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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.
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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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    I use my seam ripper. Don't have room for another tool on my sewing machine.
    I think it would greatly help if you starch your fabric heavily before cutting.
    When you're sewing triangles like that you are sewing on the bias and it tends
    to get distorted.

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    there is danger off hitting the seam ripper and a piece of metal flying off as it is only thin--a true stilleto may be stong but a piece of broken needle may fly off--a shortened wooden skewer is more forgiving holds the fabric and may let the needle live on if they connect--my mate worked in E D loved telling me horror sewing stories

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    I use a double pointed bamboo knitting needle as a stilletto, I also use it a lot when I'm ironing if I want to press open my seams. I have a lovely metal stilletto that someone made me with beads, but I, too, have a fear of metal getting in the way of my needle and something bad happening.

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    I just use my seam ripper as well as a stiletto. As to hanging on to those triangles...I keep the index finger of my left hand up against the left edge of my foot with the fabric under that hand. Don't have an issue with it wiggling that way.

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    I use mine all the time also. I also use it when I do the machine side of my bindings. When I get to the corners to make the miter.

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    All the time

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    I bought one and seems I lost it right before I could use it. My cats may have had something to do with the disappearing also. It now be in a drawer, hard to keep up with it. I usually sew triangles out of a square and don't need it for that.
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    Yes. I'm learning to use one. I make them as gifts, but kept forgetting to keep one by the machine. They really come in handy for that last 1/2".

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    I have a Purple Thang. Had to buy it for a class one time and thought I'm never gonna use this. I seem to go in spurts. Guess it's whatever I'm working on but it will sit for a long time before I think I need it and have to search for it.
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    I can't sew without it. I have one made by an artisan, out of an acrylic pen blank and turned on a lathe. It fits well in my hand. The business end is not too pointy. I guide the patch thru to where it's going to disappear under the foot. The only time I don't use it is when I do curved piecing and I use a pair of bent tweezers for the last bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    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!
    Many years ago I got a porcupine quill as a gift from a quilting friend. Love it! I don't always use a stiletto, but sure am glad when I remember to!

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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.
    Alyce

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    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

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    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. )
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    I use a Purple Thang, works great.

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