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Thread: turning tote/purse straps

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    Member jslovak's Avatar
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    Does anyone have a good trick or use a good tool for turning strips for tote pages/purse handles right side out?

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    I use a big (turtle) diaper safety pin and do it the old fashioned way.

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    this is what works best for me as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by katiescraftshop
    I use a big (turtle) diaper safety pin and do it the old fashioned way.

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    Stitch with small gauge cord inside, slightly longer than strip. baste stitch to one end, then pull through. Remove basting

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    They make a "turning tool" you can usually get it at most places that sell sewing things...forget what it is called for sure. Bought mine many years ago....don't know even where it is at or I would tell you the name of it. Sorry.
    When I didn't have the "turning tool" I would just take the strip and press the sides down and put the strip together and do a top stitch...NO need to turn the strips....works fine, chances are you are going to do a top stitch after you turn the strip anyway.

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    I fold the strip in half, press, open up, bring each raw edge to the crease mark, press, then fold in half then topstitch down both sides. I usually put a piece of webbing under the folded edges. I don't like turning a tube right side out. This method also has more layers making it stronger and wear longer.

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    I make them similar to binding,fold in half & iron then open & iron both sides to the middle. Then I top-stitch both sides.

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    oh i love Alikat's great idea!!!

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    Although I have tube turners, it's much easier to do the methods mentioned above. Plus, the result is much nicer.

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    I like my fasturn set. Got it at a garage sale. I like that I can manipulate the seam so it's open and lays flat.

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