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Thread: Cheap stiletto

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    Senior Member DebJ's Avatar
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    I found what I thought would make a fine stiletto at hobby lobby.:mrgreen: It is basically a sharp wire with a wood handle use for quilling with those narrow strips of paper. :lol: Only cost 2.95. Just thought some of you might like to know because all the other "stilettos" I have looked at were kind of pricey.

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    I find a little tool called an Awl very good ,better than the actual stiletto really.The one I have is put out by Clover , Wilma.

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    I use a bamboo scewer, if it doesn't get out of the way in time, my needle isn't broken. :wink:

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    I'm just wondering what you use these tools for? Sounds like it might be something to make my quilting life a little easier.

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    I, also, use a bamboo skewer for poking out corners and guiding the
    fabric while sewing. :-)

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    Deb, I use mine for controlling the fabric as it goes under the needle. You know how you have it lined up just perfect and when the needle hits it, it slips or slides and gets off the mark just a bit, well with a stiletto which is pointed at one end, you can hold the fabric down at the point the needle hits it because the point on the stiletto is so small and sharp you can get it right up there with the needle and control it so the needle goes just where you want it. I hope this helps.

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    Senior Member ddrobins1956's Avatar
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    What a great tip, I would never have thought of that on my own. You gals are great :D

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    I use a nut pick as a stilletto. You know the ones that come with a metal nutcracker (usually there are 4 of them plus the nutcracker in a set). I use the pointy end as the stilletto and the other end is good to help close safety pins when pin basting. It's a "two-fer"-two jobs for one tool.

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    Hi there,
    I too have checked out the price of stilettos and decided to "borrow" one of my hubbys old darts from his dart board. I found it works perfectly.
    Just an idea to share...
    amiswish

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    I'm still hooked on the "Sixth Finger Stiletto." It works better than anything else I've tried.

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    I used to use the point of my seam ripper for my stiletto but since I got a walking foot for my old Kenmore I haven't really needed to use my seam ripper (except for ripping seams of course) :D

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    I asked my dentist for a pick they use for cleaning teeth. He had some old ones. One end is very sharp and has almost a hook on it. I can "pin" the material as I am sewing with it and then as it goes under the foot I pull it out and grab some more fabric. The other end is a little more blunt and can be used as a stiletto also. I use it for lots of things. I make sure I keep a cork on that sharp end at all times! AND yes, I sterilized it before I used it! :lol:
    I do also use a bamboo skewer...I glue cute little beads on the top of a 6 inch skewer and give them to my sewing friends. If they become damaged, just sharpen them in the pencil sharpener.

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    Hello,I have always thought that a stiletto was to be used for marking quilting patterns.You can only use on 100o/o cotton and before you put your three layers together(top,wadding and backing) if you see what I mean.The marks stay a long time and of course need no removing after quilting. I have found lovely old stilettos at car boot sales or antique markets, mostly made of bone and some of them with lovely carved designs ,a great way of collecting items cheaply that preserve old crafts. Hope that helps,Happy Christmas, Letty

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    I have found that a nut pick from my nut cracker set works great also! You can find these at rummage sales really reasonable!

    My first post by the way! Who Hoo! :wink:

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    Rats, I saw the heading and thought we were going to talk about shoes!! :lol:

    I use a "t" shaped knitting pin.

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