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Thread: Pins and sewing machines

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    Super Member crkathleen's Avatar
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    Do you remove your pins or do you sew over them on your machine? I use the fine glass headed ones and sew over them. Sometimes they do bend. Am I causing any problems for my machine? Thanks

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    I sew over mine all the time. When I am approaching a pin I just slow way down and usually just stitch right over it.

    Everyone says to remove the pins because when you hit one it can break your needle and sometimes throw your machine out of time. But if you are careful you should be able to avoid those problems.

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    Kathleen, I do not pin very often and I ALWAYS remove my pins before I get to them. If you sew over a pin and your needle hits it, it can damage your sewing machine motor and can be expensive to repair (don't ask me how I know!! :wink: )

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    On the 70's machine I used for years, I could go right over them, but have broken needles on newer ones. I seldom pin, either, except for curves.

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    Wow........I do both....depending on the situation....if I pin to keep my seams to marry so I have nice points...don't make much since in taking them out....I have hit many with different results...broken needles and bent pins....I have used my machines for 20+ years and no problems....and I have sewed many things from quilts to cloths and crafts.....I took Home Ec in schoool some odd years ago and it was taught to us to sew over them......But now my quilting girls has a hissy when I don't take my needles out and I'm a pinner....so in my judgement for whatever it is worth.....do what works for ya.....juat change your needle more often.....:-).....

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    I never sew over pins (clearing throat, rolling eyes & fingers crossed behind my back) :wink: ! Actually, I usually do try to pull them out just before the needle if it looks close & always go slow slow slow as I approach them. I've bent pins & broken needles in the past too.

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    I seldom use pins. If I need to pin fabric before sewing I use glue.

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    I am one that sews over her pins!! :D As I am doing that, I always do slow down & ease the needle over the pins. It seems to work great for me.
    Hope this is of some help to you.

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    I have two 30+ year old machines. I sew over the pins. If I had a newer, more delicate (read "pricey") machine, I'd probably reconsider. In home ec almost two decades ago, we were told to just sew over them slowly.

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    we really shouldn't sew over our pins. it's dangerous. if you don't wear glasses anyway, then you should put on some safety glasses to protect your eyes in the even a needle breaks and that little tip goes flying. and if you've ever had to dig a bent pin out of the feed dogs, you'd know what a pain that can be. every time it happens to me i get knots in my stomach because i won't know whether or not i've done damage to the machine until i get the pin out and try sewing again. so far i've been lucky. one of these days, though, my luck is bound to run out. :lol:

    now that i've said "shouldn't", i'll confess that i have yet to learn my lesson. i still sew over them. sometimes i'm sensible and pull them out as the foot gets close. mostly i risk wreck and ruin by leaving them in. when the day finally comes that i have to write a big fat check to the repair shop, i promise i won't ask for pity. :lol:

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