Everything You Need To Know About Pins

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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Pin Types

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.

everything you need to know about pins
Quilting Pins

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. 

everything you need to know about pins
Silk Pins

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.

everything you need to know about pins
Glass Head Pins

Pinning Tip 

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.

everything you need to know about pins
Pin Perpendicular to the edge

Proper Pinning

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!

Happy Sewing,

Sandi Barrett

24 thoughts on “Everything You Need To Know About Pins

  1. I prefer quilter pins for all my sewing needs and have been using them for sixty years. The pins with smaller heads are always harder to get out of hems and such so I don’t use them unless that is all I can find.

  2. I appreciate your information, while I haven’t done much sewing or needle work in a long time, this was a very helpful refresher course.

  3. Funny – when I read the title, I thought, “Oh, good! Info about Pinterest!”
    As a former embroiderer and quilter, and sewing of easy things like drapes – I appreciate your insights about pins. I used to have my grandmother’s old pin cushion shaped like a tomato – remember those? Are they still around?

  4. I didn’t know there was so much to pinning. I usually just stick them in the fabric and hope for the best! This is great info though and I’ll be using pins differently in the future!

  5. Great lesson on pinning! My great aunt was a seamstress and showed me how to pin when I was quite young. I inherited her old Singer when she passed. I’m hoping my daughter will use it someday!

  6. Great info! I know the importance of pinning. I used to sew most of my clothes and clothes and toys for my kids. And my mom is still an excellent seamstress. I have such vivid memories of her from my childhood, with pins held in her mouth!

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