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Metal Skirt/Pant Hook & Eyes - 4 Sets
Brand: Wawak Sewing®
Item #: PHE1
Sold as: 4 Sets/Pack
- Used to fasten pants or skirts right above the zipper
- Sewn in with the pre-drilled holes
- 4 sets per package
- Available in a variety of colors
Hooks and eyes have the advantage over snaps, in that they can be used not only with overlapping edges, but also with abutting fabric edges. Snaps can only be used with edges that overlap. A snap is more likely to pop open under pressure, however hooks to tend to unfasten easier when jostled in different directions. Where do you place your hooks? Generally, hooks are sewn about 1/8″ from the edge of your garment, on the underside of the fabric. If you’re not overlapping the edges, eyes will likewise go on the underside, about 1/8″ from the edge—far enough that neither hook nor eye will show when the closure is pulled taut. If you are overlapping the edges, you’ll place your bars on the outer side of the fabric. Their position is not crucial and they can be moved, if necessary, for a good fit.
Mark your garment with a chalk pencil or fabric pen to ensure accurate placement. (It’s a good idea to test your fabric first, to be sure the marks will come off.) Select a hand needle that’s sturdy enough to pass through all the layers of fabric, but small enough to easily fit through the hook’s holes. Thread your needle and knot the ends together, then wax the thread to strengthen it. When you begin, either “pop” the knot, so it’s hidden between two layers of fabric, or start on the wrong side of the fabric, so the knot isn’t seen. Take two or three stitches across the metal loops, just to anchor the hook or eye in place. Using small buttonhole stitches, sew the loops to the fabric. Using buttonhole stitches takes slightly longer than simply sewing over the metal loop, but it provides a neat, professional finish. After you’ve sewn the loops of your hook or eye, you’ll need to stabilize it. With hooks, this means stitching down the top part, just beneath the curved part of the hook. With eyes, you must stitch down the sides of the eye, just below the top curve.
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