Beginner dancers often face difficulties when sewing a rubber band on a ballet slipper. How to sew correctly and what are these bands good for? Ballet shoes, ballet pointes or simply ballet slippers protect dancers' feet and prevent from leg pain while dancing.
But they can only perform these functions if properly used. In addition to the good length and width of the shoe, attention should also be paid to a good fit. Two types of elastic bands are used for good fastening of the slipper - one goes through the instep and the other is sewn in the hem of the slipper.
What you will need
- Sewing threads
- Masking tape
- Elastic bands
HOW TO PROPERLY SEW ELASTICS TO BALLET SLIPPERS?
Elastics go over the arch of the ankle
1. Put on one ballet shoe so that the rubber bands ready by your hand. Checking the correct length of the rubber band is essential. Always work with slippers on. Actually, the easiest way to do this is to wear only one of them.
2. Pull the rubber bands over top of the foot. Two elastic straps are attached to the shoe at one end. Cross the bands over each other. Make sure they lay flat. The elastic straps should be aligned with the seam on the shoe side. Tighten the elastic bands firmly, but not so tight you feel pain.
3. Mark where the rubber bands and the top of the shoe meet. This is where the bands need to be sewn. Release the rubber bands and remove the shoe.
4. Sew the rubber bands in the place you marked inside the shoe just below the top seam, but still aligned with the side seam. !WARNING! Do not sew in the seam at the top of the slipper, as this would prevent you from tightening another rubber band in the shoe. Cut off excess rubber.
5. Repeat the steps on the second slipper.
Front elastic bands
6. Put on one ballet shoe. On the front of the shoe should be two rubber bands that run around the opening of the shoe. These are used to tighten the shoe around the heel and ankle. Sewing elastic straps is easier if you only work on one shoe at a time.
7. Tighten the elastic bands just enough so that the shoe fits comfortably on your foot. If you pull too hard, the elastic will press into the back of the foot and cause discomfort. If you do not tighten enough, the shoe will slide off the leg.
8. Tighten the elastic bands to the point where you feel the tension and the slipper sits well on your leg. Secure the bands to prevent them from loosening with a pin. Secure the pin on the inside of the shoe with masking tape.
9. Repeat the steps on the second slipper.