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How to Shorten and Hem Sleeves on a Shirt by Hand

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    • Measure out the desired length of the sleeve.

    • Leave at least 1 inch of fabric because you will fold back and hem the sleeves.

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    • Cut the shirt sleeve to the desired length.

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    • Turn the shirt inside out.

    • Roll up the shirt sleeve by 1 inch.

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    • Measure the shirt sleeve to make sure it is even in the front and back of the sleeve cuff.

    • Use sewing pins to secure the sleeve cuff in place.

    • Sewing pins are sharp so be careful when using them. We recommend placing the pins in the middle or lower part of the cuff as to not get in the way of sewing.

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    • Measure about 1/4 of an inch from the top of the sleeve cuff.

    • Use this as a guiding line to make your stitches appear straight.

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    • Loop the thread through your sewing needle and tie it together.

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    • Underneath the sleeve cuff, push your needle through the sleeve.

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    • In the space above the sleeve cuff, make a right-to-left stitch.

    • Then push the needle right-to-left into the sleeve cuff where you made the guide lines.

    • This will create a zigzag pattern in the shape of an upside down "V."

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    • Repeat the steps to sew the entire sleeve cuff.

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    • To end the catch stitch, push your needle into the starting stitch and make a small knot.

    • Make a few more knots to secure the thread.

    • Cut the thread with scissors.

    • Remove the sewing pins.

    • Turn the shirt inside out again and you're done!

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