Hand-Sewn Eyelets for Strength and Beauty
Even if you aren't an historical sewer, hand-sewn eyelets have many applications for modern sewing.
Before the invention of the bone eyelet (early 1800s) and the metal eyelet (around the 1830s), there was the hand-sewn eyelet.
Hand-sewn eyelets are ideal because they are sturdy, give a polished finish, and can be created with tools that are likely already in your sewing basket. Such eyelets are traditionally used anywhere one would find lacing, such as on corsets, tie-on sleeves, and breeches.
You are not a historical sewer? Hand-sewn eyelets have many applications for modern sewing as well. Use them as a clean finish for drawstring casing openings in purses, pants, and hoodies. Dyed-to-match thread makes the sewn eyelets nearly invisible. Alternatively, you can use contrasting color thread to really show off your handwork.
Unlike eyelets punched in metal, hand-sewn eyelets will never pull out regardless of how tight you lace through them. This is because, rather than cutting a hole in the fabric, you use…
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