a little lesson in handsewing
|My corset was almost
finished, and I was rather pleased. When I was almost finished, I had to
discuss a fairly important matter with myself. Should I use metal
grommets, or should I learn how to sew lacing holes? I ended up sewing
the eyelets by hand. It was rather boring, but after sewing a fairly
large amount of lacing holes, I certainly learned it.
|If you are going to sew eyelets, you
will need the object shown on the right, an 'awl'. This is a very useful
little object used to punch a hole in the fabric without braking the
treads. You may of course make the hole in any other way, but there is a
chance that the treads will brake, allowing your eyelet to tear the
fabric. I have heard rumors that most modern awls to not look like this,
but are made out of metal, but mine are old.
|You measure the distance between your
eyelets before punching a hole in the fabric with an awl.
|Sew around the hole. The side of the
hole that will end up being teared most by the lacing ribbon, will have
to be worked several times with buttonhole stitches. Around the rest of
the hole, the stitches are only there to keep the eyelet open.
||Penetrate the hole once more with the
awl. The hole has a tenency to close itself, which is rather annoying.
Sew around the edges again.
|Your eyelet is finished! If you have
two layers of fabric, it will be wise to repeat the process on the back
side of the fabric. When I was finished with the eyelet on the front of
the fabric, the fabric closed itself at the back.
||My brother dropped the awls, so by
now they all have blunt edges. It is sad. Perhaps I need to get some
modern ones aswell.
Last update 04 May 2003