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Date: 12/10/05 10:19 AM

Hi Ladies,

What is the name of that thingie that you use to pull elastic through a waistband?

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Date: 12/10/05 10:45 AM

Actually - you really don't need one. Just find yourself a big ole safety pin. Put the safety pin through the end of the elastic and start pushing it through the casing. The pin is enough that you can feel it and push it through without any problem.

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Date: 12/10/05 10:51 AM

It's called a bodkin.

ALthough I do what Mary does and use a safety pin when the casing is big enough, I do find the bodkin helpful for any tinier casing. Matter of fact, just used one to pull very small elastic through a 1/2" casing for a small Santa's bag.
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Date: 12/10/05 11:16 AM

If it will fit through the casing, a diaper pin is even better than a regular safety pin. There's nothing worse than the bodkin opening up inside the casing when you're almost done.
For narrow casings I like to use a plastic tapestry needle, it has a very blunt end or a small safety pin.

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Date: 12/10/05 11:44 AM

It's a bodkin. Don't bother. Get a safety pin. I have a bodkin and never use it.

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Date: 12/10/05 11:58 AM

No matter what you use, be sure to pin the other end to the garment with a safety pin so that you won't pull the elastic all the way thru.

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Date: 12/10/05 12:14 PM

I loooove the idea of bodkins; in fact, I have a small collection. However, the darned things frequently lose their grip right in the middle of threading stuff through a casing, so my usual tool is a safety pin. If I'm using wide elastic, I trim the corners slightly, to give a slight "arrow" shape to the leading edge for easier passage.

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Date: 12/10/05 12:43 PM

I have several bodkins and I prefer them over saftey pins...sounds like I'm one of the few! I used large safety pins fora looong time and then I finally "splurged" on a set of plastic bodkins. For me, the advantage is when I come to the seam allownaces...the dafety pin would always get caught in the seam allowance and it wa such a pain to maneuver it so that it would slip between those little fold of fabric. Argh. I don't have a problem with the bodkin and I think it makes threading the eleactis a whole lot faster. The bodkin occasionally loses the elastic in the middle of the casing, but it's not an issue for me. There are several types of bodkins available...I have the one where there's a little clip to grip the elastic securely.

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Date: 12/10/05 4:54 PM

Thanx, guys, several good ideas I'll have to try!

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Date: 12/10/05 6:23 PM

I always trim my seam allowances when I make a casing. It prevents this problem.

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