Turning Tools for Sewing


I highly recommend the Quick Turn turning tools by Dritz. If I had only known about these lovely gadgets years ago, I would have saved myself endless frustration and tantrums. So how do they work and why do I like them so much?

First off, the Quick Turn turning tools are used to turn tubes of material from wrong side to right side of fabric. Often a pattern will instruct one to cut a narrow strip of fabric, fold it in half lengthwise, stitch, and turn. Yah right! My reaction is always, “how am I supposed to turn this narrow little thing?” Well it usually can be done with a few tantrums and curse words, but this is now a thing of the past.

Once the tubes are sewn, one slides a tube (kinda like a very stiff straw) into the fabric tube. Then, the metal rod or wooden rod is used to gently push the material inside the tube. When it gets a little bit under way, one just gives it a pull and voila, it comes out the other end right side out. All this just takes seconds to do. That is why I love these gadgets. They even come in different sizes so even the teeny tiniest of tubes can be turned. (We’re talking 1/4″ here!- see photo)

So, if the project on hand calls for turning tubes of fabric, I highly recommend investing in some turning tools before getting started. They will save time and frustration. Turning tools are an inexpensive and useful addition to any sewing box.

As always, Happy Sewing!


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