I just wanted to let you know that I just popped 8 brand new pairs of hemostasts in my Etsy shop. These sell out fast so check out the listing right away if you don't already have this essential softie making tool.
Hemostats are my absolute favorite tool for soft toy and doll making. I use them every single day and I couldn't make softies without them.
Although they look like scissors, the blade is not sharp and is not used for cutting. Instead, it is used for grasping! Insert the forceps into a softie's body and grasp the farthest extremity. The forceps can clamp closed so you get a good hold. Then gently pull the softie right side out. Then grasp tiny amounts of stuffing and use your forceps to push the stuffing into the softie's body.
Once I began using hemostats my softie making took off because I was finally able to turn tiny sewn parts right side out without tearing them and I was able to stuff little fingers and toes! Once you begin using them you'll agree – hemostats are a softie making tool you cannot live without!
Here is a post I wrote about how to use hemostats. It includes short video demonstration.
It’s great to know I’m not the only one who absolutely loves hemostats! They make turning and stuffing so, so much easier, it’s a wonder how I ever got along without.