Turning things items right side out can be tricky and at times very frustrating. Whether you’re turning long tubes, collars, pillows or In the Hoop projects they all have their own challenges and none are the same shape or size. Today I’m thrilled to introduce the EZ Point and Turner.
About a year ago I met with the Famore Cutlery guys to chat about an idea I had. Basically I wanted to re-imagine an old notion designed in the 1970’s which was no longer being manufactured. The idea was to take the basic concept of the original tool and give it a make-over.
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Fabric shown in the video is from Sariditty Paradigm by Hoffman fabrics.
Foam shown in video from ByAnnie.com
The EZ Point & Turner Make-over
When giving something a “make-over” it’s important not to overlook all the positives. Just like when remodeling a house – you start by looking at the foundation, or as the HGTV folks say, “Good bones”. Before we began on the make-over we asked ourselves, and my fans, lots of questions:
- What do we like about the original notion?
- What do we dislike about the original notion?
- What would we change/improve?
So how did we improve on this already pretty cool notion?
Here were the General comments:
- Hard to open
- Scratches my hands
- Snagged the fabric
- Handles too tight for fingers
- Shifts from front to back
- Over all pretty easy to use
- Basic concept was effective
- Multiple uses (garments, home dec and more)
Compare the original (left) to the new EZ Point & Turner
What are the improvements?
The biggest improvements were the things my fans commented on and then a few extras:
- Hard to open (Original comment)
- Added a true screw to make the tension controllable and easy to open
- Scratches my hands (Original comment)
- Added a soft handle grip
- Snagged the fabric (Original comment)
- Smoothed and rounded out the point
- Handles too tight for fingers (Original comment)
- Enlarged the handles by 1/2″ wider and 3/4″ taller
- Shifts from front to back (Original comment)
- Point now locks into groove
What does it do?
What doesn’t it do might be the better question.
First and foremost it is a point turner. Think of a pillow, collar, cuffs and turning them right side out.
Curves (use the pointed end to smooth out curve).
Tubes and straps!
Long straps! I was able to turn a 1/2″ tube right side out to 66″ long!
Interfacing applique. The construction method of placing the fabric (applique) right side to a woven fusible interfacing. Sew the shape. Cut around. Slit the interfacing and turn right side outs.
Manufacturing is exciting!
Designing a notion is a lot of fun but can also be stressful. We went through 4 prototypes. Each one got a little better and solved the initial comments and issues. The 2nd to last proto was definitely the best however there was still the issue of the notion slipping from front to back (in my opinion the worst of the issues).
It wasn’t until Brint and I were at Houston Texas for a show that we figured out the solution! Brint had a great idea of adding a groove for the point to lock into place. We drove 30 mins to an industrial area in Houston and found this mechanics shop. The nice man took his incredibly fancy equipment to drill a tiny hole into the tip of our tool. We crossed our fingers it would work and when it did we smiled so hard it hurt our faces! Brint paid the man $20 bucks for that tiny hole and it made all the difference.
Where to get it and how much is it?
There are two places to buy the EZ Point & Turner:
- Right here on my website
- Ask your local shop
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