Sometimes it’s fun to settle in with a needle and thread and spend some time lovingly sewing elastics to ballet slippers.
And other times it’s nice to just sew the elastics by machine and get the damned things done already.
Here’s how to get the damned things done already:
First, un-box your new shoes
Ok so in this case there are two elastics, one end sewn on, one end just flyin’ free.
Put your feet in the shoes.
Wrap the elastics over your foot so they cross over each other, pin in place. Careful. Don’t stab yourself. Point, flex, walk around, make sure they feel good, not too tight. Mine felt best a little forward of the seam.
Now, go look at your sewing machine. Is it threaded in an appropriate color? If not, change the color. Do not be trifling. It may be tempting to sew your pink shoes in whatever-the-hell color is already on the machine, but it’s Not Right and you know it.
Gentle Reader, I’m going to liberate you right now to Throw Away the little left over elastic scraps. Seriously. They are too small. You can’t do anything with them. I do not want to see you on Hoarders.
Try them on, pull the cord elastic so it’s snug but not tight, tie in a square knot, trim and throw away excess cord elastic.
At this juncture, turn your shoe inside out. You have two choices here: hand sew the elastic inside, or tape them. I taped. I used that white, fabric-like medical tape. The kind I keep in the little bag with my pointe shoes. Ah pointe shoes. Sigh. How I miss you.