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How to Fix a Ripped Shirt Hem

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    • 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.

    • 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.

  10. How to Fix a Ripped Shirt Hem: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Cut off excess thread.

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