Are you “on pins and needles” when it comes to, well, pins and needles? Do you give them any thought at all? They’re our smallest tool but have the most important
job. Without pins holding our fabrics in place, we’d have a terrible time creating our lovely projects.
plastic ball, no-melt flat, glass, quilting
the wonderful colors and fun shapes. But to find the correct pin for the task, you’ll
need to consider the pin’s anatomy and the project you’re working on.
Head should be picked based on the sewing task.
- Metal Flat Head: Small solid metal pin. Great
for handwork and pinning appliqué pieces.
- Plastic Ball: Colored ball, pearl, and glow
in the dark. Sized for many different purposes. Plastic ball may melt if
pressed with high heat.
- No-Melt Plastic Flat Head: Extra long, fine
pin with a flat head for eyelet, lace, lofty and loose woven fabrics.
- Glass Ball: Thinner, sharper pin with a glass
head that won’t melt.
- Quilting: Longer pin for holding thick layers.
Shaft diameter should not leave large holes in your fabrics.
- .5mm – fine to lightweight fabrics
- .6mm – medium-weight fabrics
- .7mm to .8mm – medium to heavy fabrics
trigger a debate much like “to wash or not to wash” fabric.
Pins will be close to the cutting line, but you won’t accidentally hit them and
ruin your expensive scissors.
be placed right where it’s needed, you can sew right up to the pin before removing it, pins are easy to see and pull out, and if you accidentally miss a pin chances are it will clear the machine needle.
enough to the pinned seams before removing the pin. This would leave too much
of a chance that the seams will shift before being sewn.
The pins fall gently into the folds of the fabric with less chance of stabbing you.
- Always toss out dull or bent pins.
- Never sew over pins.
- Don’t leave a pin in the fabric for long periods of time. This will create permanent holes.
Until we meet again, I’ll leave you with a bit of fun. I think you’ll be amazed at how graphic designer Christophe Thockler used his pins and thread for this VIDEO!
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Carol Steely, FunThreads Designs