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Reader Tip: Make and Bake a Coating to Cover Sharp Underwires

Try a unique, time-saving solution to deal with cut ends on underwires.

Dec 26, 2017
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As a seamstress working with professional cheerleaders’ uniforms, I am always trimming underwires. I have tried a number of techniques for coating the underwires’ cut ends so they don’t damage the fabric or hurt the cheerleader. My last project was under a strict deadline, and I didn’t have time to apply the usual coatings. Then I had a light bulb moment. I thought to use oven-hardened polymer clay, such as Premo, Sculpey, or FIMO. I pinched a piece onto the cut wire end, smoothed it, and baked it for about six minutes. It took a short time to bake because it was such a small piece. I sanded down spots that weren’t as smooth as I liked. The best part was it stayed on the wire. I didn’t have to wait a day for it to cure or spend time dipping and redipping the ends into plastic coating material.

—Rena Pearson, Marietta, Georgia

This reader-submitted tip was featured in Threads #195 (Feb./March 2018).


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  1. user-4998287 January 11th

    And it works for spiral steel boning too!!!

  2. WJ1993 January 4th

    Insane article, thanks for those tips!!

  3. Gerand January 3rd

    Wow amazing!

  4. SandiRemedios January 2nd

    That is brilliant!!!!
    I have problems with underwires, even if they are uncut and precoated!!
    Thank You!!

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