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Thread: Straight pins recommendation

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    Straight pins recommendation

    Can anyone recommend a good extra fine long pin for piecing? There are so many pins out there. thanks so much!

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    I like to use long silk pins. I don't have a brand that I buy but silk pins are very fine and leave no holes in the material. They also have glass heads so no melting if you press them with a hot iron.
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    me too- glass head silk pins- can be found in 3 or 4 different lengths.
    clotildes, nancy's notions, keepsake quilting plus i'm sure lots of other sources.
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    My favorite is Dritz #16980 Extra Fine Glass Head Pins - size 22. They are 1 3/8" long with a .5mm shaft. Of all my pins I'll choose this one first.
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    I like the Clover Quilting pins, they come in several lengths, I think mine are 1 1/4 inches, have glass heads and have a very thin shaft, so slides in and out of fabric.

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    My favorite are the flowerhead pins. They glide through the fabric like butter and are easy for me to use with my arthritis. The other thing I like is they are so tiny around that they don't distort the fabric while pinning to assemble intricate quilt designs.
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    I also like the flowerhead pins, they're smooth. I have a lot of pins that I hate, they feel rough when they go through the fabric. I often wonder if they're not nickel-plated, but they're hand-me-downs from my mom, so I have no way of knowing.

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    These are my favorites!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by karen in nd View Post
    I like the Clover Quilting pins, they come in several lengths, I think mine are 1 1/4 inches, have glass heads and have a very thin shaft, so slides in and out of fabric.

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    glass head ultra fine!

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    I like Dritz #172 Ultra-Fine Glass Head Pins--size 22--1 3/8" best. Bought them at Joann's.

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    I only use the yellow and blue glass head pins (I think by Clover) which are .4 thickness. It is much finer than .5 thickness, which is what you usually find being sold as "fine" pins. Around here .5 is the only thing available locally. I always buy a package of the .4 pins anytime I attend a quilt show and they are available from a vendor. I am terrified they'll quit making them and I won' t have any, so I have a couple packages squirreled away now. Because they are so thin, they cause little or no distortion in the fabric, and if you are careful (meaning I stitch one stitch at a time) you can sew over them. On the rare occasion when my needle has hit a pin, the pin just bends. They are so thin and flexible you can bend them even in pinning if you are aggressive about it. There are also some flower head pins which are .45 in thickness, and they are better than the regular .5 flower head pins. Those are easily identified because they are all light blue on one side and darker blue on the other side. Most all pins tell you the thickness on the package in small print somewhere.

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