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    Ever since an unfortunate" Wardrobe Malfunction" which occurred on a busy subway station platform my wife has strongly encouraged me to wear suspenders .
    Once I put the damned things on I seldom take them off until bedtime.
    However, When I work in my shop if I am wearing them I find they catch on all sorts of things, especially handles and my progress is often impeded, or even occasionally reversed as I inadvertantly test their elasticity!!!
    Are there any good " Work Arounds" which do not involve removing the suspenders and frequently hitching my trousers back up!
    Belts do not work well, I am rather pear shaped.
    Regards David Powell.

  • #2
    Time to move on to bib overalls?

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    • #3
      David,
      I sympathize.
      I have similar issues, as do all of my co-workers in the shop at work.
      Plumber's crack is so common that it doesn't even rate mentioning.

      My solution was to request mechanics coveralls from the uniform company.
      They work well, although it takes a bit to climb out of them when using the toilet.
      As a bonus, they completely protect my street clothes from destruction.

      Here's an example of my daily wear (and a decent price too!)
      https://www.dickies.com/favorites/lo...xoCd-QQAvD_BwE
      25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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      • #4
        Originally posted by David Powell View Post
        Ever since an unfortunate" Wardrobe Malfunction" which occurred on a busy subway station platform my wife has strongly encouraged me to wear suspenders .
        Pics or it didn't happen!

        -js

        There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

        Location: SF Bay Area

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        • #5
          David, you could wear them under your shirt (or wear an undershirt under them, then a work shirt over top) to prevent catching on things. Or perhaps get someone to sew in some fabric channels in some work shirts that go up and over your shoulders for the suspenders to ride in but will keep them from catching on stuff. Might look a bit odd, but never know it might catch on. I'd rather be comfy and practical, than stylish.

          Originally posted by oxford View Post
          Time to move on to bib overalls?
          I was wearing some insulated overalls today while working outside and love them for working in. Very comfortable. I need to pick up a new pair of non insulated ones though as my old pair seems to have shrunk quite a bit since the last time I wore them....I always found them much more comfy to work in than jeans and a belt for outside and shop work.

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          • #6
            I also have similar problems. So far I have resisted suspenders. I do tighten my belt more than I probably should.

            Another thing I do is insist that any pants that I buy have some kind of rubber type band or inserts on the inside of the waste, under where the belt sits. They help to prevent the pant waste from sliding down. I usually have to pay a bit more for this, but they also tend to have other features that I like: deeper pockets, better fabric, wider belt hoops for my better belts, etc.

            I recently made a purchase of new pants from Amazon. I tried the local stores but gave up due to no effort on their part to sort the pants by features, much less size. And they wonder why everyone shops on-line. Amazon has a "try before buy" option. They shipped the new pants with a return UPS label. I tried one pair and it was too large, but had all the other features I wanted. I returned that one but ordered three more in different colors.
            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
            You will find that it has discrete steps.

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            • #7
              I think Dan has the right idea. I've wore suspenders ever since my belly got bigger than my hip bones (which happened quite a few years ago). Wearing a sweatshirt over them provides lots of protection from all of the things that would otherwise snag them.----Brian
              Brian Rupnow
              Design engineer
              Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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              • #8
                Hi David,

                Here are the type you need to get... They are often called trucker suspenders or side clip suspenders. Either way they are not in the front and can't get caught as easly... I ware them and they work great.. Comfortable too...!
                The other would be to get a full apron that will protect the front from all things machining.


                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rs7b_VMs8M


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                TX
                Mr fixit for the family
                Chris
                Last edited by Mr Fixit; 11-12-2021, 09:27 PM.

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                • #9
                  You need side suspenders. Here’s an example:

                  https://www.duluthtrading.com/mens-t...RoCmTkQAvD_BwE

                  When I get Time... I'll...

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                  • #10
                    Coveralls sure do keep swarf out of your pockets (and handkerchief). And the dirt comes off when the coveralls do.
                    CNC machines only go through the motions

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                    • #11
                      When I saw the OP heading I wondered what was going on but then I realised it was another of those variances from across the pond.
                      In UK, USA suspenders are called braces.
                      I have tools I don't know how to use!!

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                      • #12
                        I have a similar problem although I've lost about 20 pounds since I was diagnosed with cancer last year around this time and I lost my appetite. I was wearing size 42 and 44 pants and now 40 is about right and I probably should not have given away all my size 38 pants. My belt is in the last notch and the pants still seem to ride down over my hips. I have thought about putting some button holes in my jeans and corresponding buttons on the bottom of my shirts. That should keep my shirts tucked in and my pants might also stay up.Maybe I'll stop in the local Pennsylvania Dutch store - they should have a good supply of suspenders.

                        This place has suspenders for $6 plus $3 shipping.

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                        Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                        USA Maryland 21030

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by oxford View Post
                          Time to move on to bib overalls?
                          There's the answer.

                          JL...............

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mr Fixit View Post
                            Hi David,

                            Here are the type you need to get... They are often called trucker suspenders or side clip suspenders. Either way they are not in the front and can't get caught as easly... I ware them and they work great.. Comfortable too...!
                            The other would be to get a full apron that will protect the front from all things machining.


                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rs7b_VMs8M


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                            TX
                            Mr fixit for the family
                            Chris
                            That's a nice looking apron, looks to be suede and no tie string in the front.

                            I've never worn suspenders but I do find that my shop apron tie string tends to snag on things like the hand wheel of my cross slide and a few other things occasionally, so to help eliminate the catch hazard I wrap the bow around the string a few times.

                            JL....................
                            Last edited by JoeLee; 11-13-2021, 08:27 AM.

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                            • #15
                              [QUOTE=nickel-city-fab;n1969875]David, I sympathize. I have similar issues, as do all of my co-workers in the shop at work.
                              Plumber's crack is so common that it doesn't even rate mentioning.

                              Derailing the thread for a minute, plumbers crack always brings back a memory. There was a fat shop guy at a company I worked at that would gross everyone out with his substantial crack exposure. The enterprising shop guys found a cure after the supervisor gave ol tubby several warnings.

                              They kept a few coins in the freezer. When the girth king would be sporting an exceptional crack they'd grab a frozen coin with a needle nose pliers and deposit it in the convenient coin slot.
                              Which of course provided great entertainment value watching chubbs dance whilst trying to get it out. He started wearing bibs and eventually lost about 100 pounds whereas he switched back to normal jeans.

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