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Thread: turning tote/purse straps

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    Super Member jitkaau's Avatar
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    I don't bother to turn it. I fold it with right sides out and top stitch down the edges to hold the layers together. Faster and neater that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    Stitch with small gauge cord inside, slightly longer than strip. baste stitch to one end, then pull through. Remove basting
    Holy Moley! That is the best idea I ever heard for turning! My fingers and my patience thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    Stitch with small gauge cord inside, slightly longer than strip. baste stitch to one end, then pull through. Remove basting
    This is what I do, also ... very useful for small things like spaghetti straps. It works a peach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewobsessed1
    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    Stitch with small gauge cord inside, slightly longer than strip. baste stitch to one end, then pull through. Remove basting
    This is what I do, also ... very useful for small things like spaghetti straps. It works a peach!
    What a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jslovak
    Does anyone have a good trick or use a good tool for turning strips for tote pages/purse handles right side out?
    I just turn the edges into the middle then fold over then sew.Connie in CO

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    I always stitch in a piece of material or string that I can get my fingures on and pull. I used to use a pencil, but since Mr. Author decided to move into my hands, I had to find a different way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noahscats7
    I make them similar to binding,fold in half & iron then open & iron both sides to the middle. Then I top-stitch both sides.
    This is what I do also. I like the easiest way possible and this works for me... :thumbup:

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    I like the fold and stitch method too, especially since the patterns usually call for batting (or in some cases I have used heavy twill tape to avoid the puffiness) I had no luck in getting the 1 to 1/2 inch wide straps turned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    Stitch with small gauge cord inside, slightly longer than strip. baste stitch to one end, then pull through. Remove basting
    I have done this for years. If straps or bands are too narrow to attach a cord to the end seam, then I don't sew wrong sides together. I fold over the hem edge, iron, pin, and top stitch.

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    I have the Fasturn tubes and wouldn't live without them!!

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