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Thread: Beware cheap straight pins

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    Also, some of these ball pin heads will melt and stick in the steam slots of your iron if you happen to iron over them. Ask me how I know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrunr View Post
    You can sharphen ay dull straight pin or safety pin by putting it in and out of steel wool. That's what I did witht the large safety pins that my sister bought me one year for Christmas. I just put them in and out of steal wool annow they are real sharp!
    My mother used to run the points of safety pins through her hair to make them easier to go through fabric. The oil in the hair lubricated them, I guess. I still do that sometimes.

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    I too use only glass head pins, it isn't worth the hastle with the plastic ones, and some of my pins are REALLY getting old

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    I usually by the quilter's glass head pins or the flat flower variety that makes it easier to iron over them. I don't think I have ever had the problem that you had. I have occasionally "lost" the head of the pin, guess it went off to "pin" heaven, but nothing like your problem with the pin melting into the fabric. Weird.

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    I only use glass head silk pins or the flower head pins, I have accidentally sewn over flowerheads without breaking a needle. LOL
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    I had some pins that went into the fabric smoothly but caught on the fiber when pulling them out. They also went in the garbage!! Brand name pins usually don't have those kinds of issues.

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    FYI - Clover's flower pins say "Head is not heat resistant. Do not apply iron directly." Considering that I generally keep my iron at a hot setting (cotton/linen), I wouldn't want to use any plastic headed pin.

    Here is a link to Clover's line of glass head pins. My preferred pins are the Clover patchwork extra fine (40 mm). If I use the longer ones ("quilting" pins), I stick myself too much. http://www.clover-usa.com/search?q=g...y=0&t=products (first page only)
    Last edited by peaceandjoy; 03-26-2013 at 03:17 PM.

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    Thanks for the information. I've never melted a pin. DH is a mechanic & he hates spending $$ on pricey tools, but he does not like to spend his $$ twice on cheap tools.
    Carol in Michigan

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    I purchased a box of 300 pins about a month ago, made by a known company. When I tried to use them they wouldn't go through the fabric. I e-mailed the company, thinking that maybe it was a bad batch. They sent replacements and I couldn't believe they were the same way. I gave up. Now I have 600 flower top pins that won't go through butter. Will not purchase this brand again, needless to say.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Most pins - Clover's flower head ones included - come in different thicknesses to address different jobs. A thick pin, meant for heavy fabrics, wouldn't work well on lighter fabrics. The flower head ones are supposed to go through the machine easier, but aren't we all taught that we really shouldn't be sewing over them anyhow? Whatever, lol. For those who like them, just be sure to get the finer ones. But also remember, there are lots of manufacturers of the flower head ones, too.

    Another brand I've seen recommended is Iris. I didn't like those at all. Like many things, we've all got our preferences.

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    Pins really can make a difference. I like the fine glass head pins...I buy Clover brand...usually buy the "silk pins."

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    I love the Clover pins. They are expensive but they are sharp with glass heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reba'squilts View Post
    I am always on a quest for the finest pins in the store. Many of the pins at J's are dull. I never had the experience of pins melting. That could be a disaster! I think I will try to buy some of the flower pins.
    I get the flower and button pins from Nancy's notions. They have never melted, but they are thicker than the silk pins.

    Flowers and Butterfly's do make me smile though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    My mother used to run the points of safety pins through her hair to make them easier to go through fabric. The oil in the hair lubricated them, I guess. I still do that sometimes.
    Me too! I thought I was the only one. But remember the old diaper pin trick? Stick them in a bar of Ivory soap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    clover glass head long shaft--worth the money
    These are my favorite as well!
    I had used some flower head pins a few weeks ago and forgot they weren't my glass head ones. Needless to say, I ironed over the top on one. The flower part melted and came off on the bottom of my iron. Ya, those have been 'put away'.

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    I wish I could find a box of the ones like my grandma gave me in my first sewing basket. They looked like the inexpensive silver sewing pins, but the heads were glass, but small. They looked like they had a silver line around the middle of each glass ball, but that was just the edge of the flat, silver head shineing through. The way I remember it (not always trustworthy ) they were wonderful.

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    Great topic!
    I'm not super picky about notions but I agree with using glass head pins.
    The plastic headed ones aren't always as sharp.
    Also, I bought some safety pins recently from my favorite quilt shop, they were so dull I'm not even going to bother with them. :/ The curved ones always work out well for me, they're just all sitting in another quilt right now. It's marinating in the closet. You know how it is.
    And 'pin heaven,' I am still laughing about that!!!

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    I only use glass head pins because of this.

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    I used to do the diaper pins along the side of my nose for the oily slide through the diaper ease.

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    Soaled fabric?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    It was recommended to me to try Clovers fine patchwork pins. They have a glass head. I really like them a lot,except when stick myself. They are really sharp!
    What do they mean in connecting threads when they say "soaked fabric"? Don't think I ever heard of that before?

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