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. )
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.
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.