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    In September I was in Target to get a flu shot. I had to wait for a few minutes, so I was wondering around the hair care section near the pharmacy. I found bobby pins and I thought may be they would be good for securing the binding to a quilt while hand stitching it on. Fast forward to yesterday, I was sewing the binding on to the 2012 Craftsy BOM and I used the bobby pins from Target. They worked perfectly! The bobby pins slipped right over the binding edge with no struggle, held the fabric securely, did not pinch the fabric and left no marks in the fabric, and I did not get struck with any pins. I have been thinking about buying the Wonder Clips that people are raving about, but the bobbie pins worked perfectly. I bought the brightly colored ones because they are easy for me to see, and they stick to my magnetic pin dish. They even securely held the mitered corners.

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    Dangit, I just bought Wonder Clips from Amazon! And I am a hairstylist also, you would have thought that would have dawned on me :}
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    I have been using my daughters old hair clips. Some of them were in bright colors from the 90s. Free works good too.lol
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    thanks for the tip
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    The snap hair clips won't move like the bobby pins will. I used the snap clips until I bought the Wonder Clips. The Wonder Clips are great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The snap hair clips won't move like the bobby pins will. I used the snap clips until I bought the Wonder Clips. The Wonder Clips are great.
    I have tried the snap clips, but they bend the fabric. The bobby pins do not bend or distort the fabric, and for me they did not move.

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    Thanks for this great idea. Next time I'm shopping bobby pins will be on my list.
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    I thought about getting binding clips then I learned about the glue method, used it, loved it and so much cheaper. Will never pin or clip binding again. On binding I am handsewing down I just make sure not to get the glue too close to the edge.
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    I love the Wonder Clips on my binding and I also love the glue method. Both work nicely for me. I did not like using the snap clips. I prefer the other methods. The Wonder Clips are really nice for machine binding because of the measurements on the clip.

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    I have the wonder clips they are great. Darn I never thought of bobbie pins!

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    Hi,

    I use the snap clips. Bought them when our WM had a fabric dept. and they came in a large package and were inexpensive. I have hundreds of them!
    The Wonder Clips tempt me, but my hair clips would be so lonely! LOL
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    I have the wonder clips & love them.

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    Unless you try other methods you will never know which one works the best. I want to use what is best for me to make the job easier and get better results. I like it when others post what is best for them. I try them all.
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    I don't use any clips, pins, nor anything which saves a ton of time. I've been using the ladder stitch which is invisible and nothing is needed to hold the binding in place while doing the ladder stitch. Over a year ago someone on this board told about it. Here is a tute: http://turningturning.com/tutorial-i...quilt-binding/ First it shows how it looked the old way she did binding and further down the page she shows the ladder stitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narda H. View Post
    Dangit, I just bought Wonder Clips from Amazon! And I am a hairstylist also, you would have thought that would have dawned on me :}
    If you like the Wonder Clips half as much as I do, you won't regret buying them. I have used both clips and bobby pins, but these little red close pin like things are just wonderful!! Give them a try.


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    LivelyLady -- I used that stitch until my hands went bad. Now I have to do the binding on the machine since holding a needle for any lenght of time is no longer possible (sigh).

    I like using the glue to hold the binding before I sttch it. I have used the hair clips but hated the bend in the fabric -- I may try bobbie pins for a small project. Thnaks Nyelphaba
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    Never thought of using the bobbie pins -- and here I pin up my hair into a roll everyday with them, too! Thanks for the tip, I'm going to try that. The other clips bend the fabric and distort the line of sewing, so I wasn't too keen on those....the bobbie pins would work very well and I could sew right over them, too...thanks for sharing!

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    I have used snap clips but they can sometimes pop open or they don't always stay in place. I now use them when I need to hem pants...they hold the hem niceyl in place. Now that I have the little red Wonder clips, I wonder how I ever got along without them!

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    Snap clips for me when I hand stitch the binding down. But I love, love, love Wonder Clips when attaching binding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyelphaba View Post
    In September I was in Target to get a flu shot. I had to wait for a few minutes, so I was wondering around the hair care section near the pharmacy. I found bobby pins and I thought may be they would be good for securing the binding to a quilt while hand stitching it on. Fast forward to yesterday, I was sewing the binding on to the 2012 Craftsy BOM and I used the bobby pins from Target. They worked perfectly! The bobby pins slippedfabric, and I did not get struck with any pins. I have been thinking about buying the Wonder Clips that people are raving about, but the bobbie pins worked perfectly. I bought the brightly colored ones because they are easy for me to see, and they stick to my magnetic pin dish. They even securely held the mitered corners.
    I buy the metal hair clipsbeuticians use from "Sally's" supply shop, love them and I get 80in a box for $3.50 on sale...

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    I absolutely love my binding clips. I have also used the snap style hair clips and the Martelli binding clips. I must admit, for price, the hair clips are my favorite. However, overall, binding clips are at the top of my list. I just wish they were less expensive.

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    Will have to give it a try. Thanks for the hint

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    I tried hair clips but did not like them. I love wonder clips especially for holding the top of tote bag in preparation for top stitching. Much better than pins. However, pins are still needed in many place where the wonder clips don't work...like interior of blocks. Wonder clips are great on edges/bindings, etc. They have come down greatly in price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    I have been using my daughters old hair clips. Some of them were in bright colors from the 90s. Free works good too.lol
    I use those snap clips for hair, works like a charm and I keep them in a little pencil case along with a scissors and the thread I'm using to bind with...all ready to pick up and go. Sometimes I hold on to the quilts I need to bind, then put them in a big garbage bag and take them when we go camping in the fifth wheel, I work on them in the camper in the evenings.

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