 2. Take off the dress and turn it inside out. Make sure you can see your marks or also mark the inside of the dress.  

Step 3. Fold the excess fabric to the mark of the desired length. Fix the fold in place using safety pins. Pin the fold in intervals all around the point you have identified as your desired length. 

When you fold, make sure not to leave bulky fabrics around. Fold all the excess fabric in one layer from the bottom to the point of the desired length. Iron this fold so that it stays in place properly. You don’t want it to be visible from the outside of the prom dress.

You can use as many pins as will be comfortable to wear. The more pins you use, the more fabric you can hold into your new temporary hem. The more pins the better the dress will look. Most important is to have a pin at the back front and sides.

Prom Dress 1

Step 4. Iron the hem in place. Make sure not to iron the safety pins. This gives your prom dress a natural hemline appearance. Depending on the fabric of your prom dress, iron at high heat settings. Iron all around the hemline until it looks completely natural. 

Step 5. Wear your dress and confirm that it is comfortable. Ensure that the safety pins are not visible and the hemline looks natural. If you need to make any alterations to the length of the dress you can easily move the safety pins from their current location.

Hemming with safety pins is fast and time-saving. It is also temporary ensuring that you can return the dress in its original condition when you have finished using it. This method is also suitable if you don’t have access to a sewing machine or you can’t sew. It is also a cheap method as safety pins are cheap and can be found in many shops. 

Types Of Fusible To Fix Clothes Without Sewing

Fix Clothes

If you don’t have access to a sewing machine, you can still fix your clothes. There are several no-sew options you can use. You can use pins or fabric adhesives for a quick temporary and permanent no-sew solution. 

There are several types of fabric adhesives you can use to fic your clothes without sewing. The first is fusible tape. This is a type of tape available in different weights for different fabrics. It is a strip of adhesive that has to be ironed on to melt the glue and join two fabrics together. 

To use fusible tape effectively, you need to place it in between two layers of fabric. Press the layers of fabric until the fusible melts and jins them together. While ironing lift the iron to the next step rather than sliding it on the fabrics. 

The other no-sew item you can use is fabric glue. Fabric glue, like fusible tape, is permanent. This is a glue that is used on fabric to fix two layers together. It is used when you don’t want your stitches to be visible. Can be used to make hems and mend holes. It dries quickly and is washable. 

If you have an applique project, you can carry it out without having to sew. You can use fusible adhesive for this. There are two types of fusible adhesive, sewable and non-sewing adhesive. You can use the non-sewing adhesive for all your applique and design attachment projects with fabrics. 

When you don’t want visible stitches on your sewing, these are the options available for you to use. 

How To Hem Pants Inside Out?

If the hems of your pants come undone, you can hem them easily. Or, your pants may be too long and you don’t have time to go to a professional, you can hem them yourself even without access to a sewing machine. 

All you need is a needle and thread. First, make sure that the thread you use matches the color of your pants. If your pants already have a hem, you will have to undo it with a seam ripper. From the bottom of your pants, get measurements for the desired length of your pants. Fold the excess fabric at the bottom into your pants.

Turn your pants inside out and sew the fold in place to get your new hemline. Iron the new hemline. You can now wear your pants and head out. 

You can also hem your pants quickly without sewing. If you cant use a sewing machine or needle and thread, you can use fusible tape. Fusible tape hems your pants quickly. Turn your pants inside out. Fold your hem in place then insert your fusible web into the fold. At high heat settings, iron the fold of your pants until the hem is properly fixed in place.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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