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Old 05-19-2017, 08:22 AM
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 08:43 AM
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 09:29 AM
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 09:31 AM
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 09:46 AM
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 10:07 AM
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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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