Learning to use a sewing machine is a useful skill to have i need to get me mam to teach me, i just do it by hand at the moment.Hi Mr K probably not the best description, there was about 4" of excess cloth on the legs, so I turned them up from the inside to the desired length and pinned them, next I ironed them with steam at the bottom. Next thing was to turn them inside out and at the original hem tacked them all the way round, being careful to only pick up a thread so that it wouldn't show on the outside when worn. I didn't want to cut off the excess cloth,because it would mean overlocking the raw hem to stop it fraying, plus when they eventually start to wear I might decide to go for a turn up.
I used to be quite good on the ex wife's sewing machine also, I used to buy Ben Sherman shirts in the 90's which where a really bad fit, no sewn in box pleat and baggy, but nice cloth and designs, they also had decent collars. On the machine I sewed in the box pleat and darted them at the back to make them slim fit, I then cut off The Ben Sherman label on the breast pocket with a scalpel and changed all the buttons. They then looked pretty authentic, I was often asked by some of the mates if I would do it for them, but the answer was always a firm NO, plus I hated doing it as It took ages. If I still had them I would definitely have to loosen off the darts.