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Category Archives: Tips & Tricks…

Some handy tips and tricks!

Setting a 4-Part Snap

Snaps have 4 parts. The first piece is the Post that is flat with a narrow tube sticking up. This will be the back on the wrong side of the fabric or garment. The Stud attaches to the Post. The … Continue reading

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Cutting Continuous Spiral Steel Boning

When you buy a continuous roll of boning you have the freedom to cut your pieces of boning to exactly the right length, as opposed to just rounding to the nearest half inch.You can work on your project according to … Continue reading

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Zipper too Long? How to Shorten a Zipper.

Zippers are only available in certain lengths and tape colors, which may stifle your designs. Some fabric stores will cut your zipper down to size for you, if you know exactly how long you want it while at the store. … Continue reading

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Grommets! What Should I Use?

Grommets and Washers are similar to eyelets used for reinforcing an eyehole in fabric. Grommets are metal tubes with a flare on one side. The Washer is the flare without the tube, or washer. When put through an eyehole in … Continue reading

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Lacing Tips: How to Tip Your Laces

If you work with continuous Flat Lacing from a spool, or if you want to shorten your existing laces, you will want to tip your laces for the ease of lacing and to keep the ends looking more professional and … Continue reading

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Lacing a Corset

We’ve all laced shoes before, right? Should be a no-brainer to lace a corset. Except that you need to tighten it at the waist, not at the top or bottom. There are many different ways to lace a corset, I’ll … Continue reading

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Applying Boning Tips

If you buy continuous rolls of spiral steel you’ll need to tip the boning that you’ve cut so that it slides smoothly into your casing and it doesn’t harm the fabric with sharp edges. These tips also work great on Hoop Boning, … Continue reading

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How to Set a Busk

Corset busks are a standard closure for the center front of a modern corset.  They come in several varieties of shape, metal finishes, and qualities.  Busks are also available in many lengths to provide a suitable closure for everything from … Continue reading

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Grommet/Rivet Removal

More than once, we have set a grommet or rivet and completely botched it. Or mid way through we decided that we should have used a different color. A few weeks ago we had a customer who had a rivet … Continue reading

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Tips & Tricks: Corset Lace Tipping

The heat shrink lace tipping is a 3/32″ diameter tipping that you “roll” the ends of your lacing through. Then by applying heat to the tipping it shrinks around the end of the lacing forming a tight bond. We have … Continue reading

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