Tutorial: Decorative Bar Tack


This is a mini pictorial tutorial on the decorative bar tack.

We make all our bespoke shoes with this type of hand-stitching. It serves the same function as a regular bar tack but takes longer to finish. Tiny details can make a big difference and this adds a very intimate detail to shoes, at least for me.


Thread, Curved Needles, Awl


Pre-punch with sewing machine and widen slightly with awl (from the lining side)


I thread mine through roughly 8 times


Making the first loop (If i'm not wrong this is the same as a buttonhole stitch)


Placing each stitch right next to each other


Halfway through


Finish by tying ends behind the tongue (Pardon the poor lining pattern)


Finished

Another finished bartack 


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