I think I might go crazy from being voluntarily cooped up at home today, so this is a post to normalize things and convince myself that life is gonna be okay. And that's a super dramatic beginning to a very random post.
So we begin with a problem: the pads of your foot thongs are falling apart at the seam and you don't want to drop $20 on a fresh pair that will last you more than your next 2 weeks of dancing. Others will gladly invest in the bucks for the shiny new kicks. Me? I'm a selective cheapo. I'd rather have that $20 on a sparkling Kikki K material good. So I pick up the needle and thread and wage war with the foot thongs.
1. The pads are HARD. As in, you have never sewed anything that impenetrable in your life. Forget about cotton or denim, those are easy stuff. Therefore, pick a good needle that is thin enough to go through but strong enough to withstand resistance from the fabric. For me, a normal needle worked. I don't recommend embroidery needles because I think they might be too big / blunt for something as thick as foot thong pads.
2. Do not push the needle too hard or too fast through the pad. It will break and you could hurt yourself, which is really dangerous. Case in point below.
3. Doing one continuous seam around the whole pad is preferable (to me), just because it's convenient. In that case, you must measure out a long string of thread, about one arm's length++ to be safe. Or you'll have to keep tying knots and restarting which is the part I really dislike.
4. It's hard to explain, but for the most part you will be maneuvering your hands either through the big toe hole, or when you reach around the bottom, through the biggest hole where your feet enter through. It's important to make sure the thread doesn't bunch up or get caught in loops especially where you can't easily see it (or you have to flip the entire foot thong inside out).
5. Top tip: use your fingers to make the thread smoothly taut each time before you finish pulling through a seam. I find that the best way to ensure there's no hidden problems with the string which can get finicky easily because it has a tendency to tangle up in each other. Once you push the needle through the other side, there's absolutely no saving whatever problems occurred and you have to end there and restart, or worse, use a seam ripper to take your hard work out.
6. I use a basic back stitch, which M taught me. Forget home economics, this stitch could save your life and is quick fix to many of my fabric crises.
7. To end off, simply snip off excess thread and use the two ends to tie a very basic knot, at least five or six times.
8. Then finish it off with a knot using both ends of the thread, getting it as close to the base as possible.
9. You might need a hard surface to push your needle through the pad, this just happened to be my stomach (don't ask why, it isn't hard), which could result in other surfaces being slightly damaged. Final tip: try not to use your body as a spring board for the needle.
Happy sewing, folks.
L / 18 / SG / ACJC
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