To Cover With Braid

Great care and patience must be exercised in covering a hat with straw

braid. The lines which are to be emphasized should be carefully studied,

as there are several methods used in laying the braid on the frames.

The stitch used for sewing braid is always the same--a very short stitch

on the right side, and a stitch one-quarter of an inch long on the wrong

side. The thread must not be pulled too tight, o
the position of the

stitches may be seen; also always match the thread to the straw. Straw

braid may be sewed to a willow, buckram, neteen, or crinoline frame

except when a very soft hat is desired; it may then be sewed and

shaped over a wire or buckram frame, but not on to it, as it is to be

removed from the frame after sewing; or, if the braid is coarse, it may

be sewed to a wire frame which has been previously covered with

crinoline or mull. (See illustration.)

Many hats have a brim faced with straw, while a fabric is used on top.

In this case the braid must be put on first in order that the stitches

may be taken through the brim, which the fabric on top will cover.