Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
-Anais Nin
I wanted to show you a tool I love for all my machine piecing but it really makes my skirt fly up when I am doing machine applique’. I love me some stiletto…

It is great for guiding the fabric under the presser foot. You can keep the fabric in perfect alignment almost until it reaches the needle!

Someone you know has managed to sew her finger on 3 separate occasions. Yes people I have pierced and my finger…sewn it into the mac
hine! While this causes extreme pain and results in some ugly words being spoken at Silver Thimble Headquarters….I found the solution was to use the dang stiletto. It works too! I happen to be one of those quilters that gets up close and way to personal with my sewing so it is safer for me to use the stiletto. It is also a good idea to make sure you have your tetanus shots up to date. (well in my case anyway.) I do not recommend that you use the stiletto for stabbing food or scratching a bug bite. Use it for its intended purpose. I’m just sayin!


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    So where did you first meet that pretty little stiletto?

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    Seems like a good idea! I am sometimes grabbing a straight pin to use as a mini stiletto, but I still get too close to the machine needle that way!

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    Oh yes I use one all the time.

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    LOL, you mean it isn’t good for spearing a cheeto? :-))

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    I love my stiletto….they work wonderful….

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    Seems like a good idea!
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    Hi! I hear you on the machine applique! I think I might have to get that stiletto for myself. I haven’t sewn my finger yet, but I know that day is coming!

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    up close and personal–when the thread takeup arm whacks you in the forehead! It’s a huge surprise, but not near as painful as sewing your finger. I had an internet friend who was fixing her pants (in her underwear) and accidently sewed her finger in the machine, and could not get the needle out. Ended up calling the EMT’s who were the GUYS SHE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH. Yup, in her underwear with the sewing machine attached to her finger. They ended up taking the machine and all to the emergency room. I never asked if she had her good underwear on!

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    I have always loved this hand little tool! Have a great weekend. blessings,Kathleen

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