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Thread: purple thing

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    About 2 years ago when I took my first qulting class, the teacher had a tool that she used to turn the stockings we made. She said it was called simply, "the purple thing." If I remember correctly, it was about the length of a crochet hook and had a flat end. The teacher said she used it lots for making corners pointy. The local quilt store used to carry them but no longer, and now my DIL wants one for Christmas. Does anybody know what I'm talking about or where I could get one? I swear, I haven't been drinking, although it has been tempting the last couple days. Thanks in advance.
    Julie

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    Julie,

    I think the real name for it is called The purple Thang. I would check Nancy's notions, Clotilde, or connecting threads. One of them should carry them.

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    http://www.roserushbrooke.com/that-purple-thang.html
    That Purple Thang

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    Yep, I have that purple Thang. Forgot where I got it. Maybe Clotilde or Keepsake Quilting carries them. Marge

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    I have one too, and it really is a useful little tool. It has a 1/4" on the flat end. Nifty notion!

    Helen

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    Ok, I'm curious. I saw the "thang" via the website listed in the response above...and what exactly do you do with it? If it's useful I'll get one for my friend as a stocking stuffer. Thanks

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    I use the 1/4" end for measuring, for holding fabric in place (like a stiletto without the sharp point), for turning fabric when 2 pieces are stitched together, to remove freezer paper from applique, to help push things in place while appliqueing or just plain sewing, and to help make square miters. Those are the things that immediately jump to mind. I'm sure I've used it for other things, but think I need more coffee to really kick start my brain!

    Helen

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    http://www.roserushbrooke.com/that-purple-thang.html

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    wow! thanks for this! great gift for my quilting buddies!

    off to order!

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    Think I need a thang or 2 myself.

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    I will have to order one, that looks like just the ticket! I've been using the shish ka bob sticks that you buy by the hundred. But this is way better looking. Gotta get it!

    Thanks, y'all

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    Thanks to all! I knew my fellow quilters would be able to help me. I'm going to order 2, one for myself and one for Michelle. In the class, we used it making paper pieced stockings. After we turned them, we used the thang to push out the edges for a smoother seam. Does that make sense? Anyway, they are handy and work better than a crochet hook.
    Julie :D :D :D

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    it does all that and for only $2.95?!?!?!?! such a deal!!!!!

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    I purchased one from jhittlesewing.com at wholesale price. I ordered a couple of them - good service from this website. Prices are good - you actually get the wholesale price instead of retail. There are many pages of sale items weekly and I get an email with a link. Hope this helps you.

    Push, poke, turn, stuff, anything. Use it to get into hard to reach places like doll fingers, collar points, or ends of belts.
    6 inches long
    retail $3.00 each
    wholesale $1.90 each

    Kay Kelly


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    I'm sure you can get it through mail order if your quilt shop no longer carries it. I will say that it is the greatest tool for turning any kind of point or corner. I use it exclusively and have for years. Can't be without it. When you order for your DIL, consider getting one for yourself. Have a great day.
    Ann.

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    Ordered 2 thangs and received them 2 days later. I'll start using mine right away. Thanks to all. :D

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