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    Old 08-21-2015, 08:10 PM
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    Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Find BRASS curved or non-curved safety pins, about an inch + long. (You'll probably have to look on line.)

    You can use the Kwik Klip or you can use a cheap serrated edge grapefruit spoon -- I bought a couple @ $1 apiece at the Dollar Tree store. I prefer these to the Klip. You will need many more than you think you will for a bed sized quilt! Start with AT LEAST 200. They are expensive but so worth it.

    Brass safety pins are "softer" and easier to open/close. They also do not stain the fabric if left in the quilt for a period. I have stored mine in a box along with the grapefruit spoons for decades.

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    Jan, I agree with you about the spoons! My friend and I found a package of 4 and shared. Before that, I had used a butter knife that had small serrations on the end. I did not see the advantage of another 'gizmo' over our spoons!
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    Old 08-21-2015, 09:47 PM
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    Pin basting is so tedious no matter what pins you use. Why would you want to do that?
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    Old 08-21-2015, 10:17 PM
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    Size 1 and I purchase from Amazon. Prices are good. I must agree that recent purchase from Abakhan points were not sharp so I'll go back to amazon I wonder if it is the make. Hemline are my usual purchase from Amazon with only odd one which have blunt points.
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    Old 08-22-2015, 03:33 AM
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    I use size 1 &2 and keep them in an Altoid tin. Alto ides are another one of my addictions
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    Old 08-22-2015, 03:39 AM
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    I use on average for a double bed quilt about 500 pins and yep, I'm a bit disappointed as some of mine seem to be a bit blunt and hard to get through the sandwich. That being said, I am still quite happy using this method and I have a tragic old teaspoon that I use to help me!
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    Old 08-22-2015, 06:20 AM
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    Originally Posted by Onebyone
    Pin basting is so tedious no matter what pins you use. Why would you want to do that?
    What method do you like to use?
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    Old 08-22-2015, 06:21 AM
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    The curved safety pins I use are a full 2" long. I don't like the 1" ones. That's just too short for me. I had the LQS order them for me..... probably 200 pins or maybe 250. It was several packages. I use that many if I put together a queen sized quilt. And if I have a pin that doesn't want to go through the fabric, I run it through one of those sand filled strawberry thingys that are on the old red tomato pin cushions. That sharpens them right up.
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    Old 08-22-2015, 06:23 AM
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    I have used size 1 pins since I started quilting in the 80s. Still prefer pin basting to the other newer methods of sandwiching a quilt.
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    Old 08-22-2015, 07:22 AM
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    I glue baste with Elmer's washable glue. I basted a queen size quilt last night in 25 minutes from start to finish and that included setting up two folding tables. I have tried pins, thread, clip gun, fusible, pinmoors, and spraying. Elmer's is the only way for me. The quilt I hand quilted I had a longarmer baste it for me. My DD used my curved pins with the colored jackets on them to cover completely the front of a tee shirt to wear for some school day event. They are still on the shirt, good storage for them. LOL
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    Old 08-22-2015, 01:45 PM
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    Many people have switched to using washable school glue for basting. It's been used for years for applique, now it's getting more popular for basting. Easy to apply and washes right out. Search on "glue basting" to learn more.

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