How to remove plastic boning and add metal boning to corsets. (Instructions)

How to remove plastic boning and add metal boning to corsets. (Instructions)

js250 js250
After being asked a couple of times in my reviews, I had a member suggest a ho-to in the forums. So, here goes!!

With a small pair of sewing scissors, remove the seam from the bottom of the boning. You will have to remove one that sews the boning hem up and the one off the boning 'tube'. The tube is the material sheath. You may also slit the material at the bottom of the boning tube if you do not want to do as much sewing on the finish-up.

Pull the plastic boning out and thread your metal boning in. Threading can be a bit tricky, you need infinite patience. When you have the metal boning threaded to the top, adjust the length using tin snips if needed.

Re-sew the bottom of the tube, fold hem back up and make sure you use small, even stitches and go over the hem. Make sure you sew over and re-set the prior stitches that were cut on the garment so they do not unravel later. If you get one that looks a bit off, add a pretty to the outside; button, bow, pearl or other nice and complimentary item-do this to the contrasting one (on the other side) to match. If you just slit the tube, re-sew it with small and even stitches, tie off snugly and you are ready to go. You do need to re-check your stitches occasionally to make sure they are secure, wire or metal is a bit harsher on the material than plastic.

Good luck, this is what works best for me. I slit the tube on non-reversible corsets and slit the dual hems on reversible ones.
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Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
After being asked a couple of times in my reviews, I had a member suggest a ho-to in the forums. So, here goes!!

With a small pair of sewing scissors, remove the seam from the bottom of the boning. You will have to remove one that sews the ...
Thanks for the turorial! You explained it much better than I ever have.
This is a great way of getting the firmer support you crave with the style of corset you prefer.

To soften the edges of the metal bone you can add a very small bit of fiber fill (the poly fill product used to stuff animal toys)or a very small square of fabric softener sheet (I use ones that are used for this). It doesn't take much and it won't wad up but it will keep the sharp edge of the bone from slicing through your stitch. Just place it carefully over the edge and sew as normal.
Alternatively, you can use metallic thread or thread rated to be used with metal boning just to be sure it won't unravel.
04/01/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Thanks for the turorial! You explained it much better than I ever have.
This is a great way of getting the firmer support you crave with the style of corset you prefer.

To soften the edges of the metal bone you can add a very small bit of ...
Thank you so much for adding to this!! Great ideas, I just started re-boning my corsets a few months ago so all hints are very welcome!!
04/01/2012
Gracie Gracie
Do you get metal boning at the fabric store, or at a craft store? How does it come? I might try this. Thanks for the idea!
04/01/2012
js250 js250
Here is a link to the place I order my supplies:

link

You may also Google "corset boning supplies". This will bring up a list of suppliers for corset pieces.
04/01/2012
Illusional Illusional
Thaaaat sounds complicated
Lol, can I just pay you to fix one? LOL
04/01/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Sounds like a bit of a pain in the butt but I could see it being totally worth it if you happen to love the style and look of several plastic boned corsets but need the extra support.
Thank you for the tutorial! <3
04/01/2012
Gracie Gracie
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
Here is a link to the place I order my supplies:

link

You may also Google "corset boning supplies". This will bring up a list of suppliers for corset pieces.
What a cool place! So have you ever made any of your own lingerie? Thanks for sharing!!! This is exciting enough that I am actually cosidering taking my sewing machine in for a tune up!
04/01/2012
indiglo indiglo
Great info! I'm going to bookmark this thread, and maybe even use it in future reviews. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this up!
04/01/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Gracie
What a cool place! So have you ever made any of your own lingerie? Thanks for sharing!!! This is exciting enough that I am actually cosidering taking my sewing machine in for a tune up!
OMG! No, I cannot sew, other than small jobs and embroidery.cross-stitc hing. Glad you like the tutorial and my supplier!!
04/01/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
Thaaaat sounds complicated
Lol, can I just pay you to fix one? LOL
Sure!! LOL! It is actually pretty easy.
04/01/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
After being asked a couple of times in my reviews, I had a member suggest a ho-to in the forums. So, here goes!!

With a small pair of sewing scissors, remove the seam from the bottom of the boning. You will have to remove one that sews the ...
You are so awesome! I am marking this so I will be able to come back to it
04/01/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Glad to see this forum!
04/02/2012
Beck Beck
I saw this last night. Great job Js250!
04/02/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Oh man! What a great idea! I hate plastic boning in corsets. It just doesn't shape correctly. Ugh. I never thought of replacing the boning.
04/02/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Geogeo
Glad to see this forum!
Hey, it was partly your idea!!
04/02/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
I saw this last night. Great job Js250!
Thank you so much!! I had a lot of people asking me how I did this and a couple suggested a tutorial in the forum...so I did!
04/02/2012
pinkpottergirl pinkpottergirl
Great Idea!
04/07/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Fantastic job. I saw in your reviews where people have asked. I can't sew at all so I wouldn't be capable of doing this. I'd need inches taken away from the bust to make a corset "perfect" for me.
04/07/2012
Glinteye Glinteye
So glad I found this forum!
04/10/2012
Tao of Tantra Tao of Tantra
Women never cease to amaze me. I had no idea corset boning was a dilemma. What exactly is the difference?
04/10/2012
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