Since I never found any information about this way of hemming outside Europe I thought it would be interesting to show you.
The hem has a tape sewed on at the hem allowance partly covering the hem fold by 1 mm or 1/24 inch to protect the hem from wearing out, and for reinforcement.
Grey pants example detail : which shows the 1 mm ridge which is peeking out but is hardly noticeable by others , or you must be lying on the ground so your eyes are on the same level as the pants hem.
Detail outside view black pants
Inside view black pants
This tape is sewn by 2 stitching lines after the hem fold is steam pressed and the ridge should peep out for 1 mm ( 1/24 inch)
I used a non matching thread for better view.
This polyester or cotton tape is 15,5 mm wide (5/8 inch) and has a small ridge at one long end.
The tape which is called “Stootband” in Dutch, “Trouser Kick Tape” in English, “Hosenstossband” in German, “Talonnette” in French, “Slidbånd” in Denmark, “Cinta Talonera” in Spain.
Visible ridge 1 mm, 1/28 inch
This way of protecting a hem from wearing out is mainly used in men’s pants/trousers but I also heard that in theater clothing it is used for floor-length gowns or skirts to protect the hem from wearing out.
I have sewn this tape too in a pair of wide legged pants for myself.
This tape is available in several colors like dark blue, black, beige, grey and brown and can be purchased at European well stocked notion stores, it is sold per meter or at prepacked cards which consist of 2 meters (2.18 yards)
I bought a few cards from a store who was selling out their inventory
(1 grey, 2 1 beige, 5 3 black and 5 3 dark blue) which I can part off if anybody wants to try them out.
The price per card is Euro €1,25 plus shipping.
If you are interested in a card contact me at diva-els hotmail dot com