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A bodkin is a handy tool to have but not a must-have item. It is a tool that helps replace drawstrings and other items that are enclosed in a casing.
An assortment of sewing bodkins and information about them.

Bodkin

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Description: A bodkin looks like an over-sized sewing needle with a blunt point and a large eye.

Use: A bodkin is designed to pull an item (such as elastic, ribbon, cording or drawstring) through a casing. The blunt point, sometimes a ball point, prevents the bodkin from piercing the fabric casing, while guiding the pulled through item, through the casing.
If you do not have a bodkin a safety pin can be used to pull the item through a casing. It is just a bit more difficult to grasp and guide than a bodkin.

Care & Maintenance: No special care is required.

Available Options: As you can see in the photo, a bodkin can have various textures. The varying textures allow for choices when working with different fabric types. For example; when trying to place a drawstring through a slippery fabric, I would be more apt to grab the textured bodkin so that I could gain a better grip on the bodkin as it passed through the casing.
A bodkin may also resemble large tweezers. You grip the item being pulled in the tweezers and slide a ring down over the tweezers to hold it in place, so it can be threaded through the casing. This is very helpful for an item that is too bulky to be doubled over itself when it is in the eye type of bodkin.

Expense: A bodkin typically costs under two dollars. As new products are designed with more details, the prices will increase to meet new innovations.
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