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It’s a very exciting time to get your first pair of or even new peak shoes. It’s like a transit right that you’re trying to grow up in the dance world. However, so many steps can be frustrating before those bad guys can actually be put on.
It is like a gourmet meal, a lot of preparation is required, but the final result deserves a great deal. My hope is to find a quick and easy flow to sew your punch shoes for anyone who reads this!
Step 1: Gather Materials
You’re going to have to…
Shoes with tip (your personal brand – we recommend getting fitted at a dance shoe store with a specialist)
Sewing needle and thread that matches your shoe colour
Ribbons for each shoe
Elastic for each shoe
STEP 2: Elastic placement and measurement
Start your first shoe by trying. It doesn’t matter which of you, but over time the shoes will shape you so that you can track what (we recommend labeling them on the inside).
You will need to test the right length and positioning for your elastics once or twice over on your foot. You will receive a long elastic band when buying pointe shoes, which you have to cut into two pieces, one per shoe.
Hold the shoe’s back/heel has a vertical seam. You sew the ends of your elastics on either side of this seam.
You can hold the elastic end on one side of the seam on your foot inside the shoe. (See above picture) Drag the rest of the elastic across the top of your foot while holding it down.
Bring the elastic end to an end and place it on the other side of the seam next to that end. Measure a comfortable length for yourself. Remember to make it snug enough to make support possible, and the elastic extends over time, but not to reduce circulation. Ensure you have the right length. Then cut off your elastic accordingly with this step. As our elders put it: twice measure, once cut! Repeat steps with the second shoe.
DISCLAIMER: We’ll show how to sew shoes with one elastic per shoe.
Step 3: Measure Thread
You can use thread for sewing, as we mentioned in the first step. Some use floss as the basis for elasticity, and the ribbon is stronger.
The resulting cleaner look, we personally prefer thread. Again, your sewing does not matter, so you can decide! We usually start with a thread’s arm length. Cut the thread’s end. Thread the needle and draw the thread so that the thread ends meet.
This leads to a double sewing layer, which creates a stronger point. Starting sewers might immediately think of making a knot, but have patience with hoppers.
Step 4: Sew Elastics
Place the pad next to your heel seam as in STEP TWO again, taking your first shoe. Keep it with your non-stitching hand, thumb, and forefinger. From the inner corner near the corner, start sewing.
Make one small stitch (1/4 inch or less) from the elastic edge about 1/4 inch. Now is the time to make an end of the film and the thread you have pulled through after you have pulled your first stitch through. Continue to sew the first edge, and after each stitch, make sure to tighten the thread.
To meet the place that you began, you will sew a square. (See above pictures) You should put your last stitch inside the shoe, so it is possible to tie another knot from your first knot onto the thread ends.
Snap your thread and start with the elastic on the other end. Make sure you don’t twist your elastic. We suggest putting your shoe again to double-check the placement by pulling the elastic over your foot.
Repeat sewing steps for the second and second shoe sides of the elastic.
Step 5: Placement & Measuring of Ribbons
The ribbons are sewn next to seams, similar to the elastics. On either side of your tip shoes are seams (at your instep and on the outside). The belt is sewn on the heel side of the seam.
Spread the end of the tape far enough down to make sure that you stitch the same box pattern on your elastic. The opposite end of each band will stay loose since the bands are wrapped around the ankles and attached further to secure the shoes.
Step 6: Sew Ribbons
The pattern is the same as the elastics. If you need a recap, return to STEP FOUR. For all four of your ribbons, you will use these steps.
Step 7: Singe Ends of Ribbons
The time has come for an adult and a couple of matches or a lighter. Take the end of your ribbon carefully, which is not sewn, and sings lightly to the rim. It takes just a second, and you’ll notice the edge hardens. This avoids breaking down the ends of your ribbons.
Do it to all the other bands. The sewing is completed!