Thumbholes?
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Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Thumbholes? on 04/08/2007 18:02:57 MDT Print View

Does any one have any ideas on how to make durable thumbholes on Merino or Powerstretch tops, these fabrics seem to be the most common tops with holes. They are great for sealing in heat!

thanks Jon

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Thumbholes on 04/08/2007 20:43:53 MDT Print View

First of all, the garment needs to have adequate sleeve length. My Icebreaker and Ibex shirts which have thumbholes have longer cut sleeve lengths than other shirts which don't have them.

Icebreaker has the best thumbhole construction I've seen, using horseshoe shaped reinforcing pieces around the thumbhole, both inside and out, and is meticulously machined stitched. I think that some form of buttonhole stiching around a slit for a thumbhole might be considered for a homemade mod. But please ask someone familiar with sewing knit materials. Wool, in particular, is not a strong fiber.

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Thumbholes? on 04/09/2007 08:31:54 MDT Print View

Jon, my Smartwool Shadow hoody has thumb holes. The thumbhole is sewn into a cuff that is then sewn onto the end of the sleeve. This works rather well. See my review of the Shadow for some details.