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I use mine. Sometimes it is the real stiletto, sometimes "that purple thang", sometimes seam ripper, etc. Comes in handy to keep the fabric on path at the end of a block.
I use a chop stick that i put into a pencil sharpener and brought it to a point, its long enough that you dont have to fight and you can put pressure on it without it breaking
I use a Purple Thang. I have them stashed everywhere! I once ran over my finger, pad side up, and nicked my finger nail from the inside. I nearly passed out. After that, I never put my finger ANYWHERE near the needle. didn't know I put it near the needle before that, but guess I had to have done it to run over my own finger! Sheesh! (oh, and I had to have a tetanus shot too. )
Beth in AZ
Innova 22' with Lightning Stitch and Pantovision
Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain
I use a Purple Thang, works great.
I use the same as some others first thing at hand. Using an awl at present. Have bee known to use tweezers seam rippers especially a broken one. .It is far safer using anything other than your finger. I believe it is very pain ful sewing your finger.
Finished is better than a UFO
Quilter's Rule has porcupine quills if you should be at a show where they have a booth. They are neat. I bought a hand full to have one in every location where I have a machine.
I used a seam ripper for a few things but like many of you I dreaded the possibility of hitting it with the needle. I found a set of bamboo knitting needles for less than $5 and now I use them. I don't use one all the time, but they are very handy for small pieces and for binding. Now that I have gotten used to using one I do find I use it more.
I've used really thin knitting needles and my seam ripper.
So many good replies. With so many HST's to make I find myself trying different things. I might pick up the seam ripper, or use the tip of the scissors. I've tried guiding the triangle with my left hand, not removing my hand/fingers too soon but letting them glide to the left of the presser foot. I like the idea of using a soft tipped cuticle pusher as it would "grip" the fabric. I just need to find one of them. - This Board is great. Sure appreciate all your suggestions.