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    Pinning Tip - No Pins!

    I hate to pin. I stink at it, so I only do it for things that are absolutely necessary. It never lays as flat as I want it to, and never seems absolutely secure. I much prefer to use wonderclips, but even then, sometimes it's just more effort than I think should be needed.

    A small piece of Double Sided tape works wonders! I was making a bunch of HSTs and Flying Geese yesterday, and put a small piece on either side of the stitch lines, and they held together perfectly! Bonus: I was ironing them today and noticed that when I was removing them (easily) that they're still sticky so they can be re-used. A roll of the tape is only a couple bucks, and I'll get tons of mileage out of one roll. Obviously it won't work for certain things, but it was great for this use!

    Note - don't stitch through the tape or iron it. It'll gum up your needle, and possibly melt.

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    There are so many solutions. A great idea you came up with. What kind of DS tape are you suggesting? I use a Scotch Brand product, 1/4 and 1/2" wide where I work and it is way to sticky to use on fabric. There must be several kinds so which do you recommend?
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    What I used is actually the Scotch brand Permanent Double Sided Tape in the 1/2" wide. The label is yellow, and it is pretty sticky but it peeled off the fabric really easily for me. I only used a 1/2" piece of it or smaller, so a little goes a long way, it seems.

    I'm not a pre-washer so perhaps that helped it remove more easily from the fabric? I have a generic double sided tape somewhere else in the house so maybe I'll try that later too, but this is what worked for me this time!

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    I use 1/4" Wonder Tape Double Sided water soluble. It's a staple in my sewing room. I use Wonder Clips instead of pins too. I detest pins. I use pins to hold blocks to my design wall.
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    I'm a pin person. It does make a big difference to use a high-quality, thin, sharp pin.
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    thanks for the tip
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    PatPitter: what brand do you like the best?

    Sephe: I use that technique when doing sandwiches. It does help!

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    I do have 2 different kinds of sewing pins, but not the flower head ones so perhaps that would make a difference. I never felt like investing in them when I knew I hated pinning though

    I do use corsage pins for pinning the backing to the carpet when I'm glue basting. They're long, but sturdier and pretty cheap to replace if needed. I'm on my 5th year of using the same batch though, so they're still working out!

    Onebyone, I had NO idea they made water soluble double sided tape! That's pretty awesome! It's $10 for 2 rolls (10yd each) on Amazon right now. I wonder if that would work instead of pinning points, since you can stitch through it?

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    I use the flower head pins and also fine applique pins. Sorry but I don't know the brand.
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    The pins I have are Clover glass headed very fine sharp pins, just makes them prick my finger better. LOL
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    I found glue pinning to be easier for me than tape. I just put a small dot of Elmer's white washable school glue in the seam allowance and iron. The iron heat dries the glue so it sticks, but it is easy to pull the fabric apart later if I need to open the seam.

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    I opt for pins cause I seem to make a bigger mess with glue or tape--and too cheap to buy the Wonder clips. I have the standard yellow plastic pins for regular stuff, but if pinning batiks (tight weave) or need a really accurate pin (i.e. points,etc) then I use my F & P glass head pins--they are wonderful--sharp, thin, glass head and strong--bought at Tues Morning but bet they have them on the F & P website.

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    I do pins with Pinmoors for sandwiching but for piecing and binding and bag making I adore the clover wonder clips. I have the red ones and the big green ones, use them all the time. I've also been trying glue basting but I still do lots of pinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatPitter View Post
    I'm a pin person. It does make a big difference to use a high-quality, thin, sharp pin.
    This is true. Also, pinning from the left helps keep the pieces in place better than from the right, especially if you sew over pins like I do. (I know, I hear many of you gasping at this). I'm left handed and when I learned to sew, I watched my mom and copied what she did, only I used my left hand so I pinned backwards from how she did it.

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    I hate pins so much I have a magnetic design wall! Just got a bunch of magnets instead of pinning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sephie View Post
    I hate to pin. I stink at it, so I only do it for things that are absolutely necessary. It never lays as flat as I want it to, and never seems absolutely secure. I much prefer to use wonderclips, but even then, sometimes it's just more effort than I think should be needed.

    A small piece of Double Sided tape works wonders! I was making a bunch of HSTs and Flying Geese yesterday, and put a small piece on either side of the stitch lines, and they held together perfectly! Bonus: I was ironing them today and noticed that when I was removing them (easily) that they're still sticky so they can be re-used. A roll of the tape is only a couple bucks, and I'll get tons of mileage out of one roll. Obviously it won't work for certain things, but it was great for this use!

    Note - don't stitch through the tape or iron it. It'll gum up your needle, and possibly melt.

    Hi. I feel ya. Have you tried glue? Sharon Shambor (sp?) turned me on to glue basting. https://sharonschamber.com/pages/video-tutorials

    I mix WASHABLE elmers school glue with a spoon or 2 of water in an applicator bottle with a blunt luer needle. I puts dots of glue on the seem allowAnce for so many things. You CAN iron it and sew thru it no problem then one day it all washes out. It's great for keeping trims like ric rack in place. I also glue baste large quilts. It was life changing. Check it out.
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    I'm known as the glue lady in my guild. I use either Elmer's School Glue or Washable Glue Stick for so many things that formerly required pins. One of my favorites is curved seams glued with a glue stick--I can just zip through sewing the 1/4" seam when the pieces are glued together. Made a whole double wedding ring quilt that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I found glue pinning to be easier for me than tape. I just put a small dot of Elmer's white washable school glue in the seam allowance and iron. The iron heat dries the glue so it sticks, but it is easy to pull the fabric apart later if I need to open the seam.
    Me too. Works like a charm.

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    I keep hearing about glue pinning. Guess I am going to have to try it. Thanks for all of your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    I opt for pins cause I seem to make a bigger mess with glue or tape--and too cheap to buy the Wonder clips. I have the standard yellow plastic pins for regular stuff, but if pinning batiks (tight weave) or need a really accurate pin (i.e. points,etc) then I use my F & P glass head pins--they are wonderful--sharp, thin, glass head and strong--bought at Tues Morning but bet they have them on the F & P website.
    I was too cheap too then I found knock offs on eBay for about $10 per 100. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...clips&_sacat=0 They work fine and if u break a few doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengler View Post
    I was too cheap too then I found knock offs on eBay for about $10 per 100. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...clips&_sacat=0 They work fine and if u break a few doesn't matter.
    I use the black paper clips for situations in which I don't want to glue because it's for a wall hanging that I don't want to launder.

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    I do glue baste my quilts together. This was just an idea I had for small units like HST or Flying Geese that worked out really well for me.

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