How to Do a String Trick Called "Sewing Machine"

by Alexis Rohlin

A string trick, or a string figure, is made by wrapping a loop of string around your fingers in a series of interlocking patterns. The string is looped about the fingers and interposed between them to make figures such as a cup and saucer, a star, cat's cradle or a sewing machine. Unlike other types of string tricks, the sewing machine string trick is done by wrapping the string around your wrists and looping it around your fingers. Do the sewing machine string trick with a single piece of string.

Items you will need

  • String, 24 inches
Step 1

Tie the string ends together to make a large 24-inch loop. Wrap one end of the string around your left wrist in a single turn. Wrap the other end of the string around your right wrist in a single turn.

Step 2

Place your right-hand thumb and pinkie finger under the left wrist string where it is sitting under the palm of your left hand. Lift up the string so that it slides onto your right thumb and pinkie finger. Pull the string as you move your right hand away from your left hand.

Step 3

Place your left-hand thumb and pinkie finger under the right wrist string where it is sitting under the palm of your right hand. Lift up the string with your fingers, and pull the string as you move your left hand away from your right.

Step 4

Pull your hands apart to stretch the yarn out in front of you. There will be a part of the string stretching across your left palm and your right palm. Pick up the left palm string with your right index finger. Pick up the right palm string with your left index finger. Pull your hands apart to stretch the yarn out.

Step 5

Keep the strings looped around your fingers as you pick up the wrist loops with the opposite hand, and pull them up and off your wrists to make the "sewing machine" string figure.