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    Super Member MommaDorian's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    My preference in pins is flower head pins. I had some Dritz and some Collins but wanted finer pins. Clover had some fine pins but they were sold on cards of 20 and were expensive, IMO. I ended up buying IBC pins because they had the finest shaft I could find (other than the expensive Clovers which I think were the same). They were pretty comparable pricewise to other brands. I bought them at my LQS but they're also sold at Clotilde.com

    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...ia=flower+head
    Thanks for the link. This looks like the way I'm going to go.
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    No pins -- I glue baste with a couple of clips in strategic places. If I am in too much of a hurry, I just use clips.
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    I use the silver hair clips when sewing by hand and Clover Wonder Clips when finishing by machine. I love, love, love the Wonder Clips. I hated the machine finished results before I started using Wonder Clips. When first attaching the binding I either glue ala Sharon Schamber's method or just hold it.
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    I used to pin, then I tried the glue method and that was ok and now I tried the Clover wonder clips because someone on the board sang their praises. I found them so easy to use and my binding looked better than it ever has. They are not cheap, but I still think they are worth the price for being easy to use and they held really well without distorting the fabric. They are what I will use from now on.

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    I use 3 pins, inserted parallel to the quilt edge, and move them ahead as I stitch. I rarely stick myself, or get thread tangled on the pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I don't ever pin a binding. When I am attaching it I just feed and guide. For the final step I use fusible( 1/4 inch strips) to hold everything right where I want it.
    I don't pin binding either. Then when I go to handsew it to the back, I baste it first. I know... I'm old school... does anyone actually baste anymore? LOL!
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    I never pin - just sew it onto the quilt with no need to pin.

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    With bindings, I pin only the corner fold on the front when turning to keep the miter square. When hand stitching the back, I pin parallel to the fold with the pin heads to the right, closest to the hand with the needle, so I don't get stuck.

    For sewing blocks and other parts of the quilt, I pin often. For me, it guarantees accuracy and I seldom have to unstitch anything. I use Dritz extra fine glass head pins from JoAnn's.
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    For binding .... no pins for me!

    When machine stitching on, I just hold with my hand and guide it along in place.
    When hand stitching, I use the hair clips ... have quite a pretty array of them! So much more fun than the "official" quilting ones and at a much lower cost.
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    I use elmers glue sticks...never had any problems using it.

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    I don't pin when putting the binding on the front. To hand stitch down the binding to the back I use the snap hair clips, no pin poking. They are available at dollar stores in packs of 12 or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i never pin my bindings for hand stitching- i fold & hold with one hand- stitch with the other- it is so much easier to keep it nice & full, straight, even. faster- i never get poked- the bindings come out so much nicer
    Same here!
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    I don't pin my binding, I just sew it on.
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    I only pin when I start attaching the binding on the right side. After that, I hand guide the binding and quilt together. A walking foot helps, but it can be done without one. I don't pin the binding to the back to hand sew it on. A great quilter, teacher (and fab friend) suggested that if I press the binding away from the body of the quilt after it is attached, it will be easy to just hand roll it over to the back and stitch. It really does work, so far I haven't had to pin a binding to hand sew it. I'm sure that all the methods work for each individual, sew go to what makes you comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I quit using pins a long time ago. I used and tried all kinds of clips. Now the only clips I use are Clover Wonder Clips. They are as close to perfect as any clip I have used.
    Thanks BellaBoo for mentioning these. I hadn't heard of these but I think I will be buying some. They sound perfect for keeping the binding in place while hand sewing the binding to the back.

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    I use the Martelli Zip Clips.
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    When sewing the binding, I use hair clips, these are cheaper than the Clover ones. For piecing i use the glass head 1.25 inch pins.

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    I also use cheap flat hairclips that I got at the dollar store, they work great and there are no pins to stick you.
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    Clover Wonder Clips are great and save my fingers. I have even given a couple to my DH and DS to hold their earphones while out walking - the clips are just the right size.

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    I too, would like to thank someone on the board for the info on the clover wonder clips, I ordered from amazon and the are the greatest, the worst problem was taking almost two weeks to get them but they were the wait and much cheaper for fifty of them. they sure make binding easier. Thanks to you wonderful quilters for all the help I get from the board.

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    I only pin a short space when hand sewing the binding on the back - just a couple of pins to fold the binding over and hold it in place. As I get to that pin (I only use two pins usually when doing the binding) I move it along to the other side of the other pin and just keep moving a pin over to the other side as I get to it when stitching. Sounds like Greek probably - hope you understand what I'm try to say. This works well for me and keeps the binding in place where I'm working.

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    I don't pin my bindings. I sew the lenths together...press the seams open (I do use a diagonal seam)..using a bit of spray starch. I don't fold and press the binding...I press it open flat. I do use one pin to start...I fold the binding at the start, matching raw edges and place one pin at the start (this is just so I know which side is the "right" side of the fabric strip. I leave about 12 inches unsewn, and fold as I sew, matching the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the quilt. I continue, making my mitered corners as I go...I end about 12 inches from where the join of the batting will be. I do a diagonal cut on one end...then lay that out on the quilt.. remove the pin, and lay out that end...marking where I want my seam line to be (you can use a pencil, as this is the "wrong" side of the fabric), but I make a snip where the seams will sew together..cut over far enough for a seam allowance...match & sew...works for me..and it avoids the pressed fold line getting off kilter...which can cause puckers. This method allows me to make minor adjustments and not have that pressed fold in the way.


    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian View Post
    When binding, how do you pin? Straight up along with edge of your quilt or do you come from the side pointing into your quilt.

    Also, what is a good sharp brand of pins? I have a couple of different kinds, but I'm thinking there has to be something sharper. Of course, knowing me I'll just poke myself even more. But when I bind or pin PP it's too hard to poke mine through that many layers.
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    I dont use pins. I use the little hair clippy thingys.

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    I don't pin binding, but when I pin other things, I pin on the side going up and down, with pin heads facing me as I sew, so I can pull them out easily.
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    I don't use pins. I don't have a walking foot, so I reduce the presser on the presser foot so that there is less chance of puckers.
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