During the winter I was a great fan of Super Scrimpers. Every Tuesday night I would be glued to the box, recording at the same time so I wouldn't miss a minute of the programme. The post-war rationing approach to saving money really appealed to me, although in reality I am not particularly frugal. It's just that I would like to be. However, there were many good tips, including using vinegar to cut grease on pans and cooker, using bicarb to scrub really grubby surfaces and tiles and remodelling clothes to bring them up to date, sometimes by simply shortening a skirt or dress. I have since done all of these.
When I go to the USA once a year, I buy my husband's trousers. He is big and tall and many US brands cater for men of his size. We both like Dockers, he because they look good and me because they require practically no ironing. I usually lug home three pairs in my extra suitcase and I can tell you, they are heavy.
How to do it.
First, unpick the old hem. Then roughly hand-stitch the frayed edges together.
On the right side, pin the kick tape in place, straddling the frayed fabric. Edge stitch both sides of the kick tape on the machine, finishing off the ends by folding them under and stitching them.
Press, then turn up the hem to include the kick tape and stitch it into place. You will only be turning up the hem a fraction so you needn't worry that the trousers will be too short. They probably frayed because they were a bit too long in the first place.
press them again with a damp cloth (to prevent the fabric going shiny). Then press the seams.