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Thread: Do you use a stiletto?

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    I've used really thin knitting needles and my seam ripper.
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    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.

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    On my last trip to USA a very kind lady gave me a porcupine quill, it is great I would hate to be with out it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    I use my Great Grandmothers 8 inch Hat pin! Works great and is always sharp!
    EIGHT INCH!!!! OMG! That was a first-class weapon. Gale force winds would keep that in place! Awesome!
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    I didn't, but with a quilting table I have to. I purchased a new machine which has a small extended table. On my other machine I could get my hands in there with clearance, but that's not the case with the new machine. (I'm right handed so why does a left side table limit, I do not know.)
    I saw a link on how to make them. I made a few using beads and turkey lacers. I actual glued 2 lacers together, stuck some beads on so I could grip the lacers better and it works like a charm. I don't feel like I'm crawling into machine anymore.

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    I love my stiletto - once you get used to using one it is like an extension of your hand and you don't know what you did without one. Very useful when doing curved piecing - you can coax those edges together as you sew and you don't have to use many pins.

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    I use a stilleto, or the seam ripper, or a cuticle stick, or.... I find I prefer a really pointy thing rather than something with a rounded point since if I need the stilleto I need something that really holds. I like something narrow that can get almost all the way to the needle -- and I sew the last stitches really slow. I also find that using a scrap of farbric at the end of the point and sewing onto the fabric scrap keeps me from having wobbly points (and I can angle the scrap to fit snugly against the triangle).
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    I use my stilleto a lot, but other things have come in handy for me such as the purple thang, bamboo stick, etc. It is far better than having a needle go through my finger, nail and all. That happened when I was a teenager...one of the best learned lessons, smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    I use mine all the time!
    That goes for me too. I have "that purple thang" + one from Eleanor Burns. I have more than 1 machine so I keep
    one at each machine. Comes in handy for so many things.
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    I use my seam ripper most of the time. I also have a pair of tweezers that I keep handy and they work, too.
    Pat

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    I use a small flathead screw driver, it does a great job of holding the seam flat as it goes under the foot. It is easy to access in front tool chest on my machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanny quilts View Post
    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 have several wooden "sticks" that have been sharpened in a pencil sharpener. An ordinary wooden dowel works also. I have them in different lengths and different thicknesses. Also, if you use the pencil sharpener, you can sharpen BOTH ENDS. That is very helpful.
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    Where do you start your Binding? (Straight no angles)?

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    YES get one. I use a long quilting pin if I can't find mine when I'm sewing

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    I use a corsage pin. Cheap and effective!
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    I use an orange stick that you find in the personal care section of a store. They are used for manicures and have a sharp tip on one end and an angled tip on the other. They are made of wood. Inexpensive and works great.

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    Bonnie Hunter's site has instructions for making a beaded stiletto out of the needle you use to close a turkey you're roasting (does anyone do that anymore?!?) http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/...stilettos.html

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    I use a sitello all the time. Best tool I ever bought.

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    Love the idea of the porcupine quills. They are super pretty. Just ordered some from etsy. Yeah.

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    I have an old metal cuticle pusher (has flat end and pointed end) and I use my seam rippers. Pencils (eraser end). Depends on the fabric.

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    I use my stiletto esp. joining the end of pieces with points such as trianges.

    Another trick that I was taught is to use a trailing pin. You put the pin in point first at the pointy end where you will end sewing. The pin should be to one side of the where you sewing machine needle with go thru the fabric. As the feed dogs pull the fabric away from you, just hold the top of the pin and slowly let it slide out of the fabric as the fabric moves.

    You will finish with a perfect 1/4 inch seam rather than one that veers crooked. Works like a charm. Just be sure your sewing machine needle doesn't hit the pin. I hold the pin start helping it extract before the machine needle reaches it. Stitch slowly at this point.
    CMC

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I use a wooden skewer that I broke off some so it isn't too long.
    This is what I use... I cut them in half, put cut one into pencil sharpener to get the point on it too and then have plenty of them. With these it is a bit safer ifi it gets under the needle

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