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Why darn your pointe shoes?
Many dancers feel darning the platform with a chain stitch allows:
More contact with the floor.
More stability from having a larger platform area.
Less slipping due to the mercerized thread.
Many dancers use darning as a means to customize their shoes:
Using ladder stitch to reduce the side satin.
Using the thread to sew up a vamp that is too low.
Below are examples of the two most popular stitches for darning shoes.