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Topic: Your best technique for turning skinny tubes of fabric inside out?  (Read 2259 times)
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2006 06:24:22 PM »

I was home sick last week watching a craft show and this woman on TV had this long skinny tool with a hook like thing on the end of it that she used specifically for this purpose. It had a handle on it that appeared to be wood. She had a name for it and everything. A name that seemed to be a real name and not "pulling thing."  It also did not appear to be something she made herself.  So maybe there is an actual tool out there designed for this purpose.

I wish I could remember more. I was kind of out of it.

Sorry this is so vague. Maybe someone will be able to figure out what I'm talking about.
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2006 07:49:02 PM »

We call it "the nose picker" around here. Because we're mature like that. Real name is "Loop turner" and they'll have one in the notions section of your local sewing store. I love it to pieces and turning loops doesn't suck anymore.

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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2006 08:26:19 PM »

I have one of those and after 2 years, still haven't figured the thing out...lol.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2006 08:43:45 PM »

I have quite the collection of rogue knitting needles that my puppy orphaned in the last year, but if there's a little bit more space, I use this little scissor/clamp looking thing (I think they're called hemostats) that I picked up for a buck at a street fair.  I think they're usually used for medical stuff (and my belly button has been clamped in 1 3x Roll Eyes Wink) but they work wonders when I'm trying to turn cottons and such inside out.

Of course, the straw idea sounds pretty good too.
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2006 10:28:55 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2006 11:19:38 PM »

I own a thingamijig called "Fasturn" (well it was my mother's, so since she hadn't used it in 5 years - I stole it!!).  It's sold in a set of 5 or single tubes.  What it is, is a hollow brass tube with a circular handle/stopper type thing.  It looks alot like a sword.  It also comes with what looks like thin metal rigid wire with a "pig's tail" type curl on the end of it.  You can use this tool a number of different ways - either for turning tubes the right way by threading the inside out tube over the brass tube, thread the wire thing up throught the brass tube then pierce the end of the fabric with the "pig's tail" curl type thing through the fabric then pull the fabric through the tube and it turns the tube right side out.

It can also be used to make piping.

The set is good because it comes with different sized tubes.
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2006 03:25:42 AM »

When I've made a tube, I make it a few centimetres longer than I need to, get some long strong thread and use a needle to knot it to one end of the tube.  I then hold this inside the tube while I'm sewing, making sure it doesn't get caught.  When the tube is sewn I just pull on the thread and help guide it through itself.
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2006 05:09:36 AM »

Well to use the nose picker, you should either leave the end of the tube open or make sure you leave something for that hook on the end to catch onto. I usually catch it on 2-3 stiches. To use, you push it up the inside of the tube, latch the hook onto something and then close the little metal flap (this keeps it from coming lose or catching on everything else on the way out) and then start pulling. As you get some of the tube turned within the length, just push the length over while pulling the nose picker towards you.

Hope that makes sense. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2006 07:46:44 AM »

I've often wondered about "the nose pickers", but never got one. I usually do the "thread" method, though I usually use embroidery floss since I'm a rough puller! If the project doesn't need the skinny tubes to be delicate and drapey, I just do the fold in, iron and stitch method. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2006 07:49:04 AM »

I use the a dowel and do it by hand at first pull it out towards me then stick the dowel in the end and continue rolling onto the dowel pushing the rest of the fabric thru.
There is a tool called a turn it all at joanns that does this Smiley kat
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