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Thread: Beware cheap straight pins

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    Senior Member cat-on-a-mac's Avatar
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    Beware cheap straight pins

    I had a strange experience this afternoon. I had put a straight pin on a block just to mark the top, and apparently, I accidently ironed over the pin as I was pressing my seams. Later, when I went to remove the pin, it wouldn't budge! The pin has a ball top, and it evidently was painted, not solid plastic throughout. The paint must have melted and stuck to the fabric. I got it off w/o much of a mark, but all those pins went into my "dead needle" jar for disposal. In the picture below, you can see the little bit of paint on the shaft, which is a telltale sign. I have no idea where or when I got these pins, unfortunately.
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    Cathy

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    Yikes, I am sorry about the glob. My thrifty friend doesn't understand why I pay the high price for quality when usually the bargain will work. A local 4H leader said she used only glass head pins, you never know where the iron will strike.

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    I switched to the flower top pins after ironing over a plastic ball on a cheaper pin. It melted right to the fabric.

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    I bought a large container of Pins at Michaels and they were so dull. I took them back. Everything is getting cheaper and cheaper made, not price.
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    This is why I prefer glass heads.

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    thanks for the heads up
    Nancy in western NY

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    It was recommended to me to try Clovers fine patchwork pins. They have a glass head. I really like them a lot,except when stick myself. They are really sharp!

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    I am careful about this, but many on this board may not be as aware. thank you for mentioning this real problem.

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    Honestly there isn't any quality basic notion that will break the bank so why not buy the best. Fine glass head pins are worth it.
    Got fabric?

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    I never paid that much attention to my pins. I didn't know about glass heads. I will definitely check that out.
    Cathy

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