I had to take a break from getting ready to go to the National ASG Conference to show you how excellent it is to put in no sew pant hooks…. They are so fast and easy to put in, let me show you how.
If you didn’t interface the waistband/waistband facing you’ll need to stabilize the right and left ends of the waistband. This fusible interfacing serves two purposes. Fuse small pieces on both the wrong side of the waistband and the facing. The interfacing will support the fabric where the hook and bar are installed and protect the opposite pieces from wear. So for example, on the right end of the waistband, the interfacing on the waistband facing will support the hooks. The interfacing on the waistband will protect the waistband from the back side of the metal hardware that will be up against the wrong side of the waistband. I like to fuse a double layer of interfacing.
Start on the side of the waistband that is above the front fly topstitching. (This side of the waistband overlaps the other side.) Mark the position of the hooks on the waistband facing. Keep in mind that the metal hardware will extend a little bit toward the end of the waistband, so position it far enough from the folded end…approximately 3/8″ from the folded end.
Mark the position of the hooks
Push the spikes on the wrong side of the hook through the facing
Position the hook along the guideline. Push the spikes on the back side of the hook through the facing (and fused interfacing). When I am using two hooks, I like to position the lower one 5/8″ from the bottom edge of the facing, and the hop one 1/4″ from the top edge of the facing.
Here’s a photo showing the wrong side of the waistband facing. The spikes on the back of the hook are pushed through to the wrong side.
Put on the backing for the hook
The next step is to slip the hook backing into the spikes. Here’s a photo of the backing that fits onto the spikes. Notice that it is indented so the spikes and be pressed flush against the backing. Make sure that you position the backing with the indentations facing out.
Use needle nose pliers to bend the spikes down
Use needle nose pliers to bend the spikes down and press them firmly into the indentations. Bend the single spike so that it’s pointing away from the other two.
Here’s a close-up of the backing with all the spikes pressed into the indentations.
Here is what the facing looks like after both pant hooks have been installed.
Bend back the overlapping side of the waistband to see where to position the bars
The next step is to zip up the zipper and mark the position of the bars on the opposite of the waistband. Bend the end of the waistband back so you can see the hooks. Mark the positions of the bars on the right side of the waistband as shown above. The bars should be positioned so the line up with the very back edge of the hooks. Align the bars with the guidelines that you marked. Then slip the backings on and bend the spikes in toward the center to secure them to the waistband.
Using these no sew pant hooks really give your pants that ready-to-wear look. Plus, I can attest to how well they hold up because I’ve been wearing my new shorts almost every day, and the hook is staying in place like a champ (…super impressive because I only used one hook for the shorts!!)
So I’m working on a sleeveless fitted shirt to wear while teaching my fitted shirt workshop at the ASG Conference… hoping to finish a pair of Khaki pants to go with it …. Very exciting stuff, stay tuned! Happy Sewing.