How To Mark Your Hems..Another Method

As I mentioned in the last post, there are many ways to mark a hem.

Besides the method I showed you in that post, I have tried using several measuring devices, including a yardstick.

None of them worked super well. They all had their issues.

But many thanks to Christy,an amazing tailor, who told me about another, quicker, method of marking your pants or skirts.

You may already know about this technique, but it was news to me.

First, buy yourself (or make) a stool.

I had thought of doing this for years, but I was waiting for my husband to make me a stool.

Good thing Christy stepped in and prompted me.

She has saved my back singlehandedly.

Or as kids would say, she has my back!

I found this one at Walmart:

It was only about $15.00.

I wanted one that was sturdy enough for someone to stand on. A stool that would make my customers feel confident that the thing wouldn’t collapse on them.

Then, Christy suggested I buy one of these at JoAnn Fabrics:

If you are on JoAnn’s mailing list, you can use the 40% off coupon and it will make it more affordable.

It has a ruler along the tall post and you can adjust the height of the marker to meet the height of your hem.

It also has a reservoir of powdered chalk.

Once you determine what height you want the hem at, you lock in the device and it won’t move.

When you get the marker right up to the fabric you are marking, squeeze the little bulb that is attached, and a small spray of chalk comes out of this gizmo in a straight line onto your fabric:

This is what it looks like on the pair of pants I marked recently:

Ok, my line is a little crooked. I must have moved a little.

But it’s close enough.

Chalk it in several places all around the hemline.

For a fuller skirt or gown, you’ll want to mark every inch or two all around the gown.

Then you just fold on those marks and press and you have the new hemline in a flash.

Thanks again, Christy!


4 Responses

  1. Hey there! I’ve been neglecting my google reader…. sorry I’ve been gone so long. 🙂

    This is a great gizmo. I’ve never heard of a device like this before. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Glad to have you back! Are you working on a sewing project now? Making anything for Christmas?

  3. I have one of these and it is super old!!! I am going to have to drag it out, but the bulb is probably decayed….LOL.

    Linda-I hope you and your family have blessed Christmas.


  4. mine was really really old also and the bulb was shot so i replaced it with a blue nose bulb (for babies)!

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