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    Old 08-21-2015, 12:06 PM
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    Can someone tell me what size of safety pin are used for basting a quilt. Thanks in advance.
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    Old 08-21-2015, 12:09 PM
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    I was very disappointed in the last pkg of curved safety pins I bought. They were very hard to get through the sandwich and I finally gave up and used my box of cheap safety pins from the $store. They are flimsy but at least they are sharper. I hope you have better luck.
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    Old 08-21-2015, 12:30 PM
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    i use the ones i got at walmart years ago. they are size 1. they are smaller than the ones that most of my friends use, but they work for me. i keep them in an empty pill container.
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    I have 2 sizes and like the bigger ones better. I'm sorry I don't remember where I got them but I know I did not pay as much as JoAnn had them in the store for this week!
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    I use the 2 sizes that are at Walmart.
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    Old 08-21-2015, 03:05 PM
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    Not sure what size mine are - about 1" I guess. But if you're using safety pins to baste, check out the Kwik Klip tool. It makes it much easier to close that safety pins, saves wear and tear on your hands. http://www.joann.com/kwik-klip/4490983.html
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    Old 08-21-2015, 03:27 PM
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    The pins I use are 1 3/4" long. I did not know that they came in another size I agree with dunster, the kwik klip tool is a must - I am not a gadget person and I would not be without this. Also, if you can raise your pinning table a bit it is a lot easier on your back. I put extenders under the table legs.

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    Old 08-21-2015, 05:04 PM
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    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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    I have two different sizes. Jim got me the larger ones and I did not want to hurt his feelings so I use them a bit.
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    Old 08-21-2015, 06:50 PM
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    Size 1 are the ones that are about 1 inch long. Size 2 are about 1 3/4 inch long, and those are the ones I use most of the time. I have used the Size 1 at times but find that the size 2 is much easier to use with my arthritis getting worse. But, as mentioned before get you a Kwik Klip. It's well worth the investment. Saves the fingers from getting poked and sore. It's just a few dollars when you use a coupon at Joann's.
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