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Thread: matching seams!!! forked pins

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    I never knew about these forked pins! i need some

    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...g-seams/page/2

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    They do look pretty good. I've seen them, but have been putting off getting them because they are about $10 for 35 or so pins...plus shipping because I can't find them locally. Someday I'll find them at the same shop I'm ordering fabric from and get them at that time.

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    I've seen these and wondered how well they worked. It actually is the same as the 2 pin principal, but just costs less. Still need to think about it.

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    I have wondered about these... but when I pin on either side of the intersections, I sew up to one pin and remove it and sew up to the other one and remove that one. I could not do this with those pins, just something to think about :wink:

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    I've never tried them, but it is an interesting idea.

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    I use them all of the time. They work really well for me. My corners usually come out perfect. Sometimes, I don't pin them straight, then they are off slightly. Since, they ae very fine, I sew over them slowly with no problem.

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    I have used them before, but not for quilting.

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    They are so pricey, I gave each one a name so I'll know when one is missing.

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    I love, love, love, them! I use them ALL the time and my intersections have certainly improved. I work one day a week at LQS and the owner hates them so I got her box! Score for me!

    We're having a sale in october of each employee's favorite item on sale for 20% off.... my item will be the forked pins.

    Did I tell you that I love them???

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    I think Connecting threads has them for 7 a box. I was on their website and they look like the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    They are so pricey, I gave each one a name so I'll know when one is missing.
    :lol: BellaBoo you are too funny!

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    The forked pins are very long and fine, really good for piecing. A good friend uses these all the time and loves them. She gave me a box, and I liked them for a while, but found that they break very easily. Then you're left with lots of single pins that have no head to hold onto. I personally prefer to use the regular quilting pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    They do look pretty good. I've seen them, but have been putting off getting them because they are about $10 for 35 or so pins...plus shipping because I can't find them locally. Someday I'll find them at the same shop I'm ordering fabric from and get them at that time.
    I've noticed that, too. None of the LQS carry them. Seems like they would.

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    I haven't had any break so far. I use Clover brand. I don't know if there is another brand of these pins, I haven't seen any other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    They are so pricey, I gave each one a name so I'll know when one is missing.

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    lol, that's funny ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    They do look pretty good. I've seen them, but have been putting off getting them because they are about $10 for 35 or so pins...plus shipping because I can't find them locally. Someday I'll find them at the same shop I'm ordering fabric from and get them at that time.
    I've noticed that, too. None of the LQS carry them. Seems like they would.

    I just saw them in my local Joann's for the first time today. I might try them sometime with a coupon, but won't pay $10 for 35 pins.

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    I use the fork pins 'all of the time'. They are very fine steel so you can "slowly" sew over them. I teach Basic Quilting at a LQS and these fork pins are one of my 'required tools'. Using these pins, my beginning students have perfectly matched seams and perfect points in their very first block.
    Yes, they are pricey! However, the results are worth the price. The secret to using these is to insert them into the fabric at an angle, then gently push down on the end of the pin to get the other ends back up through the fabric.
    Use the same concept that we have always used---vertical pin through the points or seams to be matched, then stradle the vertical pin with the fork pin. I insert the fork pin(s) on either side of the exact point that I want to stitch, this gives me a guide of the exact place I want the sewing machine needle to enter the fabric to make the points match. Sew slowly over the pins.

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    jhittle has the forked pins for $6.63. Unfortunately, you have to purchase some other items to make the $6.70 shipping fee pay for itself. I usually wait and purchase $100 worth of Have To's and get free shipping. The $6.70 shipping is all you pay, no matter how much you get..up to $100. I always find supplies I want and need everytime I go there.
    Diana in TX

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    I didn't know about these. Will have to look for them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    I never knew about these forked pins! i need some

    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...g-seams/page/2
    Am I missing something? I don't see a forked pin at this site!

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    Yeah that's why I do. It takes awhile to put all the pins in, but it makes a world of difference.

    In the last 3-4 years, I've seriously bent about a dozen pins, lost about 3 needles, and slightly bent a bunch. But that usually happens when I'm sewing quickly (since you have to go really slow). I always sew my pins... I get the IBC silk pins. Love them. Hate sewing without pins

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    those are neat. thank you for sharing. Blessings. Penny

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    I purchased some of these several years ago after seeing Alex Anderson using them on her show several times. Useless - I hate them!! Never use them!

    Somehow they distort the fabric much more than using two separate pins, I assume because they are joined together.

    I would say use two nice long, fine pins (not the thick type with the large heads) and save your money.

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