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01/03/2023

The JustGloves Relacing Kit Guide

The JustGloves Relacing Kit Guide

One of the most elusive skills in the baseball glove market is the ability to repair and replace laces on a baseball or softball glove. And there is definitely a need for parents, players and coaches to develop this skill. Too often, JustGloves hears a customer express that their glove has a busted lace and that they feel like their only option is to purchase a brand new glove. But with the correct tools and information, anyone can take a fastpitch or baseball glove with a busted lace (or laces) and make it a perfectly functional again.

If you have a glove with broken laces or you just want to replace the laces on your brand new glove, then step one in your journey is purchasing the JustGloves Glove Relacing Kit. With this kit you'll have all of the tools needed to update your glove's lace or laces. And as you keep reading, we will provide you with the knowledge to get your glove's laces replaced or repaired as needed!

 

Buy A JustGloves Relacing Kit

 

Contents of the JustGloves Glove Relacing Kit


Laces - You'll receive four 72 inch strands of lace within your relacing kit. There will be two laces with 1/4 inch thickness and two with 3/16 inch thickness. The laces will obviously be used to go in the glove and hold the glove together.

 

Tape Measure - Depending upon the section of your glove that is having its lace replaced, you will need to cut your lace strands so that you have the correct length for each section (and waste as little as possible). The tape measure will allow you to make these correct measurements.

 


Pliers - The pliers will be used to pull out the original or busted laces of your glove. There will be times where an individual will have to muscle up and really pull hard on laces to get them out of a glove's lace holes. These pliers will help you do just that. As well, the pliers have cutters on them to help with snipping the lace strands after you have measured the correct lengths to be used on your glove.



Lacing Needle - The lacing needle is by far the coolest piece of the kit as it helps immensely when trying to put new lace into a glove. You simply snip an angle into the end of a lace strand  and then screw the snipped lace end into the threaded base of the needle. With a needle, pulling lace through the lace holes of a glove is as easy possible and also helps you waste as little lace as possible.

 

Ideal Gloves to Relace with this Kit

This kit will be excellent for fixing a few specific types of gloves that we carry at JustGloves. It will work best for fixing gloves that meet the following criteria:

  • 12 inches in length or shorter featuring the following webs...
    • I-Web
    • H-Web
    • Single Post Web
    • Fully Closed (Basket or Two-Piece Closed)

Click the link here to find a list of over 200 gloves that we carry which would be ideal candidates for the JustGloves Glove Relacing Kit.

However, we would NOT recommend using this kit for gloves or mitts that meet any of the below criteria:

  • Catchers Mitts
  • First Base Mitts
  • Outfielder Mitts (over 12 inches)
  • Any glove with the following webs...
      • Modified T
      • Trapeze (Six Finger)

     

Getting Started on Relacing a Glove

When you are getting prepared to begin relacing your glove, there are a few things to consider and preparations to make. We'll address them below...

  1. Remove The Lace From The Glove

    Consider taking film of the lace removal. You can use your phone's camera to film yourself removing the lace from the glove. This film is very helpful because you can technically  follow the inverse order of how you removed the lace to put the new lace into the glove.

  2. Know Sections of the Glove -PLUS- the Thickness & Lengths of Lace Needed...

    Webbing

    - Thickness Of Lace: 1/4 Inch
    - Length Of Lace: Varies. Some webs will require only one piece of lace. Others will require two pieces. If mutiple pieces are needed. Start with an entire piece of 72 inch lace. Use as much as needed for the first section of the web and use the remaining amount for the next section web.

    NOTE - Example shown below is an I-Web, but web styles can vary.




    Fingers PLUS Web Spiral

    - Thickness Of Lace: 1/4 Inch
    - Length Of Lace: 52-54 Inches (Should provide excess if you like to have extra lace on the tip of pinky and thumb)



    Palm

    - Thickness Of Lace: 3/16 Inch
    - Length Of Lace: 27 inches



    Hand Opening

    - Thickness Of Lace: 3/16 Inch
    - Length Of Lace: 35-37 Inches



    Pinky & Thumb

    - Thickness Of Lace: 3/16 Inch
    - Length Of Lace: 21 Inches (Should provide excess if you like to have extra lace coming off the pinky and thumb)



  3. Know The Order to Follow For Relacing

    If doing a total relace of a glove, our recommendation would be to remove all of the lace from a glove (remember to film!) before starting to add new lace to the glove. This gives the glove the most pliability when adding lace back into it. Once all the lace is removed we would recommend relacing the specific glove sections in the following order...

    1) - Webbing

    2) - Fingers PLUS Web Spiral

    3) - Palm

    4) - Hand Opening

    5) - Pinky & Thumb

Resources To Use During A Relace

  • Dirty 30's Leather & Lace
      • This guy is a true blessing to the baseball glove DIY'ers out there. His instruction is second to none as he goes through his tutorials slowly while providing assistance visually and audibly.  He has close to 30 videos uploaded to YouTube that provide instruction on how to relace many different sections of gloves. Visit his How-To section on his YouTube page and you should be able to find a video dedicated to each part of a glove that you may be trying to fix. Check out his instruction below on how to relace an H-Web:

  • Durham Glove Repair
      • This individual is a YouTuber just like Dirty 30 mentioned above. Durham Glove Repair is going to provide visual instruction on how to relace gloves. And where Dirty 30's instruction can be a little more general regarding patterns of gloves, Durham Glove Repair will provide tutorials for specific patterns from different manufacturers (i.e. Rawlings Heart of the Hide 31 Pattern, Wilson A2000 1786, etc...). However, his videos will move much more quickly than Dirty 30's and won't provide as much audible help.

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We hope that we helped you get going on your glove relacing project! If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team of Glove Experts. They can be reached on phone at 866-321-2287, via email at experts@justgloves.com or by LIVE CHATTING right here! Remember that JustGloves is always working to be experts on gloves and we'll be here for you from Click To Catch!

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