Thursday, January 19, 2012

TOOL time with Pétra from Sew Paint Create and her special ......

Hello my name is Pétra I blog over at Sew Paint Create and I am Creative Mom2010 on Flickr. I am so happy to be joining in on the tool fun with the amazing Madame Samm! I've already learned about some new tools I'll be adding to my quilting routine. I hope mine comes in handy for you as well.



 I randomly bought my favorite tool one day when I had a coupon at Joann's. You all know what it's like looking at all the toys with 50% off flashing in your head. I saw this little guy and thought it would be handy for turning out corners and it is. Little did I know the real purpose for this tool is binding and it helps keep my corners nice and tidy. It's the Machine Quilters Friend, The Ultimate Stiletto by Fons and Porter! The name just cracks me up but it is the Ultimate! 




This is a little mug rug I made and the binding was cut at a scant 1 1/4". I don't always machine finish my binding but on some mug rugs, potholders, place mats or runners I do. What makes this tool so successful is the stiletto is coated with rubber, it's not plastic, so it doesn't slide on the fabric it grips it. 




The point is also narrow enough to get in the center of the foot to hold the fold of your corner down when your approaching corners. 






Yes and it's still great for giving you pointy little corners! 


 Features of the Ultimate Stiletto

  • Great ergonomic handle with support for your finger.
  • Rubber coated stiletto holds fabric in place with no sliding.
  • Gets into little places for turning bags and such.


The only drawback I've found


  • Don't let your 10 year old play with it! The rubber on the tip will tear if banged against a hard object then the metal is exposed. Now I have two but they are still both handy.


Thank you again to Madame Samm for bringing all these new quilters together with more experienced ones. I'm not sure where I fall in the mix but I am happy to be here!



Pétra

28 comments:

  1. That definitely sounds like a handy tool! I may have to look for one for myself. Especially for those pointy corners!

    ~Linnea

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  2. Now this sounds like a "must have" tool. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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  3. Wow I was wondering what kind would be best to get since I never had one. And I have one of those coupons you are talking about...thanks so much.

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  4. Sure could have used that making my Drunkards Path quilt!! I will have to watch for it. Thanks for the review.

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  5. will look today when I go to Joann's... have my coupons ready :) Thanks for introducing a new tool to me ;)

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  6. Good Morning Petra...now I would not have thought of this...and your box there is perfect. perfect points for sure. thanks for sharing with us today...YOUR photos were perfect ..question is it better to have a plastic end vs steel?

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  7. ohhh it is rubber...not plastic..ok, I think that would be better...thanks my dear...I want one of these....lol

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  8. Hmmm, I don't think I've ever used fusible interfacing, and I think the last time I even used interfacing was around 40 years ago when I was 14, taking home-ec, and made myself a hotpants outfit, LOL. Just purchased the F&P stiletto, but haven't tried it out yet!

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  9. I love it. I will keep a look out for one of these.

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  10. Good Morning Madame & Petra,

    I need to get caught up on all these handy dandy tool Blog post, but this one certainly is a Keeper and I have to find one!! I just have to have sharp corners!!

    Thanks Petra for sharing this tool with every one :D

    Huggs, Nancy

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  11. This sounds a great tool! is it available in the UK??

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  12. I am so glad you all like the tool I think you will find it very handy!
    Gill I clicked on the link and F & P will ship internationally, the tool is a reasonable $7.99 US hopefully you can find it on a local site and not have to pay the shipping.

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  13. Thank you! I've tried all kinds of things for stiletto, but none worked the way I wanted them to for the reason you said: they slip on the fabric. The rubber is perfect! I'll be getting one soon.

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  14. I love this presentation of must-have-tools :-)

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  15. thanks so much for the handy tip on your little tool. It looks like a gotta have tool for quilting and sewing

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  16. Awesome tool! I'm on my way to look for one!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Great idea for my next Joann coupon, it is always hard to choose! Thanks!

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  18. I love the stiletto idea.

    I used Pellon in some form for all my bags. I like the fusible fleece for my market totes.

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  19. I was wondering if anyone knew if this was made out of natural latex rubber or silicone. I am allergic to latex, and often alot of the cool grippy stuff I can't use. It sounds great. I use a wooden one now, but grip would be so much better for me. My hands don't always behave as I wish them to, so anything that helps with grip is excellent for me.

    Also, does anyone know if it has a heat rating? I was just wondering if you could use it near the iron. I have a hard time with ironing and I need all the help I can get. Because of my hands not working at 100%, I really need to keep them back around the iron. This is difficult when working with small pieces and I have to use a stiletto when doing this.

    Great post. If I had to judge just from your post, I would rate you up there with the experienced ones rather than the new ones. Sew many people with this (Pick one of the following: Life-style, Obsession, Habit, Addiction, Hobby) called quilting, never can realize just how good they are. You need to give yourselves much credit for all that you do. I have never seen any bad quilting on this blog yet. :-)

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  20. What a handy tool that must be :)

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  21. That looks like a great tool! I sure hope there is a 50% coupon in my future....I know what I'll choose!

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  22. Thanks for this information! I'm sure to get one and use it often. This post was very well done to help me understand how to use it.

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  23. I will be looking for one of these...I use my small scissors too often..thanks for sharing this idea!! and brand.
    KD

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  24. Great info on a new to me tool Petra. And that little boxy zip is fabulous!!

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  25. Great tool! I like the idea that it grips!

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  26. My goodness, you sure are having a bad day! Hope your headache goes away soon and those songs stop "worming" around in your head.

    It's not nice to pick on people....

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  27. Thanks for shearing the idè :-)

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