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Pins, I have lots of pins.  I need more pins.  I actually am looking to get a different kind than I usually buy.  I read a post one day about different pins that everyone used and of course now I can not find it.  What kind of pins does everyone use and do you have any input on not using some over using others? I figure pins are like the material.  Better quality of pins are gonna cost more but produce a better product. 

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Comment by Monika/NC on March 20, 2012 at 7:20am

Thanks for all the info on pins. 

Comment by Gaile Jenkins Northern BC on March 17, 2012 at 11:07pm

I used to use the long, thin, glass head pins, but have switched over to the flower head pins.  I find the flower pins to be good quality, long and thin, the flat head is easy to grab to pull out.  Being flat they don't get in the way as much...but I found out that you can sew through the plastic flower, LOL.  The only draw back I see is you can't iron over them - they will melt. 

Comment by Terry F on March 17, 2012 at 8:27pm

I thought I was the only one fussy about pins!  I mostly use the same ones that Janet/MO uses.  I do sometimes iron over them so I'm glad they have glass heads.

Comment by colorado13 on March 17, 2012 at 5:19pm

I use several types of pins and keep them separated on their own pincushion so I can grab the right ones for my project.  One kind I have been using for piecing lately are the flower head pins, because I can line up my double folded fabric ready to square up the edge for cutting strips and I can leave the flower head pins in the fabric while I use my ruler to cut and the fabric doesn't inadvertently shift. I also leave a couple pins in so if I need to cut more strips I don't have to realign the selvedges and fold.  Also the little white head applique pins are wonderful. Good question!

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 17, 2012 at 4:40pm

Thanks for asking this question.  I got an education reading your answers.

Comment by Pam/NY on March 17, 2012 at 10:09am

Great question...

Comment by Janet/MO on March 17, 2012 at 8:51am

My all time favorites are the IBC 1-3/8" glass head pins from Clotilde.  Quite a few quilt stores carry this brand also.  One thing I highly recommend to not do is use the thick pins you get at chain stores!  The thicker the shaft of the pin, the more distortion you are going to get so you are better off to avoid them. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 17, 2012 at 8:31am

You are right on with using better quality pins.  Glass heads do not melt when inadvertently ironed.  Finer pins are better for batik fabrics, leaving smaller holes.  Flat headed (flower) pins are very long and thin and work well with multiple layers, not causing so much distortion.  I even have some pins that have glow-in-the-dark heads so they can be found when dropped!  Applique pins are very short and the best ones have white heads, making them also easier to find.  I have "tons" of pins and try to use the correct one for what I'm doing.  Hope you find the ones that you really like.

Comment by Lynne on March 17, 2012 at 7:33am

Glass head pins get my vote.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on March 17, 2012 at 7:26am

I have lots of pins, some dating back in the 70's, dressmaker pins, applique pins, quilting pins, T-pins, you name it I got it.  As soon as one gets bent or rusted I get rid of it, and I still have lots of them.  Last year I went to a bargain outlet store and found packages of pins for only 25 cents each, dating back to the 50's, so I got those too.  I don't know how many times I have sewn dress only to realize that I have left pins inside the lining (ouch).

For applique, really use the applique pins, these are short and save your fingers a lot of hurt. I like to use the long pins with colored heads for holding patchwork pieces together as these are easier to find when done sewing.

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