No, not the Ecclesiastes verses or song by The Byrds. I've been doing a lot of garment construction over the past year or so. One thing that always causes consternation: making fabric tubes. Whether they're for loops or straps, I've struggled to turn narrow tubes. Not any more!
JoAnn Fabrics had a major sale on their notions last Sunday -- 60% off everything on the wall. I foolishly thought I didn't need a shopping basket -- doh! I found one and started collecting lots of fun things. I picked up packages of elastic, magnetic snaps, disappearing ink pen, sew-on snaps, glass head pins, and more. So far my favorite item is this:
I've been working on a dress for a special little girl and this item really came in handy. Here are the particulars on using these Quick Turn gadgets from Dritz.
To practice using the turner, I started by cutting a rectangular piece of fabric, folding it in half and sewing down the long side and one of the short sides. Sometimes I don't need the end sewn but I think from now on when necessary I'll just cut the piece a bit bigger so I can do it this way.
There are three sets of turners in the package:
- 3/16" is used for 3/8" to 5/8" tubes
- 3/8" is used for 3/4" to 1" tubes
- 1/2" is used for 1" or larger tubes.
Next, I inserted the 3/8" cylinder into the open end:
Once the cylinder reached the end seam, I inserted the wooden stick, pointed end first, where the end seam was and pushed it through the cylinder.
NEVER do it any other way again!!!!
Lastly, I used the stick to box the end of the tube out nicely.
And here is my 1/2" practice tube:
Ordinarily the Dritz Quick Turn is only $5.99 at JoAnn Fabrics, but I got it for $2.39. Either way it's a bargain and if you don't have it, you NEED it if you ever sew straps or loops for anything!
Now back to my sewing machine....