08 February 2011

KS 3850 bustier corset core boning

Just finished sewing the boning into the core of my Kwik Sew bustier done corset style.  I still haven't braved the streets to go pick up a heavy duty pair of wire cutters to clip the heavy duty cable ties that my scissors don't even dent ... I hadn't expected the buggers to be quite so sturdy, even though I did buy the heaviest heavy duty cable ties!  I figured that being plastic, at least one pair of scissors would work on them ... so much for that.  Even my nice kitchen scissors which cut through most bones couldn't leave a mark on them.

Back the core and the boning: here is the pic of where I am at right now:
And for those who are wondering just what kind of cable ties I bought that I need industrial-strength wire cutters just to clip through them:
Rated up to 175 lbs (79.38 kg) ... and they actually mean it!  They are probably also serious about the 185F (85C) temperature rating as well, which means these won't be distorted by mere body heat.  For those looking in the Lowes or Home Depot aisle to buy the same, the brand name is Gardner Bender.  Just be sure to buy heavy duty nippers at the same time ...

On to cutting and sewing the fashion fabrics - lining and outside!

7 comments:

glorm said...

Am wondering how many sewers can list heavy-duty wire cutters as a necessary notion. LOL

dfr2010 said...

Until my kitchen scissors bounced off without leaving even a scratch, I wouldn't have thought it necessary either.

Maggie said...

I'll have to look for some of those zip ties..

Just Barb said...

zip ties are genius for boning! Great idea!

dfr2010 said...

I can't take credit for it: not only is it recommended by the pros at LJ's Merry Corsetier, but maggie did it first and said it worked for her.

Maggie said...

I haven't been using cable ties, I've been using duct strapping! It's not nearly as sturdy as those cable ties of yours, and certainly not with the resistance to heat! Now I'm on the prowl for those cable ties. I've got some, but they cut with scissors and/or wire cutters.

Anonymous said...

This is odd. I had bought those same cable ties (just looked at the package to compare)and pulled out my
Cutco kitchen shears. I cut them with no trouble.
They advertise that you can cut through pennies with these shears, so that may be why.