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« on: January 14, 2007 05:04:09 PM »

ok, I'm not sure how to really explain this, but I'm going to go ahead and try Smiley

I've been making bags for a while. However, I always have the same problem. When I make the handles I make a long tube (one long piece of material, folded so the wrong side is up, and then sewn along one edge) and then have to "pull through" the material so it's on the right side. This is really time consuming and hard to do. Do you guys have any suggestions, tips or tricks that could speed this process along?

Thank you so much and I hope you can understand the problem!

« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2007 06:19:57 PM »

You have two options:

1) Don't turn at all.  Cut your handle 4 times as wide as you want the finished handle.  Get out your iron, and iron it lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Now open it back up and take each long raw edge and fold it in to the center line you just made with the iron.   Iron each side in like this.  Sew (topstitch) it closed.

2) Or if you still want to do a tube, get one of these, it will save you SO much time:


That costs about $8.00.   Use one of the 40% off coupons at JoAnn's and it will only cost about $5.00.  Smiley

I do my handles both ways, depending on what I'm making.




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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007 06:24:36 PM »

Get a string and a safety pin.  Attach the safety pin to the edge of one end of your tube, and feed the string through the tube.  Then fold the safety pinned end of your tube in, pull the string, and blamo, instant tube turner.

You can turn any tube wider than your string and your safety pin.


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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007 06:27:40 PM »

Deirdre posted while I was writing, I do that string/safety pin thing, but I also do it this way

Here is what I do. Pin a safety pin to one end of the tube and pull the safety pin through. It gives you something to grab.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2007 06:30:45 PM »

thank you so much!
this will save me heaps of time. Smiley
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2007 06:54:58 PM »

Deirdre posted while I was writing, I do that string/safety pin thing, but I also do it this way

Here is what I do. Pin a safety pin to one end of the tube and pull the safety pin through. It gives you something to grab.

Yeah, that's my fave way of doing it...I tend to snap the string at times when doing the other way, and it's a huge piss off when that happens. :/

« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007 10:41:20 AM »

To keep from breaking string all the time what I did was get a safety pin and three LONG pieces of yarn, slip all three pieces of yarn through the whole in the back of the pin then even the strings outand then braid all six pieces together, using two pieces of yarn for each "string" your braiding, then when your done just tie it in a knot, its alot stronger than just string.
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007 10:43:36 AM »

as a sometimes knitter, i use a knitting needle to push through tubes, provided they are big enough and long enough. in fact, i use them all the time when i flip things back the right way, so that i can turn out corners and straighten seams.

good luck!
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