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    Beware cheap straight pins

    I had a strange experience this afternoon. I had put a straight pin on a block just to mark the top, and apparently, I accidently ironed over the pin as I was pressing my seams. Later, when I went to remove the pin, it wouldn't budge! The pin has a ball top, and it evidently was painted, not solid plastic throughout. The paint must have melted and stuck to the fabric. I got it off w/o much of a mark, but all those pins went into my "dead needle" jar for disposal. In the picture below, you can see the little bit of paint on the shaft, which is a telltale sign. I have no idea where or when I got these pins, unfortunately.
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    Yikes, I am sorry about the glob. My thrifty friend doesn't understand why I pay the high price for quality when usually the bargain will work. A local 4H leader said she used only glass head pins, you never know where the iron will strike.

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    I switched to the flower top pins after ironing over a plastic ball on a cheaper pin. It melted right to the fabric.

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    I bought a large container of Pins at Michaels and they were so dull. I took them back. Everything is getting cheaper and cheaper made, not price.
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    This is why I prefer glass heads.

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    thanks for the heads up
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    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!

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    I am careful about this, but many on this board may not be as aware. thank you for mentioning this real problem.

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    Honestly there isn't any quality basic notion that will break the bank so why not buy the best. Fine glass head pins are worth it.
    Got fabric?

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    I never paid that much attention to my pins. I didn't know about glass heads. I will definitely check that out.
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    The pins with the yellow ball on top melt, too. They are widely sold in large quantities as quilting pins.

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    clover glass head long shaft--worth the money

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    the price of the good glass head pins can be greatly reduced if you use a Joann's coupon on them, or wait till notions are on sale.
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    I have had the worst experience with Dritz straight and safety pins- Very dull. Will never buy them again.

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    There are certain things I do spend good money on. Glass head silk pins is one of them. If they aren't abused by sewing over them, they last forever. I bought my last package of 100 pins about six years ago at about $8.00. They still work. I think that is a great investment.

    Over the years I have bought cheaper pins and they are all gone now.

    I do use colored pins on my design board and keep them separate from the silk pins.
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    The flower-top 'flat-top' pins melt too, just like the ball ones. And they are supposed to be whoopie-do best-in-class from LQS. Some of my LQS pins, right out of the package, looked a little tarnished in spots. And they definitely don't go through the fabric as easily as the glass-head pins which are my favorite.

    The glass-heads are nice and long, they don't melt, they are slightly narrower in diameter than the flower-heads and very sharp and smooth. Straight from Joanns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    I have had the worst experience with Dritz straight and safety pins- Very dull. Will never buy them again.
    Same here. I bought some at Joann's and they are the worst. So dull I can hardly get them through the fabric. I will probably use them for something like the "quilted" Christmas ornaments just to get rid of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I switched to the flower top pins after ironing over a plastic ball on a cheaper pin. It melted right to the fabric.

    I use the button head pins which are made to be ironed over. I use them with fusible applique.
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    I have only used the glass head silk pins for years. They are very sharp and thin so they slide in and out of the fabric easily. I have used them since the 70's. They are a little pricey but I still have most of the pins I purchased in the 70's.
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    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.

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    Thanks for the heads up too. Never quite thought about that happening.

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    Tkx for the info...

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    And beware that cheap pins can rust. Always buy a metal that will not rust.

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    A cpl. of wks. ago there was a discussion on here about pins. Some mentioned "patchwork" pins while others talked about "quilt" pins. I've looked for them since but can't remember which people felt were the best. I really love a long, narrow shaft & want to get the best ones first so I don't invest in pins I won't care for. I always thought the flower heads were the big thing til I bought glasshead pins. They've seem to disappear around here for some reason. I hope somebody can talk about the benefits of ea. soon.

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    I have had the worst experience with Dritz straight and safety pins- Very dull. Will never buy them again.
    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!

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