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Old 12-15-2012, 01:58 PM
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I've been searching for half an hour and to no avail! Which pins do the best job when piecing? I don't need advice on how to choose a pin, just tell me what pin works best for you. I've tried many, but still think there must be something that works really well. Help!
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:03 PM
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I like the long, thin, flat, flower head pins.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:19 PM
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silk pins with glass heads...go in smooth
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:22 PM
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The flat flower head pins are my favourites. They lay nice and flat for doing OBW sections. I have sewn through the flower and it didn't break my sewing machine needle or mess up the machine timing. Not something I recommend but it happens.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:47 PM
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Sometimes I use a flat flower-head, other times I prefer a sharper pin. Sometimes I want it longer, sometimes shorter. It all depends on the application.
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These are my faves. They are very sharp, thin shafts. I keep mine in one of those wool pin cushions to keep them "lanolinized" to prevent rust. They are $11.95 at Amazon, where I got this picture.

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Old 12-15-2012, 02:52 PM
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The smaller the shaft diameter the better. Easier to get through the fabric layers and also does not distort the fabric at seam joints nearly as much.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:54 PM
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I like the long (1 1/2 inch) glass head pins, but I rarely pin anything.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:57 PM
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I've almost stopped using pins. I switched to the red binding clips and find my seams lay flatter when sewing. I do use a long, sharp flower head pin to match the points of triangles (put straight in, perpendicular, to the block) then put a clip on each side close to the pin, remove the pin, then sew. The clips slide off easily as I get to them and I'm not pulling pins out and moving the fabric. The clips also have a 1/4" mark on them so I can double check my seam allowance.
I primarily paper piece and was bending pins and distorting my pieces until I started using the little clips. Now I use them even when not paper piecing.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:59 PM
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I too rarely pin anything anymore unless prepping lots of pieces prior to a project that I intend to travel with to a meeting. I have lots of pins in different sizes. I have the ones with the flat, flower heads on them. The typical ones that you used to see mom use, and all of them I have in different sizes to fit whatever I am working on. Just try some out and see what works best for you.
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