It became already a tradition for me to post each year my best shoemaking tips and hacks.
In this new video, we say goodbye to 2018, hello 2019, I prepared for you 5 best shoemaking hacks for beginners.
These 5 shoemaking hacks are very simple but so useful and helpful especially for beginners in shoemaking.
So let’s dive in…
1. How to cut leather upper correctly
It is very important to know how to cut leather upper correctly, because if you don’t know you will have problems with your uppers during lasting.
Many beginners in shoemaking even don’t know about this small but very important detail. Yes, every small detail can be very crucial in our shoemaking progress, that’s why I often devote so much of my time to small details in shoemaking.
That's why most of my lessons have duration of more than 90 min and sometimes more, and a total duration of some the courses is about 2700 hours!
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All leather types has different directions of stretchiness: in one direction it stretches more than in the other direction.
That’s why it is very important to cut your leather uppers correctly by choosing the right direction of leather, where it stretches less.
See how to choose the right direction to cut your leather uppers in the video that is at the beginning of this article.
2. How to find the correct back height in every court footwear type
To have comfortable footwear that don’t hurt your feet in the back or doesn’t slide from your heel when you wear them , you must find the back height on the shoe last correctly.
There are different measurements for the back height to create the top line of the footwear.
I use one of them and from my more than 18 years experience, I know that these are the best measurements to have comfortable footwear.
So I want to share my knowledge with each beginner in shoemaking to help you in your craft.
There are certain measurements of the back height that you need to find in each shoe size and if you want to know how to find the correct shoe last size following your feet measurements, read this article: "How to make shoes-Sizing And Fit".
Learn in this shoemaking tutorial how to find the correct back height for every court footwear type.
3. How to make neat & smooth sideline in each footwear type
From the experience of working with thousands of beginners in shoemaking for the lasts 7 years, I know that you don’t pay too much attention to the accuracy of your lines, when drawing the design of your shoes on the masking tape, but you should. And if you want to learn the entire process of making shoes, i welcome you to read this article: "How to make shoes".
If you draw the sideline not accurately, you will have trouble during cutting of leather, during folding that is a part of shoe assembling process, and instead of easy work you will encounter many unnecessary difficulties.
So even if you designed inaccurate, not smooth sideline on the masking tape pattern, you should correct it before you will move on.
In this video you can learn 3 shoemaking hacks on how to fix it.
4. How to design beautiful throat line on the shoe last
I told you many times that there is a certain order to learn shoemaking to achieve best results and get the right progress in shoemaking.
I’ll repeat it again, the first footwear type that you as a beginner in shoemaking must make, is flat ballet shoes.
If you still don’t know why, check this post
When you will start to apply the design of your flat ballets or pumps you should follow one important rule to have beautiful and rounded shape throat line.
5. How to close the seam edges
Not everybody has sewing machine with a function to firm the ends of the seams.
So if you, as many other beginners in shoemaking, don’t have it, now I’ll share with you this shoemaking tip on how to close the seams easy and professionally, and to get more other shoemaking tips, read this article: "How to make shoes- Best Free Shoe Making Tips And Tutorials For Beginners".
It is super important task, because if you wont close the edges of the seams, they will open, for sure.
Learn how to do it in my last shoemaking hack
Thank you all and have a great New Year.
If you are a beginner in shoemaking, I wish you great progress and if you dream of making your shoes but can’t decide…
Stop dreaming and go for it! That's the only way.
If you believe your schedule is incredibly packed and you don't have the time to learn, here's an article that explains the time commitment required to make a pair of shoes at home: "How to make shoes-Time Commitment to make shoes by hand at home"
Now, you can apply this shoemaking techniques right away in your work, so if these shoemaking hacks were super useful for you, please, comment below.