Monday, January 16, 2012

Day Twenty-Two: Sewing Custom Shoes Part 2

            Alright, you have all your pieces, now what? Was going to post this up on Thurs but we had an unexpected delay which will be shortly explained. Bring out the glue and paint brushes. I have to add make sure your glue is good. Contact glue can be a bit tricky to work with if you're not used to. I had to throw away a gallon over the weekend that accidently got dinged when we moved to our bigger studio. Definitely a good lesson to learn, wish it hadn't been quite so expensive to do, but guess it's better than nothing.

         Next, ladies and gentlemen, start sewing. This is the part I always find relaxing. The sewing machine hums, well-oiled and zip and you have a stack of shoe uppers all crisp and ready to go. If you have particularly expensive leather, I will sometimes sew in reverse from standard with my fabric on the right instead of left to hit my 1/8 inch seam allowance that shoes are traditionally sewn at. I've never heard of anyone else doing that though so it may be just particular to me. A good zipper foot will also work wonders here. If you can't sew that narrow or you don't trust your abilities, then sew the normal seam allowance and just trim off the extra. Afterwards, wet them down. Now the shoe glue, counters, and toe puffs come out. Sew the leather to the insole. Add your cork and final sole. Voila, let the shoe dry before polishing and buffing it.

             Tomorrow, finishing the shoes. I hope you have fun smiling with me at some of the fun creations kids designed.

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