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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > turning a knit needle holder - McCalls 6256 ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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turning a knit needle holder - McCalls 6256
need help turning a non-traditional tube of fabric
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Date: 12/3/11 9:03 AM

I am working on a needle holder for knitting needles. It is shaped very oddly at this point. A long wedge that you sew the top of and then turn that part and then sew the long thin edges and need to turn. Maybe I have done something wrong but I cannot figure out how to turn these "tubes". I have tried all my tools - a Turn It all, Fast Turn and Loop Turner as well as just trying to push it through with a small dowel. There is no review for this view of this pattern and I am not sure I am describing it accurately. I have turned many traditional tubes but this one has an appendage sticking out through the middle that I cannot see how it will turn through such a narrow opening. Does anyone have any ideas? TIA.
Pattern is McCalls 6256
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Date: 12/3/11 10:45 AM

If this sounds confusing, it's because I'm a little confused, but................

Can you use dental floss or upholstery or button thread in a long doll or upholstery needle (or try any longer, heavier needle) to go through your point and create a tail to pull through?

If you only had a short needle, you'd have to work it a bit until you could reach in with tweezers to grab it.

If you have more to sew, you can pre plan your dental floss tail for turning and sew it in. Leave the long tail and be careful not to accidentally catch it in any seams.

If you have knitting needles, couldn't you use one of those or a chopstick? Ease the narrow pocket of fabric over your knitting needle. The point will initially be clumsy but once you have it turned, you can refine it.

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Date: 12/3/11 11:19 AM

I have it partially turned now - but the problem is that the top of the holder is making a large bulk that won't go through the rest of the narrow tube. It's like a little rectangle of doubled fabric in the middle of a narrow tube and i have to pull that through as well. It's at the top of the turning tube and I cannot ease it through. I wonder what they were thinking. It must be possible...

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Date: 12/3/11 4:25 PM

a7yrstitch's suggestions look good, but, depending on how big the opening is, the shape of the piece, and the fabric, maybe it's just too hard given the size of the opening? I've had fabrics that were rough and stiff and just would not turn without fraying or ripping out the seam, until I made the opening bigger.

Or it's possible that the instructions are wrong, or there's a part that's sewn together and making it topologically impossible to turn. Could you maybe show a picture of the instructions and/or piece? I'm confused about where the opening is and how exactly the bulky part is attached...

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Date: 12/3/11 6:36 PM

Not sure I understand your piece, but I like to use 2-size straws for turning tubes, do not poke thru like dowels or pulling on them. I turn doll fingers so I have several sizes. I got some fat hospital straws that you don't find elsewhere from a nurse friend. They work well by putting in a spaghetti strap, then pushing thru with a narrower straw.

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Date: 12/4/11 8:51 AM

I asked my husband to help me photograph the problem last night but instead he said "I can fix it." And he did. He used the biggest tube and dowel from my Turn it all tubes and just powered through. It was not easy though and I think for the other two in the set, I will sew smaller sas to make it easier to sew and turn. The finished results is cute and useful though. I will post a review.

Thanks for the help.

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Date: 12/4/11 11:51 AM

Strong, enterprising hubby to the rescue!

Mine loves it when he gets a chance to show off his "smarts" in untested territory (they are peacocks at heart).

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Date: 12/4/11 11:52 AM

I'm glad it worked out! Hope the others go a little easier. The smaller SAs sound like a good idea.

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