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6802Re: [SCA Newcomers] I need a better punching tool.

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  • bronwynmgn@aol.com
    Jan 1, 2005
      In a message dated 1/1/2005 5:56:52 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
      aferrell@... writes:

      <<For either one, I really would suggest
      stabilizing the area they are going. Most patterns have this in their
      instructions. This is usually done with interfacing. It makes it a
      little harder to go through the extra layers if you are using grommets,
      but is worth the extra effort in the longevity of your garment.>>

      In period, one of the more common methods for making lacing holes was to do
      handsewn eyelets. Interestingly, the area where these were to be placed was
      also stabilized, based on surviving scraps and pieces of clothing from the
      period. The area where the eyelets were to be sewn would be faced with a piece
      of silk, and the eyelets worked through both whatever the garment material
      was and the silk. Silk being a rather strong fabric, it works quite
      effectively. Something else that helps with keeping the holes from ripping out is,
      rather than punching a hole in the fabric, using a dull awl or similar tool to
      pass between the fibers of the weave and stretch a hole open. Since you
      haven't cut any fibers, the hole is less likely to fray or rip open further,
      whereas cutting the fibers produces a weak spot in the fabric.

      Brangwayna Morgan
      Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
      Lancaster, PA

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