Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sewing Tool Review: The Bodkin

Many of students make at least one project that involves an elastic casing of some type.  An elastic casing is the "tunnel" that you thread elastic through in pj pants, skirts, peasant dresses/tops and more.  To thread the elastic through the casing, often times folks attach a safety pin at one end of the elastic and then use that to work the elastic through the casing. 

If you are anything like me, inevitably the safety pin will open up inside the casing poking the user and it can be hard to close the pin.

Here is a tool that can help with ALL that.  This one pictured is made by Dritz and I picked it up awhile ago when Joann Fabrics was having a sale on their sewing notions (50% off).  It is called a bodkin.

Here is how it works:

The bodkin looks sort of like a pair of tweezers with a sliding circular piece that helps to lock it in the pinched position.  After cutting the amount of elastic that you need, open up the tweezer end and place your elastic inside so that it grabs the elastic.  Then slide the circular piece down towards the tweezer end of the bodkin helping to lock it in place so the elastic does not become loose. 

Next thread your elastic through the casing with the bodkin leading the way.

Finish off sewing your elastic ends together as normal after removing the bodkin and proceed with finishing your casing.  Isn't the bodkin a neat tool??  It does not cost too much even without a sale and many of my students have found it very useful.

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