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How to Sew Spaghetti Straps

WHAT IS IT?

Spaghetti, or shoestring, straps are narrow straps made of fabric. The straps are made by sewing a tube, then turning the fabric right side out. The seam allowances fill up the tube to make a slightly rounded strap. For flatter straps, trim the seam allowance before turning or sew the straps slightly wider.

Spaghetti straps on Saltspring Dress

Spaghetti straps on Saltspring Dress

Tied spaghetti straps

Tied spaghetti straps

Double spaghetti straps

Double spaghetti straps

WHEN DO YOU USE IT?

Lingerie, dresses, sundresses and camisoles are all common places to use spaghetti straps. If you want to add a little support to a strapless dress, spaghetti straps are easy to add and look delicate and dressy. They can be tricky to turn right side out. I recommend using a loop turner, an inexpensive tool, to help turn your straps easily.

Tips + Notes

  • Cut your strap pieces a little longer than necessary in case the ends get worn and frayed while turning.
  • As you start to sew the strap seam, hold on to the thread tails and gently pull them to keep the edge of your fabric from getting sucked into the machine.
  • When using a loop turner, it’s important to keep tension on the strap as you turn it, otherwise the clasp will open up. You may be able to clip the clasp into the end, but if not, you’ll have to start again. Don’t let go of the turner; instead, pull it in one motion. Sometimes I loop the turner around my toe, so I can use both hands to get the strap going.

HOW TO SEW SPAGHETTI STRAPS

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (1)

If the strap pieces are not included or if you want to change regular straps to spaghetti straps, cut the strap pieces 1″ (2.5cm) wide by the length from the front to the back bodice plus 2″–4″ (5.1cm –10.1cm) of extra length for adjustments. When in doubt, cut the straps longer than necessary, as you can always shorten them.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (2)

Fold the strap in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew with ¼” (6mm) seam allowances. To make it easier to turn the loop, start by sewing a 1⁄8″ (3mm) seam allowance at the edge of the strap and taper in toward the fold until you reach the ¼” (6mm) mark. For delicate fabrics, or to add extra strength, sew a second row of stitching on top of the seam.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (3)

Insert the loop turner all the way through the strap, until the clasp is showing. Poke the hook of the loop turner through the edge of your strap fabric.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (4)

Close the lever, and with one hand on the strap and one hand on the circle-shaped end of the turner, pull the turner to turn the strap. It can be a little tricky to start turning the loop. Use your fingernails to slide the fabric toward the turning point and, at the same time, gently pull the turner.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (5)

For long straps, you can remove the loop turner and turn the loop with your hands as soon as the turned edge appears through the turned loop. Hold the turned edge, and slide the fullness down toward the turning point. Work slowly and avoid letting it get too bunched up or it won’t turn.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (6)

As an alternative, use a safety pin to turn the strap. Pin through one end of the strap, turn the safety pin into the strap and use your hands to work it through the tunnel.

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps (7)

Press the strap. To keep the rounded look, steam it lightly without pressing on the surface. To flatten the straps, press flat with the iron.

Tips + Notes

  • If you’re adding your own straps to a pattern, cut, sew and turn a small length of the strap to check that you’re happy with the finished width. The straps end up quite a lot narrower than the pattern piece, which may be hard to visualize.
  • Sew multiple spaghetti straps to your dresses! Try two straps set farther apart that come together at the shoulder. Try braiding three straps together. Sew two separate straps to the front and back, and tie them in a bow over the shoulder. Sew several straps and cross them at the back for a pretty detail.

Source : The Sewtionary An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques + Definitions
About the Author : Tasia ST. Germaine