Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Perfect Sewing/Quilting Stiletto

I have been on a quest to find a good stiletto to use for my quilting.  I have found them to be very useful in getting accurate piecing in my quilting and also to protect my fingers.  I have found the Clover stiletto to be very comfortable and a reasonable price.  I lost mine a month or two back and haven't been able to find one in my area to replace it.  So I have tried a few others that have been available and have not been satisfied with the feel in my hand or the cost.  I also tried a bamboo barbeque skewer which was nice but broke easily.

So I accompanied my husband to the hardware store last month and thought that there might be something there that would work and not be so expensive.  We stopped at Harbor Freight, which has nice prices.  This is what I found:

This is a two-piece O Ring/Hook Scribe Set.  It cost $3.99.  I have been using the straight end as a stiletto, and it worked incredibly well.  It has an etched orange handle that fits in the hand well and does not slide around.  I just love it.  I have seen brass stilettos like this for sale for $13 in sewing catalogs.  I have even used the curved ends for difficult to reach pieces of lint in my bobbin area.  I am sure that I will find many other uses for those hooke-shaped ends as time goes by.


This one is a Reamer Tool for a Circuit Board and cost $1.99.  I have not used this one yet, but I have had it out of the package and it feels wonderful in your hand as well.  This one is smooth and has a point on both ends.  You can hardly beat the cost.

I will bet that the makers of these tools never thought of this use.  Give them a try, and I think you will love them as much as I do.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE the new blog and especially the clever name! Hope this one brings you just that...PEACE! Look forward to reading...going to subscribe as a follower right now!

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  2. Deb - Shirley told me about your new blog. This is very nice. Now I have 2 blogs that I can check out - this one and RAQG (which I use all of the time)

    Thanks,
    Donna Widerquist

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