Hooks and Eyes
Hooks and eyes are small but comparatively strong fasteners. Though they
are most often applied at single points of a garment opening, such as a
waistband or neckline, they can also be used to fasten an entire opening.
There are several types of hooks and eyes, each designed to serve a
particular purpose. They are available in various sizes and weights. Two types
of eyes are included on each card. The round eye is used to fasten edges that
meet each other, the straight eye is used to fasten edges that lap over each
other. The hook is placed on the right front for front openings and on the
front for skirt openings.
Mark position and sew hooks on first.
Set the hook back at least 1/8
inch from the finished edge, so that it will not be pulled into a position
where it will show.
Take several small overhand stitches over the
rings, being sure stitches do not show on the right side of the garment. Secure
the hook with overhand stitches.
When the round eye is used for edges, which will
meet each other, the end should extend 1/8 inch beyond
the finished edge. Sew with small over hand stitches along the rings and at the
The straight eye, for edges that lap over, may
be placed at various distances from the finished edge, depending on the amount
of overlap. Remember that the eye will pull to the end of the hook; therefore,
to mark the end of the hook with a pin, and use this as the position for the
eye. The eye has a curve in it; be sure the hook will pull with, rather than
against, the curve. Sew in place with several small overhand stitches over the