Stilettos are used to force the weave of the fabric open to make an eyelet hole or to insert the shank of a metal button to allow the button to sit flush to the fabric. Because the fabric is not cut, the eyelet is stronger and resists ripping. These bone stilettos are about 4" (10 cm) long and will open a hole that is 5/16" (9 mm) across. Thread buttons can also be made with these. Directions for making eyelets and thread buttons are included in The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing Book I with an eyelet variation in Book II. Directions for attaching shanked buttons using a stiletto may be found in The Workman's Guide to Tailoring Stitches and Techniques. A fancy carved ivory stiletto is on page 80 of Taunton, Nerylla, 1997, Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries; Antique Collectors' Club Ltd.
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 October, 2013.