What's that on the star block I just made? It looks like a dental instrument! Nope, it's called the "Sixth Finger Stiletto" by Colonial Needle. And it may look strange, but it's a great little tool!
The Sixth Finger Stiletto acts as an extra finger, guiding your fabric under the sewing machine foot, helping you iron really small areas, helping turn under corners with applique, and keeping ribbon/bias tape in place. Most importantly, it saves your fingers!
Before I had this item, I used to place my fingers perilously close to the sewing machine needle and hot iron. I knew it was just a matter of time before I sewed through or burnt my fingers. This is much safer and easy to use!
|Sewing tiny 1.5 inch squares...safely.|
|Keeps fabric in place.|
|No hot iron near these hands!|
Some people use chopsticks to achieve the same goal. I like that this has two "fingers" to keep fabric perfectly positioned, is sturdy and is made entirely out of metal (perfect for hot irons). The official website even has examples of how to use the tool. I hope this helps, and feel free to write up your own "Terrific Tuesday Tools" post to share your favorite tools!