CHAPTER 15

TYPES OF FASTENING

Lacings

All supports made with lacing have a Spencer patented arrangement of eyelets.   The narrow panel which holds the eyelets is recessed below the surface of the support, making the lacer inconspicuous under clothing.

Unusually small eyelets are placed close to the edge so that a shorter lacer can be used. This provides adjustment comparable to normal-eyelet and longer-lacer arrangement.

The type of adjustment available for each support is explained under "Description of Supports." There are four different styles of lacings.

FRONT LACE

This style of lacing is best suited for most supports which adjust with a lacer. As the term makes clear, there is a lacing at the front of the support, but no other fastening (see Fig. 195).


Fig. 195

With Front Lace, the client must adjust the lacer every time the support is placed on the figure. This provides daily, efficient control. It is easy to smooth and redistribute the abdominal flesh and to adjust the support on the figure properly.

The support with this style of lacing is made with one Side Steel at back of the eyelets on each side.   Stiff Steels are supplied at these points when "Extra Boning at Lacer, at Front, or Entire Support" is ordered.

FRONT LACE WITH ZIPPER (Extra Charge)


Fig. 196

This type of fastening (see Fig. 196) is available on certain supports (see "Description of Supports").   When ordered, the lacer is placed at centre-front, with the zipper to the left of the lacer.

On Spencerband designed Front Lace with Zipper Fastening, the zipper is located at the side, as shown in Fig. 97.

Note.   The Height at Under-Bust must be one-half inch lower than the Height at Front in a support having Front Lace with Zipper Fastening.   Otherwise, the angle of the top edge of the support would cause the top of the zipper to be located too far from the top edge.   It would not be possible, either, to shape the top of the support properly.

Zippers used in Spencer Supports are rustproof and of high quality.

The addition of a zipper to the front lace support makes it easier to put on and take off.   A short lacer may be used to eliminate some bulk.

Instruct the client to open zipper and loosen lacer before placing support on figure ; close zipper before tightening lacer.   Otherwise the zipper may be damaged under the strain of drawing support together.

FRONT LACE WITH HOOKS AND EYES


Fig. 197

As explained under " Description of Supports,"   Front Lace With Hooks and Eyes (see Fig. 197) is available on certain supports. This style laces in front, with Hooks and Eyes at left side-front. The lacer arrangement is the same as Front Lace.

The Hooks and Eyes Fastening adds some bulk and does not provide as smooth a finish as a zipper. When hooks and eyes are used in conjunction with the lacer, the strain at certain places may be so great that the hooks and eyes will not wear as long as the support.

This fastening is most practical in the Abdominal Supporting Corset and Spencer-All (when made with an abdominal supporting section).   The supporting section takes up the strain through abdominal area and the hooks and eyes make it possible to open the support from top to bottom.

Note. There cannot be more than inch difference between the Height at Under-Bust and the Height at Front in a support having the Front Lace With Hooks and Eyes Fastening.   Otherwise, the angle of the top edge of the support would cause the top hook to be located too far from the top edge.

FRONT LACE WITH CLASP


Fig. 198

This style laces in front, with clasp to the right of the lacer. Two bones which correspond in length, width and stiffness to the two parts of the clasp (see Fig: 198) are placed left of the lacer.

Front clasps come only in length variations of inch, such as 8, 8½, 9, 9½.

Supports made with front clasp have patented fasteners below the clasp. These complete the fastening of the two parts of the clasp sections. These fasteners are small, inconspicuous, light in weight, and easy to fasten and unfasten.

ELASTIC LACER BELOW CLASP

Spencer Technicians recommend a short elastic lacer in the last few eyelets of the lacing space. This provides greater comfort when the client is seated, and reduces the wear on the elastic gores.


Fig. 199

The elastic lacers are threaded as shown in Figure 199.

When adjusting the support on the figure, adjust elastic lacer to be under slight tension. If adjusted so tightly that there is no stretch left, the lacer will break when client sits down.

To order, check space for Short Elastic Lacer (extra charge –see price list).

STRAPS AND SLIDES


Fig. 200

Straps and Slides (see Fig. 200) provide a definite and secure fastening, and permit the desired amount of tension.   Designed with slides recessed below the surface of the support, the Slides are inconspicuous under clothing.

This type of fastening is desirable in orthopædic supports, especially those with Rigid or Stiff Steels.   When ordered for a woman with fastening at centrefront, the support should also be ordered Curve Out Over Groin.

Slide Fastening (Fig. 200) is used for adjustment on the Spensupport, Spencer Spinal Support, Posture Support for Men, Sacroiliac Support for Men and Lumbosacral Support for Men.

On the Spencer Regular and De Luxe Belts, Spencerflex, and on the abdominal supporting sections of the Spencer Abdominal Supporting Corset, the Spencer Maternity Corset, and the SpencerAll the Slide Fastening is similar to that shown in Figure 110.

See "Description of Supports," Chapter 7, page 91, for other supports on which Slide Fastening is available.

When Slide Fastening is supplied, a suitable attached fly is provided without extra charge.

All pelvic binders fasten with Slide Fastening.

PANEL FRONT

A support with a panel front is suitable only for the woman with good posture, firm, flat abdomen, and well-proportioned figure. Any client whose weight changes. frequently or who tends to bloat would not be comfortable in this type of support and needs a support with a lacer.

NO LACING-ZIPPER (Panel Front)
(Extra Charge for Zipper)

This type of fastening is available only on the Spencer Corset and Spencerband (see Fig. 201).


Fig. 201

On the Spencer Corset, the zipper is placed at left side-front over hooks and eyes spaced two inches apart. (See Fig. 201).

On the Spencerband, the zipper is placed on the left side, over a similar hook and eye arrangement, far enough back so it will not rest on prominent hipbones. (See Fig. 97).

This combination of zipper and hooks and eyes provides a very smooth closure.

Instruct the client to step into her support, draw it up an the figure, and fasten the hooks before closing the zipper. The zipper will close more easily and wear longer, if she does this, as the strain will be shared by the hooks and eyes.

NO LACING -HOOKS AND EYES (Panel Front)


Fig. 202

This type of fastening is available only on the Spencer Posture Corset and the Spencerband (see Fig. 202).

On the Spencer Corset, hooks and eyes extend from top to bottom at left side-front. (See Fig. 202).

On the Spencerband, hooks and eyes extend from top to bottom, off-centre at front on left side, to provide a smooth effect.

Because the non-adjustable support permits no margin for error once the support is made, measurements must be absolutely accurate. Accuracy is, of course, necessary for every design of Spencer Support, but is especially emphasized in the measurements for non-adjustable supports.

PANEL FRONT GORE

A triangular elastic gore at bottom of front panel will be supplied upon request (extra charge—see price list) in panel front Spencer Corset designed with zipper or hooks and eyes, and panel front Spencerband designed with zipper.   This gore provides the comfort and freedom of movement provided by the elastic lacer in a laced support.

For the neatest possible construction, when inserting a Panel Front Gore in a Spencer Corset, a special concealed bone panel is supplied. This concealed boning is supplied only on panel front Spencer Corsets when elastic gore at bottom of front panel is requested.

Panel Front Gore cannot be ordered on panel front Spencerband designed No Lacing—Hooks and Eyes, because of the location of the hooks and eyes.

To order, write "Panel Front Gore" under Additional Instructions on the order form.


How to lace supports