Did you notice a loose string hanging from the bottom of your favorite shirt, only to realize that the hem ripped? If so, this is the perfect guide to fix your problem.


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Turn your shirt inside out.
  • Turn your shirt inside out.

  • Find your shirt's ripped hem.

  • If the shirt has any loose strings, trim them.

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Iron the area of the shirt where the hem is ripped.
  • Iron the area of the shirt where the hem is ripped.

  • If the hem is ripped several inches, you might want to insert sewing pins to keep the fabric in place.

  • It's important to iron because it allows for easier sewing when the shirt stays folded the same way as the non-ripped part of the hem.

  • The iron will be very hot. Be careful as to not burn yourself.

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  • Acquire a sewing needle and thread.

  • Take your thread and loop it through the eye of the needle, the hole at the end of the needle.

  • You'll want the thread to be the same color and shade as the original thread. For visual purposes, I will use red in place of black.

  • The needle is sharp.

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  • Pull the thread through the needle so that there is an equal length on each side of the needle.

  • Tie the end of the thread together by making a knot.

  • Making an additional knot over the first makes it more secure.

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  • Starting on the inside of the shirt, poke the needle through toward the side that is right-side-out.

  • Sew over the original thread for about half an inch to ensure that it's thread won't rip again.

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  • Once the needle and thread is pulled through the side that is right-side-out, you will push it back through as close to the original hole as you can.

  • Doing this will make the visible hem as hidden as possible.

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  • When you're back on the inside of the hem, make the next stitch a couple millimeters over and diagonal from the first.

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  • Continue this pattern so that the inside has diagonal stitches, and the outside has small, staggered dots.

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  • Finish sewing the hem. Make sure the last stitch is on the inside of the shirt.

  • Make a knot where you intend for the pattern to stop.

  • It's important to tie the knot as close to the fabric as possible. Doing this secures the stitching.

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  • Cut off excess thread.

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