Mystery tool? I have one of those!

Intrigued by a thread on the Stitchers Guild site titled ‘Mystery tool’ I had to look. I was amazed to recognise a gizmo given to me by a friend after her mother died – I hadn’t tried to do anything with it so the comments on the thread made me dig it out and try it. Sadly there are no instructions – or it was considered so obvious at one time that none were needed.

But what does it do?

It seems to have the pieces that Pina shows – but also has two needles which resemble hyperdermic needles (hollow centres) and a long needle threader. This has been in a drawer for at least 5 years so it was well overdue for investigation. With a little effort (and the help of a threaded loose needle) I was able to get the thread down the tube and within range of the threading aid. With the needle pushed onto the tube  I just pushed it through the fabric and left a loop on the back before pulling the needle back. I think if I had repeated the action it would have given a more secure marking but it really does leave a tailors tack!

Threading up
Tailors tack!

With a little practice I think this could be useful !

I have just checked You Tube and there is a video of an old commercial – this thing could be really useful – check it out. (P.S. Mine is not for sale!)

8 Comments on “Mystery tool? I have one of those!”

  1. melissa says:

    Ooh yeah I’ve got one of those – I was similarly puzzled when I first got it. But I’ve even got a pdf on my site of some original instructions, too:

  2. Glenda says:

    I had one of those and even used it for a while many years ago. I’m not sure if I got rid of it when we moved or if it’s nestling in the back of a drawer somewhere. Mine opened to hold a spool of thread so there was no rethreading.

  3. allisonC says:

    Oh! I got a modern version of one of these at a sewing expo years ago. I forgot all about it till now, as an avid tailor tacker it would sure come in useful, now where the heck did I put it!?

  4. Carolyn says:

    What an intriguing gadget! I’ve never seen anything like that before…
    Thanks for your lovely comment too, btw…

  5. cristina says:

    Could that thing be similar to this needle I have found in YouTube?
    Punch needle it is called. Have you already used it? Does it distort the fabric or not? It looks pretty rude…

    • It certainly looks similar but was marketed as a tailor tacker. I imagine you could use it in the same way if you didn’t thread the spool and just followed the instructions on the you-tube video you gave.
      I have used it to tailor tack on wool and it worked fine – no pulling – but I am not a big tacker so it remains just a curiosity in my work room!
      Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Mayra garcia says:

    Where do you get one of these tailor tack marks from?

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