Sewing elastic in ballet shoes is an important part of creating a perfect fit for the dancer. Whether you are sewing pointe shoes or taking class in a studio, having the correct fit is essential for proper foot placement and support. The steps below will help you understand how to sew elastic in ballet shoes so you can ensure that your dancer has the best possible fit.
Step 1: Measure
Measure the length of the elastic you will need by wrapping it around the heel of the shoe and allowing for at least 1/4 inch extra on each side. Cut your elastic to size with sharp scissors.
Step 2: Prepare the Shoes
Remove any old elastic from the ballet shoe and make sure that all surfaces are clean and free from dirt or debris. Place a toe weight onto the ballet shoe sole if desired; this will help to keep the shape of your new elastic as it is sewn.
Step 3: Sew
Thread a needle with strong thread and knot one end securely. Push your needle through both layers of fabric near one edge of your new piece of elastic, making sure to catch both layers of fabric.
Pull through until just enough thread remains on either side that you can tie a knot with it when finished. Sew along both edges of the elastic, overlapping as needed, until it is securely attached to both layers of fabric.
Step 4: Secure
Tie off your stitch with a double knot and cut off any excess thread. Securely attach any additional pieces of elastic needed for support such as crisscross straps across the arch or heel straps. Make sure all stitches are tight and secure before moving on.
Sewing elastic in ballet shoes can seem like an intimidating process, but following these steps can help make sure that every pair fits perfectly for each individual dancer’s feet. With these tips, you can be confident that each pair will be tailored to provide optimal comfort, support, and flexibility.