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Sally Bickley posted on Tue, Oct 19 2010 2:08 AM

Hi quilters,

 I need a stiletto. What is the best kind? I kind of cringe when I think about using metal, won't it poke through my fabric? And will wood be pointy enough? I've been using a bamboo skewer, but I'm ready to upgrade. I'm heading to the Houston Quilt show, and I should be able to get pretty much any kind there. 

Sally from Corpus Christi

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Thea replied on Tue, Oct 19 2010 4:44 PM

Barbara:

Thea ,I tried to order some Blades from Andrea,but she doen't seem to be on this site any more .Or at least that's what I've been told...Barbara

I don't think Andrea has any more blades to sell - she has been sick and is not here at this time... we need to pray that soon she will be back joining us.  I am hoping that she is checking in now and again - and will be better soon.  I email her once a week and have tried to call her but haven't had a response yet. 

If you need blades, I think Helly had some good sites to buy them at.  I got mine last year from Nancy's Notions and now have the Grace company sharpener which works magically for me... although don't take my word for it because some people don't like it at all - mine works fine though.

 

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Thea replied on Tue, Oct 19 2010 4:45 PM

Sally, one other thing I use for my stiletto is my seam ripper - was just thinking about that when I saw Barbara's question!

 

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I have a metal one from clover, and i like it.

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Oh and welcome to qca Sally.

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Barbara replied on Wed, Oct 20 2010 10:52 AM

Thea, thats what I've been using ,is my seam ripper ,seems to do the job just fine.Barbara

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Thea replied on Thu, Oct 21 2010 6:20 PM

Barbara - I usually have my seam ripper right next to my machine but I use all different things...teehee...I bought the metal stiletto from EB when I got a package deal of stuff  from her but have quit using it as I broke a couple needles - then I used the shishkabob sticks and they did great - if I had it to close to the needle at least it just poked the needle... now when I use my seam ripper I am real careful not to get to close to that needle...teehee... and it does a great job.  I think I could even go back to the metal stilleto now and wouldn't be so much in a rush... teehee... I am much more patient these days.

 

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gini replied on Fri, Oct 22 2010 12:15 AM

hi sally welcome    i use my seam ripper, because i can usually find it.  my awls tend to hide    gini

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I just bought Alex Andersons 4 in one tool. I think I'm going to like it. It's large enough not to lose easily and has a stiletto,seam ripper, flat wooden pressing tool and a soft edge wood turner for poking out corners and edges for applique. I'll post if I decide I don't think it was worth it. The "caps" that pull off to expose the stiletto fit very snugly, which is good since they are what you use for the pressing  tool and turner. I'd hate to have them falling off when I wanted to use them.  I had that keep happening with a lighted seam ripper I bought.  The seam ripper part kept falling off. That's annoying!  

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I would be lost with out my stiletto.  I use the clover brand.  It has a plastic handle witha small black grip part on it.   I bought it at the local quilt shop but had to order it. They also make the unsewer(seam ripper) with the same gripper handle.   I especially like it for using like a pin when sewing close to the presser foot.

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Sally,

Since you say you're ready for the next step up, go for the stilletto.  I've never regretted it and I find I use it for more and more other things. 

I personally prefer it over a seam ripper, because the seam ripper does tend to poke thru the fabric when I don't want it to do so.

There are all kinds of stillettos out; do you have friends who will let you sample theirs?  That would allow you to really determine what you want.  I, too, have the 4-in-1 product and love it.  (Personally, I've found I prefer the narrower point over an awl.)  If you really can't find what you want @ your local stores, you can get it from JoAnn's on-line and Herschnerr's.  (Here's another secret.....most of the tools we use in quilting were originally used by our husbands in their tools for carpentery, etc.  Thus, you can often find what yoiu want at a hardware store.  Doesn't look as pretty, but can even be cheaper.  I used my husband's finest point awl for a long time.)

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ANNAT replied on Mon, Nov 15 2010 1:24 PM

Hi,

I have a wooden one that I really like.  Not sure what brand it is, but am pretty certain that I got it at JoAnns several years ago.

 

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Hi

I have an awl and I would not be without it. I use it all the time.I have an  empty nut can on the back of my sewing machine table and I put all my tools in there so they are right at my fingertips all the time.

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I've used the tip of my seam ripper to guide things through.  Not the best thing probably, but it works.

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Hi Sally,

I have both a small metal stiletto with a wood handle (got at an estate sale) and bamboo skewers. I use both, and get great results. I don't have a problem with poking through when I use to guide fabric under my machine needle.

 

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Answered (Not Verified) Brenda H replied on Tue, Nov 16 2010 10:50 AM
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I just use the short bamboo skewers and my piecing is much more acurate.  They have nice sharp points when new and I think I bought my pack for less than $2.  My biggest problem is laying them aside, then can't find it when I need it.  To solve that problem, I keep several out at a time.

 

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