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 3" (7.6 cm) long. 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. In the French encyclopedia by Denis Diderot "Plate II: Tailor of Suits, Tools" published in 1771 the translation includes "Figure 3. Sharp [or thin] stiletto for making the holes in the fabric. A, the stiletto. B, the handle." Please see Tailleur d'habits et tailleur de corps.
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 May, 2007.