Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. With summer comes sundresses and spaghetti straps. Oh, how I love the look of a great spaghetti strapped dress and oh how I hate to make those straps.
I have a tube turner that has been with me for over 20 years. It is a simple little device. Long metal tube with a hook on the end that turns the fabric tube inside out. It has served me well. That was until recently. Daughter borrowed up and it is gone. She swears she put it back so I guess that little sewing notion fairy tiptoed into my house one night and stole it.
Researched all the options and there are a few choices. First the Fasturn Set. It comes with six different size metal tubes with three turning hooks. Each plastic handled pull hook has a spiral end that you can twist into the fabric for a secure hold as you slide it thru the tube. There is also room in the tubes that enables you to add cording at the same time if you desire. It is a very nice set but the price.. wow. $45 to $65..
Dritz has three different types of tube turners. One version is the original version that I had. They also a version called a Clip “N Turn. This consist of two flat plastic rods, one larger than the other with a clip at the top and a slot on the neck to help catch or clip fabric to aid in turning.
I chose the Quick Turn tool. It is very similar to the Fasturn set but only comes with three plastic tubes paired with 2 wooden dowels and one metal dowel for turning. I have to admit I have not used it and may find I hate it and run back to the store and get my original style.
What type do you use, do you have another way to get those spaghetti straps turned with little effort?
By the way, no more blog posts on sewing tools for a while. I am sure you must be getting as sick of them as I am. I will continue to keep my commitment to the Ultimate Blog Challenge but for my next post I will be showing my progress on my Sew for Victory 2.0 Sew Along. See ya tomorrow!
4 thoughts on “April 5 – Spaghetti Strap Tools”
I have never got the hang of spaghetti straps. I have a long metal one like you had that I got from Hobby Lobby and I have those blue dritz ones. I just can never seem to turn them. 😦 I will usually just give then to my MIL if I am making a pattern that has them or I will make larger straps.
I saw a technique that just had you lay thread in the fold and then sewing one end shut with the thread stitched. Then you pull the thread and it turned using the thread. Once it was right side out, you trimmed the closed end.
If you go to Pinterest, look-up the Bobbie Pin Method for turning tubes. There are several great pictures of how this is done. You know what they say… “a picture is worth…” Really easy!
I will definitely check that out.