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Thread: Pins and sewing machines

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    Super Member crkathleen's Avatar
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    Do you remove your pins or do you sew over them on your machine? I use the fine glass headed ones and sew over them. Sometimes they do bend. Am I causing any problems for my machine? Thanks

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    I sew over mine all the time. When I am approaching a pin I just slow way down and usually just stitch right over it.

    Everyone says to remove the pins because when you hit one it can break your needle and sometimes throw your machine out of time. But if you are careful you should be able to avoid those problems.

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    Kathleen, I do not pin very often and I ALWAYS remove my pins before I get to them. If you sew over a pin and your needle hits it, it can damage your sewing machine motor and can be expensive to repair (don't ask me how I know!! :wink: )

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    On the 70's machine I used for years, I could go right over them, but have broken needles on newer ones. I seldom pin, either, except for curves.

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    Wow........I do both....depending on the situation....if I pin to keep my seams to marry so I have nice points...don't make much since in taking them out....I have hit many with different results...broken needles and bent pins....I have used my machines for 20+ years and no problems....and I have sewed many things from quilts to cloths and crafts.....I took Home Ec in schoool some odd years ago and it was taught to us to sew over them......But now my quilting girls has a hissy when I don't take my needles out and I'm a pinner....so in my judgement for whatever it is worth.....do what works for ya.....juat change your needle more often.....:-).....

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    I never sew over pins (clearing throat, rolling eyes & fingers crossed behind my back) :wink: ! Actually, I usually do try to pull them out just before the needle if it looks close & always go slow slow slow as I approach them. I've bent pins & broken needles in the past too.

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    I seldom use pins. If I need to pin fabric before sewing I use glue.

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    I am one that sews over her pins!! :D As I am doing that, I always do slow down & ease the needle over the pins. It seems to work great for me.
    Hope this is of some help to you.

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    I have two 30+ year old machines. I sew over the pins. If I had a newer, more delicate (read "pricey") machine, I'd probably reconsider. In home ec almost two decades ago, we were told to just sew over them slowly.

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    we really shouldn't sew over our pins. it's dangerous. if you don't wear glasses anyway, then you should put on some safety glasses to protect your eyes in the even a needle breaks and that little tip goes flying. and if you've ever had to dig a bent pin out of the feed dogs, you'd know what a pain that can be. every time it happens to me i get knots in my stomach because i won't know whether or not i've done damage to the machine until i get the pin out and try sewing again. so far i've been lucky. one of these days, though, my luck is bound to run out. :lol:

    now that i've said "shouldn't", i'll confess that i have yet to learn my lesson. i still sew over them. sometimes i'm sensible and pull them out as the foot gets close. mostly i risk wreck and ruin by leaving them in. when the day finally comes that i have to write a big fat check to the repair shop, i promise i won't ask for pity. :lol:

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    Like most everyone else in Home Ec class I was told to sew over then I thought man what a smart machine to never hit a pin,but years later taking up sewing again I was told never to sew over pins,for all the reasons Patrice mentioned, most of the time I do not pin but when I do I remove the pins

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    I use to sew over the pins and break needles. Never had damage to the machine, but finally decided that I was buying too many needles, so now remove the pins. Once in a great while, I'll take it very slow and easy over the pin, but I usually chicken out and remove the pin before the needle gets too close.LOL

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    On my old machine, if I sewed over pins it would mess up the timing (whatever that is) and I'd have to take it to have it fixed. So, after about 3 times of that happening, I learned to never sew over one!
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    I TRY not to sew over pins but sometimes it happens :oops:

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    I used to sew over pins but stopped doing it when I started using the fancy yellow topped long pins. You just cannot sew over them like you can the old round head pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    we really shouldn't sew over our pins. it's dangerous. if you don't wear glasses anyway, then you should put on some safety glasses to protect your eyes in the even a needle breaks and that little tip goes flying. and if you've ever had to dig a bent pin out of the feed dogs, you'd know what a pain that can be. every time it happens to me i get knots in my stomach because i won't know whether or not i've done damage to the machine until i get the pin out and try sewing again. so far i've been lucky. one of these days, though, my luck is bound to run out. :lol:

    now that i've said "shouldn't", i'll confess that i have yet to learn my lesson. i still sew over them. sometimes i'm sensible and pull them out as the foot gets close. mostly i risk wreck and ruin by leaving them in. when the day finally comes that i have to write a big fat check to the repair shop, i promise i won't ask for pity. :lol:
    OMG~This has happened to me. While sewing away
    and over the pins the needle hit a pin .The needle
    broke and a piece of it bounced off my glasses.
    I don't sew over pins anymore. I cringe to think of
    what would have happened if not had glasses on.
    I've also run over pins and had them jammed in the
    feed dogs along with whatever I was sewing and that
    is NOT fun trying to get it out without ruining the fabric.
    Yes the repair shop bill will be hefty these days.

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    I always try to remove my pins as I sew. I was just taught that way.

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    I used to sew over pins and never had any trouble beyond an occasional broken needle until one day when I hit one that messed up the timing on my machine (fortunately this was before I had the pricey computerized machine - it was the old workhorse). But it was expensive to have it serviced and a pain to be without it for a week, so I don't sew over pins anymore.

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    I was taught to pin, pin, pin, for accuracy and to stop before you get to the pin and take it out. I use applique pins to pin, if you do happen to go over one, it doesn't seem to get hit with the needle, but there short and they can get loose and get caught in your feed dogs.

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    I do sew over pins and try not to hit one but it does happen it can break your needle. I do try to pull them out before the needle gets near them though.

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    I always remove them!!

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    ABSOLUTELY!!!!! [u]DO NOT under any circumstances sew over the pins. They have been know to break and could possibly fly up in the face.

    Also, a lot of pins are bent and have to be replaced.

    Please, please be careful.

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    Thanks everyone, I've ended up with a few "L" shaped pins. I need to either start squaring up after each step or pull them out right before I sew over them. For you talented quilters how do you not pin and end up with nice seams?
    This is part of my D9P. It doens't lay completely flat (and I believe it is because i'm stretching my blocks when I iron). I pin it to death and still it ends up "wonky" (haha. learned that word on this board).
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    I have something dark behind my fabric. That is why it looks that way. I used my scanner.

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    have you tried a little spray starch before ironing. And, don't iron it to death. Just press. There is a difference in ironing and pressing. Let the starch dry really well before pressing.

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