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How to Make a Garter Bar

A garter bar is a tool used with knitting machines to allow knitters to perform the garter stitch. Traditionally, knitters cannot use the flat beds of these machines to complete the garter stitch and must perform it by hand. The garter bar adds efficiency to this process and saves time. Commercial garter bars can be difficult to find and expensive to obtain. However, knitters can save money and frustration by making their own garter bars.

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  1. Cut the balsa wood to your desired length and width with an Exacto knife. The wood should be no more than 1 inch wide, and a length of 24 inches is sufficient. Cut both pieces of wood to the same size.

  2. Use a ruler and writing utensil to mark the wood every 8 millimetres, leaving 2 to 3 inches free at the end of the wood for handle space. Be as accurate as possible.

  3. Prepare the hair clips for attachment by opening them just enough so that the sides are parallel to one another. You can use a small pliers to straighten the angled tip on the wavy side.

  4. Apply glue to the marks on the balsa wood with a glue gun or wood glue. Press the flat side of the hair clip to the wood so that the looped end extends about 1 inch from the edge. Work slowly to ensure accuracy.

  5. Glue the other piece of balsa wood to the wavy side of the pins. Make sure to line up the second piece of wood with the original piece, so that the hair clips are sandwiched in between the wood. For additional strength, you can use 1/2 inch screws to secure the garter bar together.

  6. Tip

    Glue hair clips in small groups of three, so that the glue does not dry too quickly. Make sure the tips of the pins line up. Allow the glue to thoroughly dry before using the garter bar.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of balsa wood
  • Exacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • 2 packages hair clips
  • Small pliers
  • Glue gun or wood glue
  • Screws, 1/2 inch or shorter (optional)
  • Screwdriver (optional)

About the Author

Nicole Martinez began writing in 2010 and has since been published on various websites. She primarily writes about computer- and internet-related topics, especially those concerning website maintenance and programming.

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