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Posted on: 6/9/05 12:08 PM
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The fast-turn notion is not only great for turning tiny spaghetti straps or stuffing tubes of fabric for purse handles or other craft projects. The gadget once again earned it's keep by making it easy to turn out the facings on a very narrow dress top. In making a halter top dress, I thought the halter top's built in strap facings might be a pain to turn. So I pulled out the fastturn tool, Click Here put it in the closed strap Click Here and pulled it through with no problems. Click Here

Sure, I could have used a chopstick, knitting needle. or even the blunt end of my scissor point, but the fastturn was, well, . . . faster. Much faster.

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Nancy Peters said... (8/24/05 11:24 PM) Reply
I got real cheap and purchased copper tubing at Lowes Hardware store. It comes in several sizes. The tubes were about $.50 or so and a foot long. I do have a set of the narrow Fastturn tubes but wanted longer tubes. I use dowels for the "pusher/puller" If I need to, I will put a cup hook on the end of the dowel but haven't neede to. Just a note: I filed down the slightly sharp edges on one of the tubes.
Melinda In Tulsa said... (6/10/05 10:52 PM) Reply
You can buy the fasturn on ebay a little cheaper then in the store. The sellers name is: twoguysonwine. I believe this is the inventor of it selling it.
JDpenelope said... (6/10/05 4:12 PM) Reply
Yes! This notion actually works! Have tried other methods, with much frustration and poor results. I agree that it's highly recommended.
tigger said... (6/10/05 3:16 PM) Reply
I just purchased the narrow three pack and can't wait to get it and see if this finally fixes my spaghetti strap nightmares! :)
Mary Stiefer said... (6/10/05 2:16 PM) Reply
I just purchased one with all six (I think) pieces and am anxious to try it. Thanks for the tip.
lisaquilts said... (6/10/05 12:04 PM) Reply
Hi and Thanks for the comments. I got mine years ago at a Nancy's Notions warehouse sale in Wisconsin, but I'm sure they're available on her website (and on Clotilde and surely somewhere on eBay). I only purchased two tools-rather than the whole kit-the smallest one for spaghetti straps and the medium sized one to make 1.5 inch finished tubes. When you get it, keep the packaging and write the dimensions for cut strip size and the finished tube size on the back for easy reference. This gadget is definitely worth it.
BjP said... (6/10/05 8:13 AM) Reply
That's it, I'm buying one!
Deepika said... (6/10/05 6:29 AM) Reply
Lisa, I use my fastturn so much! And I too made a halter top recently and used the Fast Turn to turn the facing/straps. This is one tool which has really proved worth every penny!
tigger said... (6/10/05 1:11 AM) Reply
thanks for the tip - I always have such a pain with turning spaghetti straps - even with some of the notions I've bought to help! Where can I get one of these! thanks!
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