Are you creating overalls and aren’t sure how to add the buckles on your straps? Let’s get started. There are three parts to using this type of fastener. You should have a slide buckle, the overall buckle and the button with tack. Just a note, I had to buy the slide buckles separate from the overall buckle and button. In addition to your sewing machine and pins, you’ll also need a hammer for installing the buttons. Check the package for the recommended width of the finished strap. My package says for 1” straps. Use this information to make your straps accordingly. I’m cutting out my straps 2” wide to account for a ½” hem allowance on each side. The length of your strap can be more flexible because we’re making it adjustable and it also depends on your overall pattern. I would make the straps at least ten inches longer than the exact measurement over your shoulder.
You can also cut down the strap if you need to later. First I’m going to hem on each of the long sides of my straps. On each side, I’ll fold ¼” and then another ¼” making my finished strap width 1”. Pin the hem into place. At your sewing machine, stitch along the bottom edge of the hem using a straight stitch. Don’t forget to backstitch at the ends. One end of each strap will get sewn to the top of the back of your overalls. Consult your pattern directions on how to do this. I’ll be sewing mine with a ⅝” seam allowance and then top stitching. Now it’s time to add our fasteners. With the strap right side up, slip on the slide buckle. The strap should go over the center bar. Next you’ll be putting on the overall buckle. The strap should still be right side up, with it going over the center two bars and around to the back. Flip the strap to the wrong side and slip the end under the center bar of the slide buckle.
Make sure to pull the fabric past the buckle a few inches to make it easier to work with. Here is what it looks like so far. Try on the overalls and if you think the strap is to long, cut the strap shorter. Turn the end of the strap under ¼” and then another ¼” to the wrong side and pin. At your sewing machine, sew the end hem with a straight stitch. This hem will prevent the strap from slipping completely out of the slide buckle. Your pattern should have a mark on the overalls for where to add the button. Push the tack from the wrong side to the right side at your button placement mark so it goes through your fabric. Put the button cap on the tack then flip over to the wrong side.
Hit the tack with the hammer to secure the tack inside the button cap. And now your straps have a buckle and button. Don’t forget you can adjust the length of your strap and the slide buckle will hold the excess strap in place.
Cutting & Sewing
Blind Industries and Services of Mary land Cutting and Sewing American-made with a Purpose. BISM is proud to serve the United States military while fulfilling our mission of creating opportunities and careers for blind men and women. Over the next couple of minutes we will walk you through BISM’s process of manufacturing uniforms for the United States military. We begin by working with a variety of government approved fabric suppliers to purchase the materials needed to fulfill our customers’ uniform requirements. BISM’s cutting divisions are located in Baltimore, Raleigh, and Salisbury.
The majority of our fabric falls into one of two categories: the shell or the lining of uniform jackets. Blind and sighted associates work together to keep the cutting operations running at maximum efficiency. BISM’s facilities utilize multiple spreading and cutting machines that are enabled with the Opti Plan system to ensure minimal fabric is wasted. Once the pieces are cut, they are bundled by type and sent to the various BISM sewing operations in Baltimore, Cumberland, Raleigh, and Salisbury. All embroidery like the US Army logo is completed in our Salisbury location prior to being shipped. Each line is Salisbury and Raleigh produces parts of the jacket: front, back, sleeves, and collars.
Pockets, bands, and hemming are included during this process. Baltimore produces all of the jacket linings that are needed. Teamwork plays a critical role in ensuring our products are delivered in a timely manner across all of our cutting and sewing facilities. Once the various parts are assembled they are boxed up and sent to our Baltimore, Cumberland, Raleigh, and Salisbury facilities for the final assembly process. During the final assembly, additional details are added such as zippers, buttons, and drawstrings. Some examples of our finished products are the Army Physical Fitness Uniform, the Army Combat Uniform, the Generation 3Cold-Weather Jacket, and other assorted garments.
Once the uniforms pass final inspection, they are packaged and shipped to the federal government for distribution to the brave men and women who serve our country. BISM’s hard-working associates produce over a half a million garments and textile products per year.