Hook and eye closures or fasteners are available for hardware and sewing uses. Although hardware and sewing hook and eye closures are similar, people use them in different manners. When you use this type of closure or fastener for hardware, it can help you keep doors open or shut. However, a hook and eye closure can also secure fabric together or overlapping garment edges. Hardware and sewing fasteners are available in different colours, shapes and sizes. Additionally, manufacturers make the closures from various materials including brass, metal and nickel.
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Shutter Hook and Eye Closure
A shutter hook and eye closure keeps a pair of shutters closed and it can keep a single shutter from swinging open. This device has an eye plate at the end of the hook and a mounting plate. When you want to keep the shutters closed, mount the hook and eye closure across the joints of the shutters horizontally. In regards to keeping a shutter open, mount the hook and eye to the windowsill and inside the shutter, which will secure it from swinging.
Gate Hook and Eye Closure
Gate hook and eye closures have one hook and two eye closures. You can use a gate hook and eye closure for use indoor and outdoor. This type of closure works well to latch doors, cabinets, gates and screens. Typically, the eyes have a circular section that curves into a threaded end which screws into one section of the gate, cabinet or screen. However, the hook is a long metal device with a hooklike mechanism at one end and an eye at another end.
Screw Hook and Eye Hinge Closure
You usually use a screw hook and eye hinge closure on wooden gates. Screw hook and eye hinge closures keep the gate from opening or closing. It comes with a male J-screw and a female screw. The male J-screw installs on the gatepost, while the female screw inserts installs on the gate. In addition, you can install the closure in the middle of the gate, on the back of the gatepost or close to the front of the fence.
Fur Hook and Eye Closure
Fur hook and eye closures are for use with cloth or fur coats. This sewing closure holds finished edges together. The hook section has a bent hook, while the eye curves with two circular-like patterns at the end.
Hook and Eye Closure Tape
Hook and eye closure tape has two different sections. You sew each section to it piece of fabric. One piece of fabric will have the hook side tape, while the other end has the eye portion of the tape. Once the garment has both pieces in place, slide the hook side of the tape over the eye side of the tape. Usually you see hook and eye closure tapes on bras or corsets. However, you can opt for a hook and eye tape with cloaks, jackets or dresses.
No-Sew Hook and Eye
No-sew hook and eyes are similar to hook and eye closures that requires needle and thread. The main difference is that no-sew hook and eye closures clamp in position on the fabric of your choice.
Ornamental Hook and Eye Closures
People can dress up a plain hook and eye closure with designer or ornamental closures. Typically, fabric or craft stores carry various ornamental hook and eye closures. For example, some ornamental hook and eye closures are available in floral filigrees, bees, fans, flowers and a host of other designs.
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