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   Quick Tip – Use a safety pin to thread a drawstring Posted by Chica 
June 20, 2008 
Chica
 

Nothing ruins a pair of drawstring pants faster than when the drawstring gets pulled completely into the hole, where you can no longer reach the end to tie the pants. Use safety pin to replace drawstringIt’s nearly impossible to get that flimsy string threaded back through the opening!

Well, the next time that happens, just pull the drawstring out completely, attach a safety pin to the end, and push the safety pin into the opening. The safety pin will give you something hard to grip Use safety pin to replace drawstringthrough the fabric, and you can use your fingers to push it through the channel, and the string will follow. Before you know it, the safety pin will be coming out the other end and the drawstring will be once again in place.

This tip is useful for pajama pants, swim trunks, shorts, or jackets — anything with a drawstring. It will even work if you’re sewing new clothes and need to thread a piece of elastic through the waistband.

4 comments so far:

  1. Anne said: (December 8th, 2011 at 2:40 pm)

    I’ve always used a 10-15″ coathanger wire for this. I just worm it through with the cord attached and don’t have to strain my fingertips or pull on the fabric too much.

    For small items or sharp corners the wire can easily be curved to match the shape. Quick threading!

  2. Chica said: (December 8th, 2011 at 6:32 pm)

    Good idea, Anne. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Matthew said: (April 1st, 2012 at 4:55 pm)

    Also, pipe cleaners work pretty well for this.

  4. Chica said: (April 1st, 2012 at 5:16 pm)

    Thanks for the tip, Matthew!

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