Yep, thereâ€™s a right way and a bunch of wrong ways.Â If youâ€™ve never quite been able to get the hang of figuring out which string to pull to open feed sacks quickly and easily â€“ stay tuned!
Sacks of feed are most often stitched closed at both ends with string. That means there are two tails of string at each of the four corners of the sack.Â Two of those eight tails are the magic strings – which when pulled, will unravel the stitching and open the bag. The other tails are duds, and wonâ€™t unravel the stitching, no matter how much time you spend picking and pulling at them.
Hereâ€™s how to find a magic string.
Usually, each end ofÂ a feed sack isÂ sealedÂ up with aÂ wide strip of paper or plastic folded over the end, with a row of stitching on top. On one end of the bag, either on the front or the back, thereâ€™s also a narrow marker strip of paper or plastic running underneath the row of stitching. Sometimes itâ€™s a contrasting color or is marked with an arrow printed on the bag, and is easy to find â€“ and sometimes not. On this bag of sunflower seeds, the marker strip is not easy to see because it’s black like the wider paper strip underneath it.
Once youâ€™ve located the marker strip, set theÂ bagÂ up with the marker strip at the top, facing you. The magic string is the loose endÂ on the corner of the bag to your right, on the side of the bag facing you. Grab that baby and pull!
The string stitching should unravel easily all the way across the top of the bagâ€¦and there you are!