How to shorten a sweater without sewing machine?

In this article we will discuss in detail how to shorten sweater without sewing machine. I am sure you have that favorite sweater that is just too long and you can’t seem to find a solution to shorten the sweater. Well I have something for you. In this article, I will show you how to shorten your sweater without a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine, don’t worry at all you need is fabric, thread and a needle.

Things needed:

In order to shorten a sweater without a sewing machine, you will need the following items:

  • pair of sharp scissors
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • friend or family member to help you with the measurements and cutting
  •  lint roller (optional)

First, you will want to try on the sweater and mark where you would like it to be shortened. Then, take it off and lay it flat on a surface. Use the measuring tape or ruler to measure how much fabric you will need to remove in order to shorten the sweater by your desired amount. Once you have measured, have your friend or family member help you cut the fabric off of the bottom of the sweater. Be sure to cut straight across so that the bottom of the sweater is even. Finally, use a lint roller (if desired) to remove any loose threads or fabric from the newly cut edge of the sweater.

Step One: You must remove the knit hem at the bottom of the sweater

If your sweater has a knit hem at the bottom, you’ll need to remove it before you can shorten the sweater. To do this, carefully cut along the seam with a sharp pair of scissors. Once the hem is removed, you can proceed to Step Two.

Step Two: Calculate how much of the sweater to cut off

Assuming you don’t have a sewing machine readily available, there are still a couple options for shortening a sweater. One option is to cut the sweater off at the desired length. This will create a raw edge that will likely unravel over time, so it’s not the best option if you want the sweater to last for more than a few wears.

Another option is to knot the sweater at the desired length. This will create a more finished look and prevent the raw edge from unravelling, but it will also make the sweater less stretchy and more difficult to put on and take off.

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, you can always sew a hem into the bottom of the sweater. This will give it a clean finish and make it much easier to wear. However, it does require access to a sewing machine (or someone who knows how to use one).

Step Three: Cut off the excess fabric from each side of the hemline

Once you have your sweater pinned up to the correct length, it’s time to cut off the excess fabric from each side of the hemline. Be sure to use sharp scissors and cut along the inside of the pins, so that you don’t accidentally cut off any of the sweater fabric. After you’ve cut off the excess fabric, remove the pins and give your sweater a try-on to make sure that the new hemline is sitting at the right spot on your body.

Step Four: Sew it back together

Assuming you’ve already followed the first three steps, it’s time to sew your sweater back together. You’ll want to use a needle and thread that matches the color of your sweater, and make sure to knot the thread securely before you begin.

Start by inserting the needle into one side of the fabric, about an inch from the edge. Pull the thread through until there’s a small loop on one side and a long tail on the other. Then insert the needle into the other side of the fabric, directly across from where you first inserted it.

Pull the thread through until there’s another small loop on that side. Continue this pattern, alternating sides as you go, until you’ve sewn up the entire seam. When you’re finished, knot the thread off on the inside of the fabric so it’s hidden.


In this article, we showed you how to shorten a sweater without a sewing machine. We hope that you found this information to be helpful and that you were able to successfully shorten your sweater.I hope now after reading this article it will be very clear to you how to shorten sweater without sewing machine. If you have some queries feel free to as me in comments below.

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