Using hooks as front closure

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Using hooks as front closure

Postby diana » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:12 pm

Because of the way I pleated the front vested piece of a bodice, I don't want to sew buttonholes. I have sewn simple #3 size hooks overlapping the front to attach to threads (not hooks) sewn to the other piece. (The fronts do not meet in the center; they overlap.)

The hooks are not staying hooked onto the threads in the waist area. Are the bar eyes better? Or should I use those larger "locking" hook and eyes? I just didn't want them to show when you look at the outfit from the side, but I guess there's no getting around that.

I don't usually use hook and eyes. Is anyone else experienced using them for front closing (overlapping) bodices?
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Re: Using hooks as front closure

Postby Heather » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:44 pm

You can usually smash the hooks closed a little bit, and that will keep them from popping open. Don't over smash them, or you won't get the eyes into the hook.
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Re: Using hooks as front closure

Postby diana » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Oh! I never thought of that!

Do you prefer the bar tacks or do you just use thread bars?
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Re: Using hooks as front closure

Postby Heather » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:56 pm

I personally like to use the metal bars. I am always afraid the thread loops will just rip out.
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Re: Using hooks as front closure

Postby Miss_Eliza » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:38 pm

I know you already got an answer to your question but you might consider hook and eye tape in the future. It's easier to attach and they are tightly secured on the twill tape.
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