- May 13, 2013
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I have stitched mine. I am no expert but I first make sure that the new band is where I want it and then I go from inside though the band with the matched color thread and then pass it back through as close as I can through the same spot so as to have the least "footprint" on the band and then snug the thread just a little and knot it. I do this in 4 places off to either side of front and back. I think the expert hatters can do this and only catch the back of ribbon so it is invisible. My handiwork is hardly noticeable and much better than the Stetson hats I have seen in the last few years. I place hats on the crown upside down and if not sewn they can and do often fall off. I have replaced a few sweatbands and had to re-do my sewing a couple of times on each I did to get the hang of it and the ribbons were sewn back on I was happy with the sweatband attachment. I like challenges and did some saddle repairs and have sewn on buttons so I figured hats were not more than I could do.Those of you that have changed your bands, are you leaving them loose on the hat after the change or are you throwing a few stitches on it to hold it in place?