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Do you have a shirt with straps that are too long? These instructions will teach you how to reduce the length of your shirt straps using a sewing machine. If at any time you feel confused by the terminology, please refer to iFixit's Sewing Glossary.

Put on the shirt. Pull the strap up until you reach your new desired length. Be sure to take the same amount of fabric from the front and the back of the seam. Pin both straps to the desired length.
  • Put on the shirt.

  • Pull the strap up until you reach your new desired length. Be sure to take the same amount of fabric from the front and the back of the seam.

  • Pin both straps to the desired length.

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Remove the shirt. Be careful of the pins when taking off the shirt.
  • Remove the shirt.

    • Be careful of the pins when taking off the shirt.

  • Measure and take a note of the length. Make sure it is the same on both straps.

    • This length will be the amount your strap that will be removed.

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Remove the pins and flip the shirt inside out. Re-pin both shirt straps. Make sure the pins follow the measurements you just took. Make sure you have a clear line to sew along.
  • Remove the pins and flip the shirt inside out.

  • Re-pin both shirt straps. Make sure the pins follow the measurements you just took.

    • Make sure you have a clear line to sew along.

  • Check and make sure the base of the straps are lined up for a continuous edge on your shirt.

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Thread the sewing machine and set it to your desired stitch length. Refer to your specific sewing machine manual for more guidance. Align the pinned part of the shirt with the needle.
  • Thread the sewing machine and set it to your desired stitch length.

    • Refer to your specific sewing machine manual for more guidance.

  • Align the pinned part of the shirt with the needle.

  • Put down the presser foot.

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Sew along the line mapped out by your pins. Pull out the pins as you sew. Make sure not to sew over any of them.
  • Sew along the line mapped out by your pins.

  • Pull out the pins as you sew. Make sure not to sew over any of them.

    • If you sew over the pins, you may break the needle.

  • Make sure to backstitch at each end of the seam.

  • Repeat this step for each strap.

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Put the shirt back on.
  • Put the shirt back on.

  • Confirm the new length that you chose for the garment.

    • If the straps are too still long or short, carefully rip out your new seam and return to Step 1.

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Cut excess fabric from the new seams, leaving ¼ inch to ½  inch. Iron the seam allowance left after your cut to the back of the shirt. Iron the seam allowance left after your cut to the back of the shirt.
  • Cut excess fabric from the new seams, leaving ¼ inch to ½ inch.

  • Iron the seam allowance left after your cut to the back of the shirt.

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Flip the shirt right side out.
  • Flip the shirt right side out.

  • Make a straight stitch approximately 1/8 inch behind the new shoulder seam on the outside edge.

    • Make sure your new seam properly secures the seam allowance underneath.

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Cut any loose threads on the shirt.
  • Cut any loose threads on the shirt.

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Conclusion

Your shirt straps now should be secured at their new length.

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