I hope the series about spending in the sewing room has been interesting and useful these past few weeks. We've looked at whether spending more money on sewing tools, gadgets and gizmos can give you better sewing results, save you time or just make sewing more fun.
Covered so far:
- Your sewing machine – can you notice the difference?
- Seam rippers – ooh shiny !
- Sewing scissors – like a hot knife through butter
- Sewing storage solutions – some budget ideas for you
- Wonder Clips – should you buy the cheap ones?
- Applique pressing sheet – saves time
- Sewing pins – how many different types do you need?
With the holiday season coming up, I felt like splashing out a little to treat myself on a few new sewing supplies and trade in my budget versions for something a little better.
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Today, the Bodkin
What's a bodkin you might be wondering? Me too, I just wasn't sure what this tool was called, I just knew I wanted one. You know when you have to thread some ribbon through a casing for a drawstring bag, or perhaps thread elastic through a waist casing for a skirt? I've been using a big (rusty) safety pin. It's not ideal, I can do better!
This is the new and improved version of the big old rusty safety pin. A proper bodkin. I bought this one from Clover, the Clip and Glide Bodkin, part of the Nancy Zieman collection.
Sometimes it's just the simplest things in life that give you pleasure, and this little tool makes my day! It has a nice soft and smooth gently rounded end that won't get snagged on anything and will slip smoothly through, gliding through when you get to the tricky part at the seams.
It's flexible too. Firm enough to push through easily and yet bendy enough that if you have a tight curve you need to negotiate around, like a casing in the end of a sleeve perhaps, it fits through there beautifully too.
The genius part is the way it holds the elastic. There is a clip that comes up, slide in the elastic and it grips it nice and tight. With the little teeth on the underside, that elastic is not coming out of there and getting lost half way around the casing so you have to start again!
My favorite thing about this tool though, even with that awesome clip, is just the length. I never realised what I was missing pushing that safety pin through millimeters at a time until I had a nice long flexible bodkin like this. Now I can slide it through the casing so much quicker, inches at a time instead of millimeters.
So in answer to the question, do you really need a sewing bodkin – no of course you don't need one. I managed just fine without, but it can make sewing quicker and easier and therefore a little more fun if you get one.
So this one is a MUST GET for me. Saves time, fun to use, does exactly what it's intended for and does it well. Plus we all need more pokey-tools in our sewing toolbox.
Buy yourself a smart bodkin, this one or many of the others on offer at: