Ball Point Bodkin - You NEED This Sewing Notion!
Updated: Jun 20, 2022
The 'Ball Point Bodkin' - a $4.25 long piece of metal with an eye on one end and a ball on the other - has been a favorite of mine for years. Here is a picture. Do you have one? I find it useful for every so many sewing tasks...
What I have used it most for is to safely push out stitched edges on items, once they have been turned right side out - usually doing so at the ironing board right before pressing the seam on the edge.
I find that both the ball end and the flat end to be useful. I especially use it in making the Shield component of the Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits. You could see a video on that use at this video.
Original Use Revealed
During these weird 'Covid' times, like many, I've been watching more sewing stuff online. Just last week I caught an industry friend of mine, Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop, on her weekly Facebook Live episode. During that episode, she shared how very useful this same Ballpoint Bodkin is for turning a tube - of any length at all. I tried it myself and it works like a charm. Follow these directions - taken exactly from what Linda shared on her Facebook Live.
Stitch a Tube
Unlike what Linda shows, I prefer to leave enough seam allowance on a bias tube to 'stuff' the tube. And, start with a wider area as shown to simplify the turning process.
See the white stitching for how to start stitching when creating a tube.