The summer I turned 13 years old, my Grandma took me shopping for some dress pants. Being of shorter stature, I was unable to get a pair that were the proper length. No worries she said, they will just need to be hemmed. When we got home I found out what she meant -- she was going to show ME how to hem them. Not a chore I was especially thrilled with BUT I was expected to do it. We went thru the cutting off, pinning and then the actual hand hemming. When I showed her my handiwork, she said, I'd either need to re-hem them now or later - her choice was NOW, lol. Second time around I made tiny little stitches. They passed inspection, lol. Although I didn't appreciate it at the time, I learned a skill that has served me well - there has even been times I have earned a few bucks hemming for others.
That said, all these years later, I'd much rather find a pair of slacks that fit me well - both in the size and length. I'd never pay full price (or even retail) for a pair that needed hemming BUT our local Goodwill store has like-new, if not new dress slacks for $3.25 a pair -- that surely is enough to get me to hem. Don't get me wrong, I always look for my size that includes a P (for petite) or S (for short) on the tag BUT more times than not, I have to hem.Since my size has changed from last fall, I have been on the search for new slacks for cooler weather. In the last month or so, I've collected 8 very nice pairs - total expense only $26.00 - that wouldn't even buy 1 pair brand new (and 4 of these still had their tags on them). Only problem is that each pair required hemming.