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Quick Tip #1: Small Garment Holes

Ever have issues getting arming or garment points through tight holes in your clothing? Or, after painstakingly breaking in those holes through the sweat and toil of your fingers through multiple wearings find yourself in the position to start over after even a mild washing? This video is my solution.


“Today’s quick tip, when you have garments like these braes from Historic Enterprises they come pierced with holes for running points through… but they are also fairly small, and it’s difficult to get the points through. I have found the easiest way, instead of trying to fiddle with the very little-to-work-with end is to find yourself a chop stick. This one’s a metal chop stick, it’s nice and smooth. Make sure you get one, even if it’s made of bamboo, that doesn’t have the rippy ridges right here, and then what you’re going to do is, you’re going to run the chop stick through that point hole nice and gently to ease that hole open without tearing or messing up the fabric. And then once you’ve got that hole large enough you can then run your aglet on through without a whole lot of extra stress. It goes right on through. So, when you get a new garment I find that you have to do this, and sometimes after washing you’ll have to do this. Also you’ll find that the ends of these [the aglets] don’t like to come back through these holes; which is nice so that they don’t come running out while you’re wearing them. The easiest way I’ve found to get them off is to just run the tip back through, like so, and then you’re able to pull the whole thing through without too much trouble.”

2 thoughts on “Quick Tip #1: Small Garment Holes”

    1. Oooh, good thought. I don’t actually have one of those. Others have suggested an awl as well, which would also work. I don’t have one of those either. When I look around the house for things I always settle on this chop stick as it tapers more gently than your average ink pen. Thank you for the suggestion!

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