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Thread: Do you use a stiletto?

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    Do you use a stiletto?

    I've seen posts about stilettos and there seems to be a lot of you that use them. I never have. Until today. I had a big stack of 45 degree triangles to sew together. They're easy enough to chain sew by starting at the square end but the seam seems to veer off ( that's tricky to say and to type at the end. I was getting frustrated until I picked up my seam ripper and used the tip to hold the ends together as it went under the presser foot. That worked a lot better but not perfectly. Any suggestions on how to keep a good scant 1/4" seam all the way down the side of the triangle?

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    I have used a stiletto for years. Not sure I could sew without it! LOL! I use a quarter inch foot and move my needle over two positions. The foot has a little flange that the material is up against. Works pretty well for keeping a scant quarter inch.
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    I have a guide on my machine to get a consistent quarter inch. My problem is with the tail end of the triangle veering off from the guide. Where the fabric is wider I can hold it against the guide but as it narrows down there's nothing for me to hold on to.

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    I use a wooden skewer that I broke off some so it isn't too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce29 View Post
    I have a guide on my machine to get a consistent quarter inch. My problem is with the tail end of the triangle veering off from the guide. Where the fabric is wider I can hold it against the guide but as it narrows down there's nothing for me to hold on to.
    This is where the stiletto comes in handy.
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    I use the end of my seam ripper, since it works well I have not felt the need to purchase a stiletto.
    ~Dana~

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    I use my seam ripper, thread nips, pointed tweezers, hemostats, scissor point, whatever is handy when I need it! If I ever run across someone selling porcupine quills, I'm gonna get one just for the coolness factor!
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    I use my Great Grandmothers 8 inch Hat pin! Works great and is always sharp!

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    My favorite is an angled plastic cuticle pusher, but I use anything that is handy. I think the cuticle pusher would help with that end of the seam when sewing the HSTs. It has a little more surface that the tip of my seam ripper or my snips.

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    I use mine all the time!

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