seal?/finishing edges

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#1 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

i recently decided to get some tabi/ninja shoes

and after wearing regular socks in them a few times i figured it would be better
to have the appropiate split toe socks to go with

im very picky about the fit of my footwear, so i decided to cut and sew my own
from socks i already like

while synthetics/blends i can treat the edges with flame or superglue

what can i do for natural fiber like cotton? that will just burn or...burn
using flame or glue (glue will make it spontaeneously combust)

i tried to look at fray check, but my understanding is it wont hold up to washing (machine)

also if theres an easy way to make softer permenant frayless edges, im all ears

heads up, i dont know diddly squat about "real" sewing
all i can manage is rolled or straight stitch, by hand, (i dont have machine...worth using)

#2 Penlowe on 1 year ago

Hand stitching is fine.

Making them from existing socks may not work unless you add a gusset of other soft material (like recycling an old tee shirt). A piece of knit jersey (tee shirt) cut into a long oval, roughly the size of your big toe is all the material needed.

Make sure your stitches stay somewhat loose. You might want to find something roughly big toe sized to put in the sock and sew around.

Glues won't work as the only ones strong enough to hold under such strain will be very hard and crunchy in the sensitive areas between your toes, which defeats the purpose of using socks you like.

I cannot post attachments for whatever reason, or I'd sketch a picture...


Se the seams along the edges of the fingers? that's a gusset. It's a long skinny piece inserted to make the finger of the glove an open space and allows for a snugger fit. Do that.

#3 lunaflora on 1 year ago

You might also want to look until the whipstitch or the buttonhole stitch. They are commonly used to finish edges. You can actually sew the seam using whipstitch too. The whipstitch canbe izzard to sew the seamas well as, be a seam finish. Or you can also look up the backstitch, which is another strong stitch . Since the seam will be under stress and constantly rubbed against by the shoe, you want to make sure the seam is strong, so keep your stitches small ,1 to 2 mm in length.

#4 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

... dang opend things in wrong tab abd erased my post...

i used this tut before posting, [url][/url]

the 2 pair i did, dont seem uncomfortable for short 1-3 hour sessions in shoe
(which i rarely go over)

ill look into other stitches, though im not sure iff ill pick em up, im kinda
"learning incompetent" with such things

since i use socks that fit my feet,
rather than stretch 2x original size to fit, like manufacturers suggest,
using a gusset wasnt nesessary

thanx much

#5 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

... well, i guess ive been using whip stitches this whole time
and buttonhole seems to be the same but with the thread going through
the circle, and making a wider stitch

and back stitch is same as a straight, but going back after each stitch
to make a continuos thread line

guess im not as dumb as i thought, now if i can just retain the terminology

so, now knowing i used a tightly clustered whip stitch on my socks (sewn both directions)
would you say they should be fine?

#6 lunaflora on 1 year ago

Yes, they should be fine. Not entirely sure what you mean by both directions, but stitching just once should be fine. If you want to use whipstitch to finish a seam, you wrap the thread around the fabric edge so the edge is encased in thread to prevent fraying. You might've done both in one go, where you encased the edge while stitching the seam. This works if the seam allowance is very small. If it were any larger I would sew the seam and finish the edges seperately.

#7 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

i wore the socks (the pair i was most worried about) on thier first excursion today
and i didnt notice any loosening or tear out

so im happy with how things turned out

i was woried that without somehow rebonding the loose fibers on the edges
that the stitches would just be "pushed out" and the fray made longer

thanx again