Alternative Bridle Bit Method

If you don’t like hand sewing this method of elastic ‘bit’ construction minimises the need for a needle and thread. Machine Zigzag stitch is used instead of Whip Stitch as described in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF.

Below is a portion of the PDF page showing the Whip Stitch

Step from PDF Page shown in Alternative Bridle Bit Method Blog Post

Portion of PDF Page showing Whip Stitch

The “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF shows the folded Elastic being sewn entirely by hand. However, there is another Method that combines Machine Zigzag and a small amount of hand sewing.

Before following the Steps below please study this image so you don’t have an Oospy and have to redo the whole thing!

The Right & Wrong positon for the Reins in Alternative Bridle Bit Method Blog Post

NB The Right & Wrong position for the Elastic ‘Bit’!

 

Step 1: Thread the ends of the Elastic though the D Rings making sure that the Reins are in the correct position and that nothing is twisted. Pin the ends together.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 1

Thread Elastic through D Rings then pin

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 1 ZOOM

 

Step 2: Stitch the Elastic together ¼ inch/5mm from the cut ends.

Note: Stitching has been highlighted with red for clarity

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 2

Use chosen seam allowance

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 2 ZOOM

 

Step 3: Mark the centre of the Elastic with a Pin.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 3

Pin marking centre

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 3 ZOOM

 

Step 4: If possible open out the seam allowances so they lay flat. Match the centre Pin with the seam position and Pin to secure. Add another Pin through both layers of Elastic on one side.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 4

Match centre Pin to seam position

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 4 ZOOM

 

Step 5: Being very conscious of the Needle position in relation to the D Ring, use a Zipper Foot and a Zigzag stitch to sew both layers of Elastic together on one side. Don’t cut the Machine Threads off as they will be put to use in the next step!

Note: Stitching has been highlighted with red for clarity

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 5

Zigzag the layers of Elastic together

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 5 ZOOM

 

Step 6: Draw the lower Machine thread to the upper side and thread both onto a hand sewing Needle. Using small stitches join the layers together so the Elastic fits tightly against the metal D Ring.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 6

Make small tight hand stitches

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 6 ZOOM

 

Step 7: Pass the threaded Needle between the layers to the other long side of the Elastic. Repeat the procedure using small stitches to join the layers together so the Elastic fits tightly against the metal D Ring and cut off the excess thread.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 7

Repeat using small tight hand stitches

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 7 ZOOM

 

Step 8: Pin through both layers of Elastic on the other side.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 8

Pin the layers together

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 8 ZOOM.

 

Step 9: Being very conscious of the Needle position in relation to the D Ring, use a Zipper Foot and a Zigzag stitch to sew both layers of Elastic together on this side.

Note: Stitching has been highlighted with red for clarity

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 9

Zigzag the layers of Elastic together

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 9 ZOOM

 

Step 10: Using the same method as described in Step 6 & 7 hide the end of seam threads & cut off the excess thread.

 

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 10

Hide and remove remaining threads

Alternative Bridle Bit Method Step 10 ZOOM

Personal choice will dictate whether you choose to use this Machine sewn method or use the Hand sewn the Method described in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF.

When selecting Twill Tape or alternative supplies to create your Hobby Horse Bridle it should be noted that not all materials behave the same. Some don’t stretch much and others stretch a lot. This can cause fit issues especially when combined with the fact that the Fabric chosen for your Hobby Horse may also stretch more or less width ways and lengthwise.

Watch my Video to…..Learn how to custom fit a Bridle to your “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse or Spoonflower Cut n Sew Faux Suede Horse. Understand why size differences can occur depending on the fabric and materials chosen. Make small corrections for a perfectly fitting Bride so your Hobby Horse is ready for play or display!

Thanks a Bunch for Reading & please feel free to add a comment or ask a question!

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