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    What is a Stillito (can't spell it)

    What is a stilleto and how is it used? I know I spelled it wrong, but hope you know what I mean.

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    It's a very sharp pointed tool. Some people use them for help guiding small pieces of fabric through the sewing maching; sometimes for pushing corners out; sometimes for picking out stitches too tight to get the seam ripper under. Looks sort of like an ice pick! Hope this helps

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    Some have a double pronged end. I have one that has one flat and one pointed end set up like a fork.
    You can use it to hold down small pieces when pressing to avoid burning your fingers.

    There is also a pointed needle that fits over your finger called a trolley needle. Used to be used for heirloom sewing before the new machines embroidered a lot of the fancies. I found one at a quilt show. The lady was doing a demo of turn needle applique. Quite an interesting technique.

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    I use my stiletto to help guide fabric under my sewing needle, especially when I have a longish piece and need to ease in a little fullness. And as already stated, it is great for helping those tiny pieces under the needle. Hmmm will have to try it at the ironing board too. Thanks for that tip Weezy Rider.
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    It looks like a very pointed chop stick. A lady in my quilting group uses porcupine quills as one. She bought them for $1 at a outdoor festival. Strange but true!
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    I used a bamboo skewer broken in half for my stiletto, works fine and cheap to buy. I received a Purple Thingy at the guild and I use it also but my default is the broken in half bamboo skewer. Check the klitchen you might already have a stiletto in there
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    I use my Grannys old ice pick it has a nice tear drop handle the bigger part being the place to hold it and the smaller end attached to the pick I love it as it is easier on my hand to hold it.
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    I use the nut pick that came with the nut cracker set. Chop stick and seam ripper works very well also. Lots of "pointy" things will work.

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    You can use almost anything with a pointed tip. I found the ones that are slightly blunted work best for me., my favorite has a point like a tapestry needle. I cannot piece without this tool in my hand! Really helps to keep the trailing edges together all the way up to the foot. Your fingers are too big, and they shouldn't be that close to the needle anyway!
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    I use my seam ripper in a pinch, but I have also broken several in the process. I like to buy the cheap ones and they break pretty easy. I always buy several at a time so I always have one near-by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    I used a bamboo skewer broken in half for my stiletto, works fine and cheap to buy. I received a Purple Thingy at the guild and I use it also but my default is the broken in half bamboo skewer. Check the klitchen you might already have a stiletto in there
    Me too! I have a Purple Thingy but have never used it.

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    *sigh*
    I know what one is, but I don't use it....Am I the only one? Maybe I should try it, just always looked awkward to me on the quilting shows I've watched.

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    I have a few things , some Dentist like tools, some have straight points and some are bent, but still use my fingers for the tiny pieces.
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    I have a bamboo one and I use it a lot. Not only for getting the fabric under the needle properly, but I also use it to sweep thread out from under the feet when I've just changed a bobbin, and to grab the little loop of top thread my self-threading thingy on my machine makes behind the needle when I thread it. Also to catch the little loop of bottom thread when pulling it up through to the top at the start of FMQing. I used to always use little pointy scissors for these jobs until the time I accidentally bumped the needle down button while my scissors were under the needle and shattered the needle into 3 pieces....one of which would have hit my eye if I didn't wear glasses! Scary! So now I just use wooden things around the needle; it seems a lot safer.

    I have a bamboo skewer that is very pointy that is my favorite, but I also have a couple of narrow-ended chopsticks that will do in a pinch. I really hate sewing without my skewer!

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    I use a double pointed bamboo knitting needle as a stilletto. I use it a lot to hold seams down while I'm pressing to keep from burning my fingers.

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    I have one of the double ended one and I use it all the time! I love it!

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    Yep the bamboo skewers, you can buy at whole package at the dollar tree for a buck. Lots of wooden stilletos for a buck. Best of all, if yr needle hits it as oppose to the metal one, it doesn't break the needle. You just sharpen it and on you go.

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    Yea, I have the purple thing too, never use it.

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    I love mine would not want to be without it!!!

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    purple thangy is ok but mine keeps loseing its self!--bamboo skewers work for me less broken needles always one available cheap as -i keep my metal stilleto[cant spell it either] for pushing holes through tough fabric /leather etc which is its other use

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