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My favorite sewing tool: wanna guess what it is?
These cotton pliers that dentists use is the absolute best!
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Date: 7/16/13 1:05 AM

Even if you have all the toys and gadgets, I bet that not many of you use this nifty notion. I use dentist's cotton plier for threading machine needles, dealing with sergers, doing everything that my fingers are too big to handle. It's the best. I don't know how much they cost, but it's SOOOO much better than tweezers and other stuff that are made for sewers. In fact, dentists and oral surgeons use it to stitch up intraoral soft tissue and gum. Maybe you should try being really nice to your dentist or dental hygienist next time you go for a checkup.It really is fantastic. The manufacturer's names are Patterson and Hu-Friedy. If you could manage to get one, you should definitely try it. Of course, I am not affiliated in any way. It's just such a nice sewing tool that I wanted to share this info.
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Date: 7/16/13 1:45 PM

I just searched for images of "dentists cotton pliers" and mostly large tweezers came up, plus a couple of other actual pliers type instruments. Is the tweezer-type what you have?

edited to add - maybe not? I just saw the "better than tweezers" part...
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Date: 7/17/13 0:30 AM

Quote: justgail
I just searched for images of "dentists cotton pliers" and mostly large tweezers came up, plus a couple of other actual pliers type instruments. Is the tweezer-type what you have?



edited to add - maybe not? I just saw the "better than tweezers" part...
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Date: 7/17/13 2:22 AM

Sure, here's an image. Mine does not have any brand name on it, though.
It looks just like a tweezer, but it's about 3-4 times the size of my eyebrow tweezer, and the tip is so much better for grabbing thread. The tiny interlocking grooves at the tip makes it better. I don't know how much they are because I got mine used from a dental assistant. All the markings and the brand name on mine disappeared from being autoclaved too many times. Still works like a charm. The one that I have has the angled tip like the first two images. To tell you the truth, I am not sure which of these are the one that I have. All I know is that mine looks like the first two images. HTH.

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Date: 7/17/13 7:25 AM

Oh neat, one of those came with my serger. I'll have to try it with the other machines.

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Date: 7/17/13 8:13 AM

I do like these. I have one too.

Plus I love my old hemostat an ER nurse gave me. It locks in place so you can pull and tug. Great for turning items, like collars.
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Date: 7/17/13 11:35 AM

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I do like these. I have one too.



Plus I love my old hemostat an ER nurse gave me. It locks in place so you can pull and tug. Great for turning items, like collars.

Yes, the hemostats are fantastic when you need something that locks onto the thread. I don't have one, but but plan on getting it.
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Date: 7/17/13 9:37 PM

My dentist gave me some piks to use. They are wonderful for scooting and holding down fabric under the presser foot, picking out stitches, and all sorts of things. I use mine every time I sew. That and my scissors are right next to the machine.

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Date: 7/18/13 2:33 PM

My serger came with something that "looks" like it as well, but it' only about 4" long, and doesn't have the serrated tip like the dentist one. The dentist cotton plier I have looks identical to the serger kit tweezer (forcep, plier) but works much better. Other forceps that I saw at fabric shops are also far superior to the ones that dentists and doctors use. I suppose these forcep manufacturing companies value dentist and doctors more than sewers. JMHO.
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