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Posted 4 years ago

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I was digging through a box of old sewing things and found this kit of sorts. It's in a nice embroidered cloth folder with cardboard inserts to keep it stiff. It looks like it might be from the 1930's or 40's. But I can't figure out what they might be for. I thought they might be for threading elastic in waist bands, but one lady said they might be for tatting. I did find a tatting shuttle in the same box, but I haven't seen any tatting tools like this before. I would love to know what they are.

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  1. Karen, 4 years ago
    The picture is not very good, but it looks like a set of bodkins. I cannot make out everything, looks like some kind of button (?) on the bottom-center and perhaps a stiletto, for punching eyelets on the right. Bodkins are used to threading ribbon (or elastic) into fabric casings or in and out of holes in fabrics or lace for a decorative drawn in edging. The embroidery is of Arts & Crafts style, dating it to roughly the 1920s, perhaps a little earlier. http://www.threadwinder.info/
  2. susanstice, 4 years ago
    Thanks Karen! I also found another old sewing find in that same sewing box. It was called the "Singercraft" and it came from the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago. Pretty cool little piece of sewing history. I should post that on here too!

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