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This detailed how-to project will result in successful repair of damaged ballet slippers that are often mistaken to be no longer useful. When the elastic drawstring is lost within the casing of the ballet shoe, most dancers or parents feel the need to replace them instantly with a new pair since it can lead to dangerous consequences. Don’t buy new slippers if this happens! These in-depth, affordable steps will result in like-new ballet slippers.

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  1. Locate the end of the elastic that is stuck within the ballet casing
    • Locate the end of the elastic that is stuck within the ballet casing

  2. Use a fine needle to rip a few of the stitches in order to open the exact area where the elastic is stuck to release it
    • Use a fine needle to rip a few of the stitches in order to open the exact area where the elastic is stuck to release it

    • You may also use a stitch opener in replacement of the fine needle if preferred

    • Fine needle can be found at Walmart in the sewing aisle. The one used is the brand "Dritz" and included 6 different sized needles. The one used is the smallest needle in the kit.

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  4. Remove all of the elastic out of the shoe completely by gently pulling one end
    • Remove all of the elastic out of the shoe completely by gently pulling one end

  5. Put one end of the elastic through the thin needle. Leave enough of a tail on the thread in order to ensure it does not come unthreaded
    • Put one end of the elastic through the thin needle. Leave enough of a tail on the thread in order to ensure it does not come unthreaded

  6. Rethread the shoe by putting the needle through one end and pushing it through to the other opening
    • Rethread the shoe by putting the needle through one end and pushing it through to the other opening

    • This may be a bit tricky since the needle is super straight and the ballet shoe is curved. Use force to push the needle all the way through but be cautious not to stick yourself with the sharp end when doing so

    • Keep in mind that this may be the most difficult or time consuming part of the repair depending on the specific slipper and/or strength used

  7. Once elastic is evenly pulled through the ballet casing, secure the knot and cut the leftover elastic, if necessary It may help to fit the ballet slipper to the ballerina's foot prior to securing the knot to ensure the elastic is adjusted specifically their size
    • Once elastic is evenly pulled through the ballet casing, secure the knot and cut the leftover elastic, if necessary

    • It may help to fit the ballet slipper to the ballerina's foot prior to securing the knot to ensure the elastic is adjusted specifically their size

    • You may also use fabric glue to seal the spot where you’ve broken the stitches, or if it appears in good condition, leave stitching broken and cut down any excess hanging thread. The few broken stitches do not affect the ballerina’s performance in the shoe. It will still be in perfect working/wearing condition

Conclusione

It may appear frustrating at first with how tedious this repair is. However, I strongly advise having patience with each step in order to successfully repair the shoe. It will only work 100% if you’re not rushing through it. Go into the repair with an open mind and the result will be worth it! Some ballet slippers are sentimental to ballerinas and this is where this simple fix comes handy.

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Brooke Kull

Membro da: 29/01/2017

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HI - where can i put the string if it’s totally broken?

Cynthia Calderon - Replica

Hi - where can i purchase the string if it’s broken?

Cynthia Calderon - Replica

Step 4: I destroyed a standard needle threader threading the elastic through the needle. Here’s what works for me. Get a fairly thin bare wire, e.g., by stripping a wire-tie. Bend it in a gentle loop and use it like a needle threader: put the loop through the eye of the need, put the elastic in the loop, and pull back through the needle. I grabbed both ends of the wire with needle-nose pliers on the other side of the eye and rolled the wire onto the pliers to pull the elastic through.

Alexander Pruss - Replica

Step 5: Instead, I pushed with the blunt (eye) end forward and used the needle-nose pliers to help pull the needle along. Less risk of getting stuck with the needle and a lot easier to move the needle! Three movements are possible:

1. Hold with pliers near sharp end and push through fabric.

2. Hold the needle eye in front of the elastic with pliers and pull through fabric.

3. In the really curvy back of the shoe, the sharp end may poke out, and you can grab it with the pliers and push hard. In fact, whenever stuck you might want to make the sharp end come out so you can push.

You can probably use the pliers with the sharp end forward, but I was afraid I’d poke through the shoe too often.

Alexander Pruss - Replica

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