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Old 12-06-2006, 08:59 AM
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what is a bodkin? I've heard the word but don't know what it is.
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:31 AM
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A bodkin is a litttle metal thing, looks like a pair of tweezers with a ring that slides up and down the pincher pieces. I use it for running elastic through a casing.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:02 AM
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Well, I'll be! I have one of those! I call it an elastic puller! Thank you.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:31 AM
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Kathy, that's the American name for it. Isn't it? ROTFLOL
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:36 AM
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Boo, that MUST be the American name for it because I AM American!
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:01 AM
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I don't know :) my grandmum was English and she called it a bodkin.... go figure.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:48 AM
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I also tend to call tools by the name that explains what they do. The darning foot to me is a hopping foot. This girl doesn't darn, darn it!
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You're too funny Boo.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:12 PM
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I do not know what that is, but I know that in England, Australia and New Zealand they have different names for things like "hand picker"! Can you figure out what that is?
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I am taking a class from Eleanor Burns where we use a Ball point end bodkin to turn applique pieces right side out for fusing to the background fabric. This one looks like a long (about 6") small rod with an eye for threading on one end and a ball point on the other end. She uses it with a piece of drinking straw to turn the pieces. This is used when you sew your applique piece to fusible interfacing. You copy the pattern on to the smooth side of the interfacing, lay the rough side of the interfacing (Glue side) to the right side of the fabric for the applique piece. Sew on the tracing line and then cut out piece approximately 1/8" outside the sewing line. You then make a slit in the center of the interfacing, put the end of the 4-5" piece of drinking straw inside being careful to place the end of it against the fabric and not the interfacing. Push the fabric through the straw with the ball end of the bodkin and repeat wherever necessary to completely turn the piece right side out. With wood or plastic presser foot, press the edges of the piece over the sides to hide the interfacing. Place piece on backgroud in desired spot and press with hot iron.
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