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From: pucktricks
Date: 10-05-2006, 04:13 PM (1 of 9)
Okay, mostly this is just I wanted to post a thread where no one had ever posted before.

But, I bought some bodkins the other day, ages and ages ago, mainly because I thought they would look cool with a costume I had planned. But, I actually used one today to thread a ribbon through the casing, and it was so much easier than the use a safety pin and pull it through that way.

Definetely worth the buy.

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From: MaryW
Date: 10-06-2006, 05:23 AM (2 of 9)
Ticia, you've gone where no man has gone before. Just like in Star Trek, lol. I read somewhere that tailors never use seam rippers, only razor blades. True???
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From: Bekka
Date: 10-06-2006, 02:45 PM (3 of 9)
Yes, it's true! Seems like it would be dangerous for the fabric, but it's actually easier and faster.
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From: pucktricks
Date: 10-06-2006, 06:29 PM (4 of 9)
Yes, and as long as you're careful it's actually better on the fabric. You can also do the same thing with a rotary cutter blade.

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-06-2006, 06:50 PM (5 of 9)
My mother always used a razor blade to rip. She would usually ask me to hold one side of the fabric and she would rip with the blade. She rarely missed and it does go fast. But I have done it and I'm too afraid of either cutting the fabric or worse...missing and cutting me.

BTW, Ticia...I still have a few bodkins that I purchased many, many years ago for $0.19 each. Bet yours cost more than that! :bg:
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From: Magot
Date: 10-07-2006, 12:48 AM (6 of 9)
Have you ever used those semi circular needles for upholstery? They look mighty strange but they really do the job when it comes to that last fiddly bit.

I often use my big-blunt-ended-sewing aran-knits together needle for threading through casings - same thing really only don't bodkins have a longer, flatter eye?
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 10-09-2006, 10:47 AM (7 of 9)
I have an old scapel that I use for a seam ripper. Works like a charm.
I've always had a bodkin to thread my elastics and cords with. I think my Dad gave me my first.
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From: MariLynntex
Date: 10-09-2006, 03:52 PM (8 of 9)
I have a 3rd hand attached to the top of my machine cabinet and it works great with a seam ripper. It holds the fabric and you can use the ripper very smoothly and quickly. I have several different sized bodkins and they are very useful for a lot of things. MariLynntex coffee 2:
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From: Seemstame
Date: 12-11-2006, 05:42 PM (9 of 9)
Now I've got to look up what a bodkin is:re: Sounds like I might be missing something:bluewink:
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