Let’s talk pins! We will look at three common pins used in sewing: silk pins, glass head pins, and quilting pins. Sometimes we just need a pin quickly, and mostly any pin will do. However, when we are planning a garment sewing project, glass head pins are almost always the best pins for the job. Let’s explore everything you need to know about pins.
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Dritz 3009 Quilting Pins, 1-3/4-Inch, Yellow (500-Count)” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener nofollow”>Quilting pins have a long, thick shaft which can leave holes, marks, and pulls in your delicate fashion fabrics. While perfect for pinning through multiple layers that are common in quilting, they are not the best choice for garment sewing.
Silk pins with their narrow shaft are short, 1 1/16 of an inch or smaller with a small head, can be difficult to hold. They do not have a super sharp point. They can be troublesome to pin through some tightly woven fabrics and can damage your fashion fabric.
Glass head pins are perfect for almost every garment sewing project on your to-do list. They have a fairly narrow shaft and a sharp point making them the perfect choice for pinning pieces together. They are 1 3/8 inches long with a ball head making them easy to grasp. The long length helps to hold your edges together for seaming.
Make sure you pin perpendicular to your seam. You will get a better hold and it will be easier to keep your seam allowances matched up. Additionally, you can pull them fairly quickly as you sew along the seam. Also you can baste with them in the fabric if they are perpendicular to the edge.
Proper pinning and selecting the right pin for your project will make your sewing project more enjoyable. It will also lead to a more successful sew – no pin suck in your machine, edges stay put better, and they won’t ruin your gorgeous fabrics.
Everything you need to know about pins doesn’t need to overwhelming. Just stick to glass head pins and you’ll do great!