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Unread 12-05-2016, 06:22 AM   #1
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Sewing into Boots?

Hello! I'm working on a cosplay that requires fold-over boots, but I can't find the right looking boots that are fold-over at the top. So I was wondering if there's a way to sew into store-bought leather boots or if that would be too tough? I'd even be down to handsew it if it's possible!

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Unread 12-05-2016, 08:31 AM   #2
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While you didn't say whether the boots or the tops you intend to add are leather, my instructions are written that way because as they are boots they are still going to be thicker/ tougher materials.

Hand sewing is really your only option unless you have a friend with an industrial quality machine.
You'll need an awl to make holes first, waxed thread, and probably a block of wood to put in the boot to make the holes before sewing as boots are round and not a flat piece of leather/ material.

Outside of that, it's just hard manual labor. A lot of people who sew leather use needle nosed pliers to push the needle through & pull it out instead of finger strength.
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^Whst she said. I can punch through boot material with upholstery thread, a thick needle and a metal thimble, occasionally pliers, and while it works, it is REALLY tough going on the fingers. You'll have sore hands your first several times and it's time consuming, and very hard to marathon, so make sure you allot enough time to finish. Something like 20 minutes a day for a week versus "Oh, I'll just do these all in one day".
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While you didn't say whether the boots or the tops you intend to add are leather, my instructions are written that way because as they are boots they are still going to be thicker/ tougher materials.

Hand sewing is really your only option unless you have a friend with an industrial quality machine.
You'll need an awl to make holes first, waxed thread, and probably a block of wood to put in the boot to make the holes before sewing as boots are round and not a flat piece of leather/ material.

Outside of that, it's just hard manual labor. A lot of people who sew leather use needle nosed pliers to push the needle through & pull it out instead of finger strength.
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^Whst she said. I can punch through boot material with upholstery thread, a thick needle and a metal thimble, occasionally pliers, and while it works, it is REALLY tough going on the fingers. You'll have sore hands your first several times and it's time consuming, and very hard to marathon, so make sure you allot enough time to finish. Something like 20 minutes a day for a week versus "Oh, I'll just do these all in one day".
Thanks!! I'll have enough time to do it, and yeah the fabric will be the same as the boot. Probably. We'll see! Thanks though! I wanted to know if it was do-able and both of you even gave tips and instructions so thank you very much!
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Unread 12-07-2016, 10:54 PM   #5
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I would glue on tops rather than sew. If you use a good contact cement, like Barge or Shoe Goo, it's not going to come off. Glue to the inner rim of the boot.
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