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Old 10-13-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I guess this is the best place to post since it involves clothing. I have a pair of light-ish gray cords that apparently kept getting shorter in the wash - I want to let out the hem (I had hemmed them and they were perfect for awhile) - by about 1/2" - 3/4" - but there's a white line at the bottom of the previous hem. Does anyone know anything that will work to remove it? TIA
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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A friend successfully and carefully sewed over the white line with identically colored thread... but her pants were plain cotton, not cords.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks Pitt Chick, that's a good idea for plain fabric - I'm actually thinking of trying to find a permanent eyeliner (pencil) - that might be that color and see if it "stains" it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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This is a tricky problem. If the fabric is cotton, you can relax the fold line with application of vinegar, but you might have the light colored line to contend with. You will have to press the pants bottoms out as much as possible. Turn up the hem twice to slightly overlap the 'line' and sew a line of stitching over the line, catching the edge of the turned edge.

You match exactly the color of the material of the pants with the thread.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Guess I should just hem them up again where they were and tuck them into boots
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Sounds like a plan!
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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LOL - but I really like how they fit otherwise and the color which took me forever to find... and it's hard to find clothes that fit me

BTW, is there a "trick" to keeping pants tucked into boots? How do you stop them from pulling up when you sit, causing bulges at the knee, etc. when you stand up?
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You can also embroider over the line or stitch a trim like braid over the line in a contrasting color.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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LOL - but I really like how they fit otherwise and the color which took me forever to find... and it's hard to find clothes that fit me

BTW, is there a "trick" to keeping pants tucked into boots? How do you stop them from pulling up when you sit, causing bulges at the knee, etc. when you stand up?
You can sew a strip of elastic onto the hem that goes under your heel (think stirrup pants from the 80's). That keeps pants tucked into boots.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks Hedgehog Mom, good idea.
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