I'm no lady but I know how to do that.
Attach the string to a safety pin and work it back through by pinching
the end of the pin from the outside of the pants.
Or you could send a fish tape through your pants and attach the string
I've found 14AWG THHN to be quite handy stuff to have around. I just
used it to fish some wire through the hatch of my girlfriend's car. I
was wiring up the rear fog light, if you really must know (it's a VW
Corrado - yes, I hate people that drive around with their rear fog
lights on when it's not foggy; but it also bugs the crap out of me that
there's a switch on the dash from the factory with two positions and the
second position does nothing. Does that make me obsessive compulsive?)
Yes, I pulled some 14AWG stranded behind the THHN once I got it where I
needed to get it. Attempting to snake the stranded through directly
would have been like trying to push spaghetti through conduit.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
I'm no lady, but I have fixed this problem multiple times on various coats,
jackets, sweatshirts, and sweatpants. It takes a bigass needle. Cut the long
part off a coat hanger, or find a knitting needle or skinny disposable
chopstick. A piece of electricians fishing tape would also work, if the
holes are big. Tape the cord to the end in such a way that it doesn't make a
big lump, and gently work it back through the item of clothing. Once
through, disconnect the tool, and add knots or whatever to keep the cord
ends out in daylight. For sweatpants, I just tie the cord ends together, and
adjust them with another slipknot as needed. Note- always undue the
adjustment knot before washing, so it doesn't fuse solid like a kid's wet
You can still buy kid-size hoodies with strings? I thought they banned those
from the playground-ape sizes, due to strangle hazard. (Moot point around
here- the schools have banned hoodies, and the stores stopped carrying them.
Gang dress, ya know.)
Pin a small safety pin to the end of the drawstring and feed it through
the hem. If there is an eyelet and a safety pin won't fit through it,
wrap a narrow strip of duct tape around the string (like the end of a
shoelace) and feed that through.
Usually on the rack by the cash register :o) I almost bought my son a
sewing basket on my last visit - not ruffles and flowers, of course.
The search for needle and thread was longer than normal. Of course,
duct tape and wire will mend almost anything 'til ya' get to mom's.
If you have a needle and thread, fix the sweats after you get the
drawstring back in. Sew a couple of stitches on the back inside through
the fabric and the drawstring - then it will stay where it belongs.
I'm surprised nobody cussed you out for not posting at
My mother made up a sewing kit for me when I went off to college. She
used mostly things she had duplicates of by her age.
She put it in my father's old toiletry kit, not to make it manly, but
because she saved my father's stuff after he died and this was a way
to use that. Latch was damaged and wasn't really good for toiletries
I still have the kit 40+ years later, with the pin cushion, pins,
needles, spools of common colors fo thread, thimble, etc.
As to safety pins, I dont' think she gave me any, but the summer after
high school, I was a Fuller Brush man, selling brushes, toilet, and
cleaning supplies door to door. Somehow, I tore the seam in my pants
from 3 inches below the waist all the way to the middle back to front.
Rather than go home, I went to a store and bought about 20 pins on a
piece of wire. After I took off the pants, I put the safety pins in
the sewing kit, and they lasted me about 25 years before I used them
I'm male, but fixed my draw string on my hooded sweat jacket using a
coat hanger wire. Using a pair of pliers I put a small loop on one
end. When you're done, put bigger knots on the ends or tie the ends
together every time it's ready for the laundry.
I think next time my wife ask I'll tell her that this is a ladies job,
"Honestly I read it..."
The easiest way to do this is with the "fish tape" method but instead of
using real fish tape use some of the harder plastic line from a weed eat /
whipped snipper. It's worked like a charm every time.
What is it they say about the difference between men and boys ... the
price of their tools? The difference between men and women:
Guy: Have to go buy a new tool to do this.
Women: Fish something out of the drawer in the kitchen for this job.
Girls will generally suggest attaching the end of the string
to the largest safety pin you can find, and working it through
the casing. Me, I use fish tape. If you don't have fish
tape, use a bent coat hanger.
There must be a genetic factor to the choice of tools for this task. I
just asked my husband what he would use; coathanger!
It just dawned on me that there is an entire generation alive that might
never have seen a safety pin ... Pampers babies!
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