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Thread: Batik quilting

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    Super Member natalieg's Avatar
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    I have only just started sewing with Batiks in the past few months! I used to avoid them because of the variations in the colors blew my mind! Now, I love them....for the very same reason!
    I started a few months ago with the Batik wedding quilt for my son. Then, with a GC from DH I bought a pattern for a purse and a few yards of batik...then another purse pattern and more Batiks...I am loving it! And, I can have my purses the way I like them.
    I was wondering what pins do you use with Batiks? Any pins that I have bought so far seem far too big in diameter for the tight knit of Batiks.

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    Hi... I love batiks too. First quilt I ever made was last year and it was a queen size for my granddaughter. Don't remember the name of the pattern, but it used the plastic templates with lots of curves... and 2 different sizes of templates. She loved it, fortunately!

    Thought I'd never get it finished tho.
    Could you post some pics of the bags you make? I still have lots of fabric left over and would love to use them for something like that for gifts.

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    When I use batiks I just use those yellow flowered headed pins, but that is only because that is all I have. I have never noticed it leaving any holes or anything in the batiks. But then again I can't see clear so I may just be not seeing them. ;)

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    I use the long flower head pins. I bought them to do a OBW, but found them great for batiks.

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    I use the long thin glass head pins, or long flower head pins whichever I grab first. Or I will use silk pins - depends on what I am piecing.

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    Batiks are my main fabric. I use Clover flower head pins.

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    i use silk pins alot they are very fine and sharp.

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    I use the long thin glass head pins for batiks. I am a pin junky - I have applique pins, glass head pins, flower head pins, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i use silk pins alot they are very fine and sharp.
    Me too, & the flower head pins

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    Does it really make a difference what pins are used on Batiks, Fossil Ferns or Balis? I have never seen it mentioned anywhere else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janmwalker
    Does it really make a difference what pins are used on Batiks, Fossil Ferns or Balis? I have never seen it mentioned anywhere else!
    I just know that I have trouble putting in the regular size pins. I have bought two others that I thought might work, but even though they said they were skinnier, I still have problems with them. I have been looking at the flower head pins, think I might pick some up tonight in town.
    Thanks for all the answers!

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    I love batiks too! I just use regular pins too, but they are harder to get in. Guess I need skinnier ones too.

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    I found a great pin. The clovers were too long and thick. The flower heads too long which allow more bend. They're called Dritz #16980 Extra Fine Glass Head .5mm shaft. A smidge thicker than the flower heads, but shorter and sturdier.

    Left Dritz, center Clover Flower (.45mm), right Clover Glass Head.
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    I use almost entirely batiks these days, but have always used Dritz extra fine glass head pins (from JoAnn's) for everything. I don't like flat head pins...too hard to pick up cuz they're, well, flat. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I found a great pin. The clovers were too long and thick. The flower heads too long which allow more bend. They're called Dritz #16980 Extra Fine Glass Head .5mm shaft. A smidge thicker than the flower heads, but shorter and sturdier.

    Left Dritz, center Clover Flower (.45mm), right Clover Glass Head.
    Thanks for the numbers on this! I will look for them this evening when DH takes me out to dinner!

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