Originally Posted by hammock_monk
Ggggrrrr! I'm on my second try on whoopies and still no joy. What a mess! Maybe I should have waited more than two weeks after cutting off my finger.
Some people make this look so easy but, for me, it's hard hard hard. I can't seem to get the amsteel compacted enough to pull a length through the bury. Once I get it in there it gets stuck. Then sometimes I can't get it out, either. All the while my amsteel is getting frayed and the color bleeds and fades. Ugh!
I think I'm gonna have to find one of those 'loop turner' thingies.
I tried to use the plastic needle, but didn't get very far. I then used a piece of wire. I am not sure the gage, but it still had its rubberized coat on it. It only needs to be about 20" maybe 24". I find that after picking out a few threds from the end and cutting them, that you can pinch the end of the whoopie into the end of the wire folded over. I find pulling better then pushing. I then incert the wire where needed and come out at the desired spot. I the put the cut end of amstel and pull it into the core. The hardest part for me is the initial hole. once its inside I dont so much as pull as I force the scrunched up amstel against the end of the wire. If its tight I roll the wire end ( with the whoopie end stuck inside) around in between my finger while I am either pulling the exposed wire end or pushing the amstel up over the tight spot. The best way I can describe it is to thing of a snake. How the snake wiggles and twisted to slide the meal down. I know I am not an expert but I have made 6 so far and done them all in a few minutes while watching tv.