How To Hem Pants With A Cuff

Trying hands on hemming pants with a cuff can be an exciting journey for beginners in sewing. After all, cuffs are the new “turn-ups” (as people call it), and they have currently been in favor of the mainstream fashion industry. Here’s your guide to learning how to hem pants with a cuff.

Whether it’s for shortening your pants’ length or trimming it, it can get achieved through hem stitches. Learn about the best way to do so.

Given its classic appeal, cuffs are a perfect classic wardrobe collection (at least) for the next foreseeable future. Thus, this post shall explain the easy steps of hemming pants with a cuff. Read on to learn how to hem your kids’ or your pants with a cuff by hand or machine!

How To Hem Pants With A Cuff?

Now that this post is going to explain the steps to hemming pants with a cuff, here’s a perk! So, the next time you find your perfect pants except for their length, don’t hesitate to buy them. Also, you don’t have to doubtfully buy your kids’ pants anymore!

Hemming the pants would be the easiest method in cases of the aforementioned scenarios. All you need is a sewing machine or needles to hand-stitch the pants with a cuff! So, let’s get started without further delay!

Ever wondered your hand-stitched cuffed pants would look professionally crafted and expensive? If not, then you need to follow the below-provided steps. Follow the secret steps to create beautiful cuffs for your pants! Thus, here’s to exploring the steps below!

Step 1: Preparing for The

To begin with the steps, you firstly require preparing for it. Thus, it is imperative to collect the must-haves for performing the below-offered steps.

hemming Process

To start with, you’d require the following essentials with you, regardless of whether you are using a hand-stitching or machine-stitching method! Let’s see them in the pointers below:

  • A pair of pants or trousers, which are too long
  • Pins & chalks for measuring the desired length carefully
  • A ruler and a measuring tape
  • A pair of scissors, sharp once
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Needles (or thimble) or sewing machine
  • Matching or contrasting threads (anything that you prefer)

Step 2: It’s Time to Measure & Mark

Your second step to hemming pants with a cuff includes measuring and marking the desired hem length. You can use a pin for marking the length. Measure it very carefully before removing the hem stitches that hold the cuff rightly.

Use your seam ripper and cut the threads. See it carefully so that it doesn’t take out unnecessary fabric patches! Now, hold the hem and remove those stitches. Then, fold the cuff down.

Needless to say, measuring the length from the cuff’s end to its bottom is important. So, find the desired length of the hem and mark it. After you achieve the cut mark, measure the original cuff length prior to cutting the fabric.

Step 3: Transfer The Cuff Fold Measurements & Fold The Excess Fabric (Or Cut It)

Transfer The Cuff Fold Measurements & Fold The Excess Fabric

Upon checking the cuff fold marks, it’s time to fold the excess fabric. Alternatively, if you want, you can keep some excess fabric before cutting it. The cut has to be at length required for recreating the cuff.

The best way to achieve the desired length is to make tiny snips through both the fabric’s sides. Then, insert a blade of scissors into one snip. So, cut through one layer at a time.

Now, it’s imperative to make it even and straight. To ensure the same, you can use chalk. Proceed with both legs carefully.

Step 4: Press Raw Edges Underneath

After you use the pin or chalk to measure the area where you require cutting at each seam, it’s time to press raw edges underneath. You need to perform this step carefully.

To carry forward the process, press newly cut edges accordingly by the exact amount that originally got used on pants. Do so before cutting it to the desired length!

Step 5: Folding Your Pant Lengths to the New Cuff Line

Folding Your Pant Lengths to the New Cuff Line

In the fifth step, you need to fold the length of the pants sensibly and correctly. As you achieve the pressed raw edges, it’s time to fold your pants at the newly achieved cuff line.

Step 6: Pressing The Pant Leg

After you fold your pant lengths, it’s time to press it. Upon pressing, you can use the pin to hold the fold in the right position.

Now, mark the fold on your second leg with the help of the pressed edge from your first leg. Again, fold the second leg and press & pin!

When Using A Sewing MachineWhen Using Hand-Stitching Techniques
  • Use the inside of the pant
  • Stitch along the pants’ edge where raw edges got folded
  • Ensure the stitch is even and straight
  • Use the hemstitch
  • Sew turned up edges to the fabric where it got pinned in the right place
  • Stitch the hem seam on the pant legs (remember, the stitches should be even & straight!)

Step 7: Now’s The Time to Turn Off The Cuff

Turn Off The Cuff

So, it’s time to turn up the new cuff to the desired length of the hem. You can make use of a pin or white chalk to draw the desired length. Mark it with the pin where the hem requires to get sewn to the pant length!

So, it’s time to fold the cuff to the preferred mark. Use an iron perfectly to press it in the right position. After you press it, tack the cuff’s top up with the help of ditch stitches. Stitch in the ditch method is your perfect bet on this front!

[Just in case you don’t know what ‘stitch in the ditch’ means – Only sew some stitches along the top-most edge of the pant cuff on top of seams. To show off the design, you’ll need to use a contrasting thread. Apparently, four or five stitches down & back are enough!]

Step 8: Finish The Process By Achieving The Desired Length

Finish The Process By Achieving The Desired Length

Hemming your pants with a cuff doesn’t require rocket science. However, achieving the desired length definitely requires dedication and patience. So, in this step, your patience gets tested.

In simple language, here’s the step where you need to achieve a finished cuff (inside out). So, this means that both the exterior and interior of the pants should be even and neat.

Just in case you’re stitching your kid’s pants, ensure that it has extra fabric inside the cuff. Once the kid grows, you’d require opening the cuff accordingly.

Why Do You Need to Hem Your Kids’ Pants With a Cuff?

In the 21st century, young parents are gaining awareness of the issues causing permanent scars on their infants’ or kids’ chubby legs. As kids’ have the tendency to grow faster, their clothes also tighten at a quicker pace.

Hemming children’s pants with a cuff help them avoid spending too much on clothes and prevent baby injuries from tight clothing. This is one of the most crucial reasons why young parents require hemming their kids’ pants with a cuff.

How Did Turn-Ups Come Into Being?

Historically speaking, the origins of turn-ups (aka cuffs) stemmed from the time when one would prefer turning up trouser hems on rainy days. Ever since then, cuffed pants got introduced as a business outfit.

However, today, the fashion industry has embraced the style irrespective of gender and age. From office-goers to teenagers, everyone has at least one cuffed pant in their wardrobe. Designing them with your own hand becomes a beautiful experience.

For your kids or yourself, you can turn your boring jeans into a sophisticated piece. Thus, by sewing the unnecessary fabric with a cuff, you can recreate the design of your (or someone else’s) pants.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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