I have spent the last two days finishing up binding my corset, and boy, my finger is so sore! I feel like if I could get into the habit of using a thimble, it would be a good thing. Unfortunately, they drive me nuts and make me feel so clumsy!
That being said, I've got the top and bottom of my corset completely bound, and my next step will be my lacing holes; once I am sure that I will not have to take in or extend the center back of the corset, I'll make my lacing holes and then finish binding the center back edges of the garment.
Does anybody have any good tips for making my lacing holes? I am really terrible at hand-bound eyelet holes. Despite practice, they take me forever, don't look particularly good, and don't tend to be very consistent. I'd be willing to put in the time and effort for an outside layer, but probably not for an underpinning, especially when I am hoping to finish up the entire outfit by October.
So, back to my original question. Any good, sturdy lacing hole tips? I've used the dinky Dritz hand-held grommet punch, and I won't take that thing near this corset. The grommets always pull out. I've also used Laci's ginormous grommet setting machine, but I don't think I can justify the trip down to their store between gas prices, my car being on the fritz, and the time crunch I've been under in general lately. I'd much rather put the gas/toll money towards investing in a good tool that I can use in the future.
Let me know if you've come across something that works really well!