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Posted by: Mary Stiefer
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Posted on: 8/21/05 9:31 AM
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This tool is a hemostat used in surgery and it is also used by fly fishermen when making their own flies or pulling out a hook.

It has become a second hand to me. I have a 10" and a 5 1/2" pair of hemostats and have had both of these for a very long time. They seem to always come in handy.

When making those fabric books for my DGD this were a big help. You have to sew the right sides of these panels together and leave a small opening for turning. Well, I usually leave as small an opening as possible. I only wanted a small opening for whipstitching. So, my hand wouldn't fit inside to turn the book - but - my 10" hemostat did. I guess that's why I call it an extension to my hand.

I have also used this to fill the corners of those pillows. You can put small amounts of fiberfill in the teeth, push it in the corner, hold the corner on the outside of the pillow and release the clamp. Works like a charm. P.S. I only leave a small opening in pillows also.

I also use the tips to poke out the corners of an item.

FYI - I purchased mine in store of fishing supplies. They weren't very expensive and well worth the money - IMHO

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thaiyal said... (11/15/05 5:44 PM) Reply
When I was a kid, I made scrunchies using my mother's sewing machine. I used this from her dissection box (she was a zoologist) to turn the tubes. I didnt know the name of this tool then, but I was always careful never to get caught ;)
CindyP said... (10/22/05 1:53 PM) Reply
They are also very useful in turning the tiny hands of cloth dolls and for stuffing their little fingers, toes.
Annie- oh said... (8/26/05 7:53 AM) Reply
Yes, Mary, thanks! I read this and immediately asked DH about fishing supply stores. Two minutes later this mostly-ex-fisherman handed me his 10" and 5 1/2" hemostats. Now could this be a record for the least amount of time between reading a notions hint and owning it?????
els said... (8/24/05 1:34 PM) Reply
I have one too and use it for changing needles for my serger as well as for hand sewing projects where the needle has to pass thru heavy fabric or leather, grabbing the needle with the hemostat helps a lot. I never use stuffing but now I know that I can use it for that purpose too. Thanks for the tip.
BjP said... (8/23/05 5:38 PM) Reply
Mary, I have a pair of these for some reason, but never knew that they would actually be useful in sewing! Thanks for the tip - once I find them (oh well), I'll put them in my sewing room!
SewVeryTall said... (8/22/05 8:03 AM) Reply
Great tip, Mary...I have a couple pair of these by my machine too.
Nickle said... (8/22/05 7:10 AM) Reply
Good tip- I have a 5 1/2" but I bet a 10" would sure come in handy for turning. Thanks for telling us where to find them too.
Mirza said... (8/21/05 7:57 PM) Reply
Great tip!! Think I need to get one of these. Thanks!
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