Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28

Thread: To Pink or Not to Pink

  1. #1
    Senior Member JackieG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Sunny Southwest
    Posts
    510
    Who uses pinking sheers on their cuts and what is the benefit of it? How do you make sure that your sewing line is the same on each? I use the pinkers when I cut apparel patterns, but never thought of using them for quilting.

  2. #2
    Power Poster erstan947's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    11,985
    Blog Entries
    47
    I did a quilt recently that I wish I'd used pinking shears. It was qualith fabric from a quilt shop, 100 percent cotton but it unraveled really bad.

  3. #3
    Moderator Up North's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    North East Lower peninsula of Michigan
    Posts
    6,145
    Nope, It would be hard to match the edges I would think. Pinked charm squares were enough for me. Unless the fabric frayed a lot I would not pink them.

  4. #4
    Super Member Quilter7x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    north east
    Posts
    8,768
    Blog Entries
    1
    I either serge my fabrics or pink the edges before washing to keep them from unraveling. I definitely use them for clothing construction, but not for quilting other than the first washing.

  5. #5
    Super Member Pamela Artman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Michigan U.P.
    Posts
    1,076
    I only use pinking sheers on applique pieces. The advantage is that the notches act the same as clipping the seams to go around curves.

  6. #6
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    12,807
    Blog Entries
    1
    I like to stick to the 1/4" seam and I think a pinked edge would make it harder to keep it even.

  7. #7
    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central FL
    Posts
    4,852
    curved applique pieces are the places I generally use the pinking shears.

  8. #8
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    16,535
    Blog Entries
    36
    I use pinking shears because I hate things to unravel. I have no problem lining up the edge of the shear with my 1/4" foot. Blocks come out squared. Just takes a bit of practice and you will love to pink

  9. #9
    Super Member quilt addict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,237
    The speaker at our guild last night discussed this. She pinks because she hand sews everything using English paper piecing. So the paper ensures the piecing is accurate. She discouraged it for machine piecing because it makes it hard to get an accurate 1/4 in. seam.

    She pinks because her pieces are often carried around for a long time before they are quilted so it helps with the raveling. She also hand quilts all her quilts so they "live a long time as tops".

  10. #10
    Senior Member mrsjdt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    487
    Never thought of pinking shears acting as the "snips" on curves for appliqué...thanks!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.