Best Way to Sew Elastic in
Your Finger Cymbals or Zills
Ready to play those
Here's the best method
I've found on fitting your cymbals so they stay on and work
the elastic is the right width: (for double-slot cymbals)
the elastic should fit the slot exactly. Measure the slot
before you purchase the elastic.
cymbals flat on a table. Use colored nail polish to mark
on either both the thumb cymbals OR both the middle-finger
cymbals; and make the marks large enough to see at a
glance (so you can pick them up and put them on quickly).
Let it dry.
piece of elastic at least 2 1/2 inches long, and insert
each end into one of the slots, from the top down, not the
inside out. (When the cymbals are flat on the table, you
should only see a loop of elastic, not the two ends.)
needle and thread ready (I use waxed dental floss); fit
the cymbal onto either the thumb or middle finger,
(according to the way you marked it with the nail polish).
The elastic should be between the edge of your nail and
your first knuckle - pull it tight on the inside, tight
enough so it won't fall off. Hold the ends of the elastic
just at the place where the two ends comes through the
cymbal, and slide it off your finger without letting go.
sewing. You can pull up the slack to make it easier, just
don't lose your place on the elastic where you want to sew
it. Usually, after I get in the first few stitches
across the width, I trim the ends back to about 1/4", and
overhand-stitch the ends together. And I always finish up
with "Fray-chek" or white craft glue on the knot and even
the cut ends of the elastic.
What I NEVER do:
I NEVER sew on
buttons, beads, or use different colored thread to tell which
finger the cymbal is supposed to go on.
WHY? Because I don't want extra stuff (and weight) sewn onto my
cymbals; and nail polish is so much easier to see than
thread when you're quickly putting your cymbals on. Take a tip
from a Pro!
When you have your cymbals
on, they should be tight enough to stay put when you move your
hands/arms around. Since your fingers will probably start
turning blue after a few minutes, don't keep them on over 15
minutes at a time, max.
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