Welding Gloves That Live Forever





Introduction: Welding Gloves That Live Forever

About: Owner, Operator of Steelshell Fabrication

Don't chuck yer 15$ welding gloves because the seams came apart.
This is how to "Man Sew" with Kevlar thread, and get a crazy long life out of your welding gloves.

I have a rather large collection of nice leather TIG gloves that I got new while at various welding jobs over the years. usually the seams on one glove come undone after a week, long before the leather rips, and I'd chuck em into a drawer and ask for new ones.
these gloves cost from 7 to 25$ a pair by the way, but can't be used when they expose your hand to weld sparks n heat.
now that I'm in business for myself, I look for ways to save cash.
This is one of them

Step 1: What You Need

I went to the Tandy factory outlet in Denver to get my supplies, but you may be able to order from their website.

* I bought a spool of Kevlar thread for 25$ US
( most welding gloves are made with Kevlar thread because it's flame proof, but this stuff is tougher, and we're gonna double thread it)
* Second I bought an assortment bag of leather needles. I think I paid 6$

*Lastly, you need your used gloves, and your ready to do this

Step 2: Threading N Knots

A quick trick to making a good knot that won't untie:

* First thread the needle, which is easy with these big leather needles, and make it as long as your arm doubled. ( mines shorter for instruction purposes)

* Then even up the loose ends, and make a big loop so that you overlap the thread onto the needle, and hold em all together with your left finger and thumb. ( pic 2)

* Wrap the double thread around the needle twice towards the sharp end. ( pic 3 )

* Wrap back over those wraps twice towards your fingers. ( pic 4)

*Without letting go, scooch your left finger and thumb onto the wraps, and squeeze.

* Get a firm grip on the sharp end with your right hand, and gingerly pull those wraps to the left, and off the needle.
you gotta loosen your grip just enough to get passed the eye. ( pic 5 )
- also I will sometimes keep my left pinky in the loop, until its almost closed, to keep the thread from getting caught and knotted before it gets to the end.

* Don't let go... pull that bundle all the way to the end of the thread over itself, until it slips out of your fingers.

- you should have a clean double double knot at the end now. ( pic. 6 )

Step 3: Inside Out

When you flip the glove inside out, make sure to keep track of which finger you need to fix, unless its the palm. ( it's always the palm!)

Step 4: Use Someone Else's Holes!

These leather gloves are tough to sew, but fortunately they already have thread holes, so just use them!

* I run the needle thru both sides, and wrap around over and over again.

*once I get the hole closed, I pull it tight, push the needle thru the last loop and pull that tight.
cut one of the threads at about an inch and a half, and tie the two together in a knot.
then I can clip both short, and I'm done.

Repeat on any other holes!

Step 5: Better Then New!

Aside from being dirty, now that I've fixed these gloves, they're better then new, and they last months, or longer!

The first pair I fixed has been put thru a lot of hard metal work, and not just welding, and I'm shocked that they're still killin it 3 months later with no other holes!
I may never have to buy a new pair... seriously!

So I fixed up all the gloves I had saved, and was so stoked I decided to make this Instructable.
Tanks and Bombs!

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    Awesome technique! I don't get why you call it "man sewing" though! I've been looking into more uses for kevlar thread ever since I found it used in the seams of my motorcycle pants.

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    Many men won't or can't sew. I think he's getting at that, it's kind of a joke on gender stereotypes.

    My mother taught me to sew like this, as she know I might (at times) not have someone in my life who could do it for me. She was right. I've sewn sails, pants (repairs, hemming them) and some leather projects. Never made any clothing, but I think I could do so if need be, with a pattern to work from.

    Great idea. Eliminates waste, keeps the bottom line from dropping into the red.

    Super glue (cyanoacrilate) should work too, but has no flex once dried, so the sewing with Kevlar would be a great idea. Thanks for posting. I'm off to my Tandy leather store...

    In my workshop we run around the seems with super glue before we use them. Makes the last forever ?

    i use the driver leather gloves for work and i put glue on the seams and on the explosed threads it seems to work all right too just thought id sheare

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    I use the driver gloves as well. I am going to try your trick as well. I think between this and the Instructable I should be able to save a fair amount of cash. Thanks!


    Thanks for your instructable I've got sum Kevlar thread and I know that I'm doing today :-)
    Super fab idea thanks

    Exactly what I need ! Thanks for sharing !

    Many of the gloves I used end up with good left hand while the right are thrown away. When in dire need for a right, I turn a left inside out and it always work.

    I buy knitted welding gloves, they are actually cooking gloves but work wonders in the shop, and no seams to worry about

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    thanks for sharing. really this was more about repairing gloves you have and less about buying new.

    A great, simple solution.
    With recycling thrown in. Thank you.
    You can buy kevlar thread cheap as fishing line on a well-known four-letter online auction site. Look for generic spools of 20 to 30 lb line.

    if you can't find Kevlar thread, PTFE plumbing tape is high temperature resistant and forms a good thread when on the needle. Slides through the leather really well as a added bonus. Have used it for the exact same purpose. .fixing welding gloves!!

    It may seem like a trivial thing, but as you point out it gets a much longer life for them, and it meets the old homily of business; "mind the pennies and the dollars will manage themselves".

    Yes sir! Its off of I-70 near Dahliah st., on the south frontage road. They got it all!

    I did not know we had a Tandy factory outlet here...

    Thanks for sharing this. Nice job!