|Fig.1 Gary's slippers|
Supplies and Tools:
80-grit belt sand paper
Nitrile disposable gloves
Sewing awl kit
Waxed thread 5 cord linen
35-pound tensile strength
My Christmas slippers lasted five years and were made of a lambs wool upper, collared slippers in white, double-face sheepskin uppers, fully lined in genuine sheepskin, rubber sole, size at 13.
This post shows the nine steps continuing from Part 1 of 2 - how to mend my favorite slippers.
Step 1: Fig.1 shows the slippers received for Christmas.
Step 2: After three hours the clamps were released from the slippers. Fig.2 shows the two slippers that had clamps placed around each of the bad areas. Now only a few are on the slippers were areas were still gaping.
|Fig.2 Both slippers are clamped|
Step 5: After 24-hours add a few saddle stitches to key damage areas into the soles of the shoes.
Step 6: To accomplish the saddle stitching the leather of the slippers uppers need to be cut in a diagonal angle.
Step 7: Try to place the holes in the same diagonal pattern.
Step 8: Use an awl with built in waxed thread and lace them into the holes of the leather and the rubber soles. This take a bit of practice, just do the best you can, the goal here is to give the slipper just a little more strength on badly damaged areas. Fig.6, fig.7 and fig.8 shows to starts the awl into the sole of the leather and into the other side. Pull the thread into the loop and place the next needle into the next hole. Do all the holes in the damaged area.
|Fig.6 Waxed thread|
|Fig.8 Saddle stitching|
How to Save Your Favorite Slipper:
- Part 1 of 2 - Taking Apart and Gluing the Slipper Heel
- Part 2 of 2 - Stitching for Strength
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