I just saw Louise Cutting on America Sews this week and she demonstrated how to use a point turner. My mouth dropped as it was the opposite of how I use it. Here are the steps for turning the point of a collar:
1. Grasp the turner in the palm of your hand with the point sticking out so that it is directly under your thumb. Your thumb and the pointed end become like tongs.
2. Open your "tongs" and place your thumb inside the collar unit as far to the point as you can get.
3. Place the point of the turner directly at the collar point on the wrong side of the fabric. Pinch your "tongs" together.
4. Use your opposite hand to pull the collar unit over the top of the turner, thereby leaving your thumb on the outside and the turner on the inside of the collar unit.
That's it! No pushing and poking from the inside. I ran to my sewing room to give it a try and it worked like a charm. I haven't tried it yet on a very pointy collar. That'll be the real test.