Bodkin and New Page

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Have you ever heard of a Bodkin?  No?  Well, then keep reading because I’m going to explain what it is and how to use it.  I’m also going to explain a little about a new page I added to the site.

I first learned about the Bodkin from my mother-in-law. Then she gave me a gift certificate to Amazon for my birthday and it was one of the first things that I purchased.

Inserting Elastic - www.sewingnovice.com

To start out, a Bodkin is a little tool that is used to help thread elastic and/or ribbon.  You would use a Bodkin instead of a safety pin.  It’s kind of hard to see in the above picture, but it’s kind of like mini tongues.

The one I bought also came with a slightly different looking one that is for thinner ribbon or elastic.  You can see it here.  I have yet to use this other one, but you just tie the ribbon to the end and then feed it through the casing.

How to Use a Bodkin

Inserting Elastic - www.sewingnovice.com

In order to use a Bodkin, you want to attach it to the end of the elastic.  So put the open end over the elastic, and then pull down the tiny ring to tighten the Bodkin.

Inserting Elastic - www.sewingnovice.com

Next, place the rounded end of the Bodkin into the opening of your elastic casing.  Push it all the way through the casing, just like you would if you were using a safety pin.  Just be sure that you don’t pull the tiny ring loose or the Bodkin will let go of the elastic.  If you have attached it tight enough, this should not be a problem.

Inserting Elastic - www.sewingnovice.com

Once the elastic is all the way through, just loosen the tiny ring and take the Bodkin off of the elastic.  Yes, it’s that easy to use!

I found this tool much easier to use than a safety pin and it seems safer as well.  It’s under $10 for both types so it won’t break the bank.  Oh, and did you know that September is National Sewing Month?  I’m guessing that most sewing stores have a few specials going on this month, so maybe you can find a great deal on these.

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On a side note, I added a new page to the blog.  It’s called “Getting Started” and it’s a page for those that are getting started with sewing.  I have included a list of necessary tools, useful items that I use often, items that I like, projects that I suggest for beginners for their first projects, and a few suggestions that I have.  I will continue to add to it as I feel necessary and/or helpful

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