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Thread: Sewing over pins!

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    Sewing over pins!

    I know there have been many discussions about do/don't sew over pins....and I was just watching crafty BOM w/Laura Nownes. She was doing April block, secured curve seam to background piece w/pins and then proceeded to sew right over those pins! I had to "leave" to let you know.....I don't do it, but some do.

    As an aside....I really wish her working area was a bit larger....makes me nervous the way everything is so squished on that little table she works from. And there is all that room around her! JMHO

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    I seem to remember when I learned to sew a hundred years ago, we went over the pins. Of course maybe that we were using what are now "vintage" singers and nothing electronic or computerized had something to do with it. Or not. Will wait to hear what everyone has to say.
    Alyce

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    I tend to remove them as I am sewing. My 1/4 in foot does not like to go over them. One of the quilting teachers I take classes from said that she sews over her pins all the time. If her needle breaks then she just changes it.

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    You can certainly sew over pins - however if you have a computerized machine and you hit one of those pins you have a good chance of throwing the timing out on your machine. When this happens you have no choice but to visit Mr. Sewing Machine Repair Man. Guess How I Know This! Yep I have done it. I am lucky and know someone who repairs machines and he was able to get me going the next day - otherwise it would have been a 2 week wait at the shop. Of course I was working on a deadline. Now I avoid them, that isn't to say that every once in a while I miss pulling out a pin, but when I realize it I have to say a little prayer of thanks that my needle didn't hit it. You can even hit a pin sometimes and not throw your machine out but that is just luck.

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    Before I started quilting, I would sew over pins quite often. I used to make clothes and costumes for my DD's when they were little and kept the pins in to keep everything from shifting, zippers especially. Now I seldom use pins when I sew. My machine is computerized and I am scared of messing it up by sewing over pins.
    Sherri

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    I can still remember my Mom getting quite mad at me for sewing over pins! This was way before any computerized machines were invented. I do still have the bad habit of sewing over pins. There are times when I just can't get the precise intersection without sewing over or right up to the pin, but I do this SLOWLY, so I know if the needle is going to impact the pin. One look at my pin magnet and you can tell I have sewn and bent more pins than should be allowed in a lifetime. I have been lucky.. no trips to the repair shop for sewing over pins. I do purge my pin magnet of bent pins prior to a visit from Mom( getting rid of the evidence).

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    I used to sew over pins, but decided that the only thing I was accomplishing was having to buy new needles and pins, so I take them out before I get to them.

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    I try to take pins out as I go, but since I have a good ol' mechanical machine, if I need to do it I zip right over them.

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    I used to sew over pins - until the day I was grateful I wore glasses for close work................... A pin shard actually bounced off the lens. Lesson learned.
    Lang may yer lum reek.

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    I just watched that episode! She talked about placing the pins back enough to miss the 1/4" seam allowance .... and then sewed over the pins!! If you have a computerized machine and must sew over pins it is better to manually walk the machine over the pin. I do like her class and think she is a good teacher but that part was a bit perplexing.
    Cherylsea

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