How to Shorten a Belt [pictorial]

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  1. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    How to Shorten a Belt

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    Most of you probably know how it's done, but you might be interested anyway.


    You need a belt with a screw at the buckle end:

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    This belt even has a screw that you can (un)screw without a screwdriver:

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    The Tools

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    (What's that red thing called in English? In Dutch it has the beautiful
    name 'revolver-pons-tang'.)


    The Procedure

    Put on the belt and see how much you have to shorten it. Most belts
    have five holes; the pin should go in the middle (third) hole. This one
    didn't need much shortening. It's in the fourth hole here:

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    Unscrew:

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    Mark off:

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    Cut:

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    Mark off hole:

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    Time for the revolverponstang (it can be done with a drill, but this
    is more subtle...):

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    Check the size of the hole:

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    And put it back together:

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    Done

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    So if you come across a belt you like, but which is too long: don't worry,
    just shorten it...

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    The End
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

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  3. Cary Grant

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    Nice job.
     


  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    Looks too short. Just kidding! [​IMG]
     


  5. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Looks too short.









































    Just kidding!

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    Worked perfectly... my first thought was 'what an ass'



















    Then I scrolled.
     


  6. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Worked perfectly... my first thought was 'what an ass'



















    Then I scrolled.

















































    Then I lol'd
     


  7. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    what if it doesnt have that screw - none of my belts do... =)
     


  8. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    what if it doesnt have that screw - none of my belts do... =)

    Then you're...um...screwed.
     


  9. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    Nice pictorial - I did this a couple of months ago with a belt that needed to loose a couple of inches, and I was happy at the time to discover how easy it was to do!
     


  10. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    I've never seen a belt with a screw like that in 'merica.
     


  11. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    what if it doesnt have that screw - none of my belts do... =)

    The you need to know how to rivet. Many belts also have snaps so you can change buckles.
     


  12. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    ^ Italian belts sold here have 'em.
    what if it doesnt have that screw - none of my belts do... =)
    It's still possible, just more difficult. Probably best left to a professional. Nice job, NOBD.
     


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  14. ThinkDerm

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    ^ Italian belts sold here have 'em.

    It's still possible, just more difficult. Probably best left to a professional.

    Nice job, NOBD.


    i have numerous italian belts - borrelli, testoni and "made in italy belts" - brooks brothers and the like - all are stitched, none screwed.

    leaving it to a pro is what i'd do, for certain, and I do need to shorten some belts. in NYC - any recs?
     


  15. otc

    otc Senior member

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    what if it doesnt have that screw - none of my belts do... =)

    The belt I am wearing was not screwed but I managed to shorten it [​IMG]

    On mine, the end was folded back over it self and sewed down (with a hole for the tongue) with 4 loops of thread--both sides of the loop on top and bottom.

    I cut those threads, cut off a few inches, used the utility knife to cut a new hole, folded it back over, opened up little holes with an awl and then used approximately as much thread as was originally used to sew it back up.

    Only snags were as follows: somehow I managed to get the hole for the tongue slightly off center. It is not noticable when the belt is on (since the end of the belt covers it). Other snag was that the belt was lined which mad folding it over look bad. To solve this, I actually cut out the back of the part that would be folded over and stripped out the lining (but I own other belts where you could get away without doing this).

    It was a pretty quick job...but I would bet a cobbler could do it much nicer for pretty cheap.
     


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