The pair that I had must have been cheaply made, because one of them broke within a week of purchase and the other was close behind. Instead of buying a new pair, I decided to repair and improve my current pair.
Step 1: Equipment and Supplies
Equipment and Supplies
- Sewing Machine
- Needle ( I used 80/12)
- Spool of Thread ( Color not very important, as the part being sewn will be in your shoe)
Step 2: Setting Material Up to Sew
I folded my material 4.75 inches from the bottom to create the loop. I also folded the end of the strip back under at about a quarter inch so that the spot where I am sewing is three layers thick. This adds a bit of strength to that area, which will be taking the most stress.
If there are any threads left, clean them up and pull them out.
Step 3: Wind the Bobbin
For the machine at TechShop, I simply lined my thread up according to the diagram on top and placed my bobbin on the rod on the machine. Then hold the foot pedal until the bobbin is filled up.
Step 4: Sew It All Together
Set up your shirt stay with the part that is 3 layers thick under the needle and the foot down. In order to prevent the thread from coming out, start in reverse for two or three stitches, then put the sewing machine back into forward mode and sew the width of the band.
I went over the band 3 times in order to give it some extra strength so that it wouldn't break on me again. Make sure to go in reverse at the end of the pass for 2 or 3 stitches to make sure it does not come out. Just like you did in the beginning.
Step 5: Finished!
Keep looking classy!