How To Replace Elastics In Candies Shells

How To Replace Elastics In Candies Shells

The elastics in Candies shells can be the first place to show signs of wear and tear. So if you’ve had your shells for some time and the elastics have gone slack, don’t despair or throw them out! It is possible (and best of all, not too difficult) to put new elastics in your Candies shells so you can get plenty more use out of them.

Keeping reading for all the details on what you need and how to go about this. If you’d like to see the basics, skip to the end of the blog to see our video.

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Stitch unpicker
  • 6mm wide braided elastic – cut to about 12cm in length for each of the legs, 10cm for the back and 5cm for the front
  • Pins

How to do it:

  1. To get inside the shell, unpick the stitches along the seam of one of the back wings (i.e. at the end of where the rows of snaps run along). Open it up as much as you need to be able to turn the whole shell inside out.
  2. Once inside the shell, you’ll also need to unpick about 3-4cm at each end of the seam where the elastic is sewn (you won’t be able to see the elastic when you first turn the shell inside out, it’s not until you unpick this stitching that the elastic will be visible). You can also unpick this stitching from the suede cloth side of the shell before you turn it inside out – I find the stitches easiest to find and unpick from here.
  3. Cut off the old elastic close to where it is stitched in place. Attach this end of the old elastic to one end of the new elastic with a pin. This is an important step as it makes it nice and easy to pull the new elastic through the casing without it getting lost in the middle somewhere – if that happens it’s then really hard to find it and pull it through!
  4. Unpick the piece of old elastic still attached to the shell and make a pen mark where it was sewn.
  5. Pull the elastic through from the end that is still sewn down. It’s useful to put a pin at the end of the new elastic so it doesn’t also end up being pulled inside the seam.
  6. Stitch the new piece of elastic in place where you made the pen mark. I use a straight stitch, going backwards and forwards three or four times to make sure it’s well secured.
  7. Unpick the other end of the old elastic and stitch the new piece in place.
  8. Repeat for all the elastics that need replacing.
  9. Turn the shell right side out and re-stitch all the seams that you’ve unpicked.
  10. All done!

 


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