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Trouser Hem Explained

By Maurice Malone & Korissa Frooman   Published September 18, 2021

Video and Editing by Heewon Lee, Voice by Israel Giles

It can get confusing when deciding whether to do a chain stitch hem or trouser hem alteration as seen on this pair of Iron Heart work pants. Trouser hems use a lock stitch, whereas jean hems use a chain stitch.

A chain stitch hem is typically found on jeans, as well as in pants constructed in the style of a jean. It ranges between 3/8" to 3/4" wide, but is on average 1/2" wide. A trouser hem is typically found on chinos, work pants, and sometimes overalls. It can range from 3/4" to 1 1/2", but averages around 1" wide.

Check out our quick 40-second video below which briefly explains the difference between the two hems. Follow us on YouTube or Instagram @williamsburggarment for other images, videos, and news.