Dawn began sewing when she was 5 years old and it has since become a lifelong pursuit. Dawn earned a B.A. from Shenandoah University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University, both in Theatre Costume Design. During graduate school she had the opportunity to study in England at Bournemouth University where she focused on corsetry techniques, traditional hand tailoring, and fashion history. During college she worked as a costume designer and patternmaker for theatre and dance, making custom clothing for performers, specialty garments, historic reproductions, corsetry, millinery, and taught basic to advanced sewing classes. After college, she went to work as a free-lance designer and cutter in Edinburgh, Scotland. She returned to the US and began her small ready to wear line and sewing pattern company in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. She currently sells sewing patterns for clothing and hats on her website and at tradeshows. She hand makes men's custom jackets and is expanding her women's ready to wear lines. Dawn currently teaches couture sewing and hat making at sewing conventions, local stores, and in her home in Northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild and leads her own group dedicated to Couture Sewing. Dawn has begun writing for sewing magazines and is working on a book on tailoring. She has also started filming sewing instruction videos and hopes to one day have her own TV show on sewing. Please feel free to visit her website for more information.
Sewing on Hook and Eyes
Sewing expert Dawn Anderson demonstrates how to sew on hook and eyes.
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Dawn Anderson: Hi! I'm Dawn Anderson and I'm showing you how to sew by hand. Right now, we're going to sew on a hook and eye. So, this is the hook and then this is the eye. You would use the hook and eye for the top of a zipper or even the top of a dress. I'm going to use double thread to sew.
So, go ahead and cut approximately 18 inches of thread. Thread it through your needle and tie a knot into both ends. The hook always goes onto the top side with the hook pointed towards the edge. I usually just hold my thumb down just to keep it in place. We're going to start sewing through the loops. Take up a small amount of fabric. Have your needle come through the hole and then back around. Again, we're using double thread so that it's nice and strong and I go through each loop maybe two or three times and then move on to the other side and again maybe here's one stitch, two and then three and then you want to secure the hook to the edge of the fabric as well. So, you're going to tunnel underneath and come out at the edge of the hook. Pull your thread through, take your thread under the hook and then take your needle through to the underside and you're just going to sew the hook down. Again, maybe just two or three stitches and then the third and then to knot your thread, go ahead and knot it right on the side of the hook. Put your thumb down, tighten it up. I'd like to bury the thread under the fastener, come back through and cut your thread. Okay, now we need to place the loop on the other side and I have a trick for that. What you're going to do, put the hook down, fold the top back, see if you can see that here, and then take your pin, take up some fabric on either side, have the pin go through the hook and then back through the fabric so that the hook is actually hooking onto the center of the pin. Go ahead and unhook it and then that's going to give you the placement for the eye.
Now, to sew on the eye line up the center of the pin here, at the middle of the eye and then carefully hold that down with your thumb until you get a few stitches and its going to want to move around. Again, start from the outside, come through the hole in the loop and then two, maybe three stitches on each side and then over to the second side. Again, holding that down in place, you want to try to keep it even and then maybe another stitch and then when you go to knot it, go ahead take up a little bit of fabric on the outside, sometimes the double thread will make a loop, it's alright. Come through to the outside, take up a small amount of fabric, loop your knot, pull it through and cut it and that's how you sew on a hook and eye.
Now let's move on to sewing pants hook and eyes.