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Thread: Do you pin when piecing?

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    I am a new quilter in my first beginner class. I was wondering if you guys pinned all your pieces together before you sew. It seems like it would a lot of work but maybe it would help me get a perfect 1/4" seam. Our teacher has us just hold the pieces one on top of the other and sew.

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    It depends. If I'm sewing a long strip, I'll put several. If I have to ease in fullness, I use more. If it's short and sweet and things appear to be lining up, I might not pin at all. Do whatever is comfortable for you.

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    Kryssa: welcome to the wonderful world of quilting where everyone has a different way of doing things!! You'll probably get a lot of opinions from us on what we prefer. The more you quilt the more you'll develope your own ways.

    As for me, I don't pin individual pieces together-I just lay them on top of one another. When I am matching blocks at seam intersections I always pin before and after the seam--just remember to remove the pins when you get to them and don't sew over them! (Ask me how I know this LOL)

    The thing that has really helped me get (almost) perfect 1/4" seams is the 1/4" foot for my machine and practice, practice, practice.

    These are just my humble suggestions--try different methods and stick with what works for you. And Good Luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Kryssa: welcome to the wonderful world of quilting where everyone has a different way of doing things!! You'll probably get a lot of opinions from us on what we prefer. The more you quilt the more you'll develope your own ways.

    As for me, I don't pin individual pieces together-I just lay them on top of one another. When I am matching blocks at seam intersections I always pin before and after the seam--just remember to remove the pins when you get to them and don't sew over them! (Ask me how I know this LOL)

    The thing that has really helped me get (almost) perfect 1/4" seams is the 1/4" foot for my machine and practice, practice, practice.

    These are just my humble suggestions--try different methods and stick with what works for you. And Good Luck!!
    I agree with all of the above.

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    Ditto!! It took me a while to get away from pinning everything, coming from a garment construction background. But now I find that I use pins mostly for matching seams.

    And those wonderful quarter inch seams can be gotten with the foot, as suggested, or by marking your machine with the blue painters tape at a scant 1/4". (Painters tape does not leave adhesive when you remove it.)

    Enjoy your quilting! You will find it addictive! And soooo relaxing! ;)

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    I usually pin anything over 6 in length to keep the ending edges even... and I always pin for seam intersections with the 3 pin method...one through the intersect (straight stick for accuracy) then one on either side...remove the middle pin before actually sewing.

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    I too use what Bobbinwinder calls the 3 pin method. But for long pieces, I usually feed it into the machine and straighten it as I go. 1/4 foot helps a lot, too.

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    Sometimes I can just nest the seams and they line right up without a problem. If I start having a problem I'll baste a seam (sew an inch across where the blocks line up and then check it first before I do the entire seam). And if I have a terrible time lining them up, I stick a pin straight through where the seams intersect and check it, then pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryssa
    I am a new quilter in my first beginner class. I was wondering if you guys pinned all your pieces together before you sew. It seems like it would a lot of work but maybe it would help me get a perfect 1/4" seam. Our teacher has us just hold the pieces one on top of the other and sew.
    i use pins when sewing seams together,so they line up better..other than that, nope,don't use pins.

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    I have to say I am a pinner. Always try to remove them rather than sew over them. But if for some reason I do sew over them, no problem with my old Bernina 930.

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    If I'm matching points, yes. Otherwise, no.

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    I agree - I exclusively use pins to match seams or points, I pin before and after the seam. I never had a problem with fabric lining up even with longer pieces. Actually I think i would pin for borders too, but that would be the only exception.

    But do what is comfortable for you!! When I started I pinned everything until I got comfortable placing stuff together, oh and got comfortable with nothing really lining up since the perfect quarter inch will always be an elusive thing for me. :) :) Once I got past those, the pins were gone from my daily use.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Ditto!! It took me a while to get away from pinning everything, coming from a garment construction background. But now I find that I use pins mostly for matching seams.

    And those wonderful quarter inch seams can be gotten with the foot, as suggested, or by marking your machine with the blue painters tape at a scant 1/4". (Painters tape does not leave adhesive when you remove it.)

    Enjoy your quilting! You will find it addictive! And soooo relaxing! ;)
    I can attest to the addicting part. It is just SOOO much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    But do what is comfortable for you!!
    After 25+ years I still pin a lot, I have tried the other way, but occasionally I would line it up and then as I would start to sew it would slip a thread or two where I could see the underneath fabric peak out. So I still pin, pin, pin. It takes a little bit longer, but I seem to have to take more out when I don't pin, so for me it saves time in the long run.

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    I usually pin, excet when working with flannel. It sticks together, so you don't have to pin. I love flannel for cudely quilts

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    Sometimes I pin; sometimes I don't.

    One thing I have learned about not pinning, though. When sewing two pieces together, make sure they are both straight on to the needle going through. This is important to pay attention to when sewing a smaller piece to a larger (like borders) because if the larger piece starts to drop off the front or back, it will pull against the needle and the pieces won't match anymore.

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    I am a "pinner".

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    Only if I have to get points to match up or when sewing curves. Don't worry too much about perfection, just sew straight. A little more will make the block a little smaller, a little less will make it larger. I usually use a "scant" 1/4"---about a thread width or two smaller than 1/4". After some practice, you won't need to pin but if it helps, do it.

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    There are no Rules!

    So, rule number one (for me): if it is over six inches, pin it to keep it where it belongs (sometimes :-) ).

    Easing in fullness: pin the ends then pin the rest as you think you need to.

    Borders are always pinned (for me).

    Matching points: I can't get a point to match reliably if I don't pin (always).

    Well, those are the rules that aren't rules :shock:

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    I rarely pin anything. I've never had a class. I've learned everything by watching TV (Eleanor Burns & Alex Anderson). I just nest the seams together. Basically the only thing I pin is the binding. Good luck! Doug

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    I still pin a lot but as I sew more quilt pieces the pinning becomes less. It is that "practice, practice, practice" thing. But for longer seams I do pin and especially curves.

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    It depends. I do not pin basic pieces but as soon as I put together anything with matching seams, I pin on both sides of the seam. I learned that paying attention to pressing the seams in the correct orientation can help in block assembly - so that is where I also spend a lot of time. I love it when the seams "nest" because you can feel that the fit properly.

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    I do both, if it's a small piece than I don't pin, if I am putting rows together, I pin.

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    I don't belong to the "oh I never pin anything" group - but neither do I pin like crazy - I just pin if I feel it's necessary.

    The three-pin method at intersections is a very good method.

    However, those double pins (like Alex Anderson used on some of her shows) were a disaster and distorted everything.

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    I hate pinning for many reasons: takes extra time, hurts my tender fingers (awww), ya gotta remove them etc etc.

    So I do NOT pin unless I absolutely have to which is rare.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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