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Thread: Those yellow quilter's pins?????

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    I bought those "quilter's must have" yellow quilter's pins many years ago and never used them. I've been quilting steady for years now. They are so long and unreasonable for piecing 1/4 inch seams. So what are we supposed to be using them for, does anyone know? I use them now to hold fabric to the back of my little fabric bolts.

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    I use mine - but then again, I don't think I pin the 'normal' way.

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    I sometime use them when machine quilting to add extra pins just before the pressure foot. Especially when the fabric looks like it will bunch. Have to be careful of the points.
    There is a product on the market now that looks like plastic ear plugs that the "inventor" show how to use the longer yellow pins to baste and protect the point by pushing the ear plug on to it.
    Otherwise they are useless to me.

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    I use them to hold together my top, batting and backing when I quilt.

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    I have some too that I don't use for quilting...maybe to pin borders onto quilt...but not for any piecing. Lately I have been using some to apply glue for some projects and throwing away after (instead of using toothpicks)...at least then I don't feel the guilt of just throwing them away.

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    I don't like the round yellow head pins called Quilter's Pins. they are too thick and not very sharp. I use the glass head pins, very thin and sharp and some have yellow heads but you can tell the difference by the price. Fons and Porter has short and long glass head pins that are great. Clover pins are excellent too. Once you use a great sharp pin you won't reach for the yellow headed pins again. I do like the yellow flower head pins.

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    I use the white glass head pins.
    They don't melt under the iron.
    Their extra fine.
    I got them at jo-anns.

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    I like them, but find I use them mainly when doing large piecing & even use them for regular sewing instead of normal straight pins. They don't get lost like the small ones do. I find the flat flower head pins are nice & really like the small glass heads for small piecing & curves. For smaller quilt projects, like tabletoppers & bench covers, the yellow head pins work to hold the layers together better than safety pins & because the heads are large, they are quick & easy to remove while machine stitching. So I'd say having an assortment means you'll have the right one at the right time.

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    they're great for frame quilting

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    If it's the flower head pins, they are great for pinning a pattern or whatever you need to cut around & still be able to use the acrylic rulers. They lay flat & your ruler doesn't teeter totter back & forth when you are trying to hold it down. As for ironing with them, no, they melt!

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    A machine needle can sew through the flower heads with ease. I have had to remove a few stitches from them before!

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    I use them. They seem to work for me for piecing and pinning things together. I had to buy another pack of them for my current quilt (and those bent quilter's saftey pins) because I ran out trying to pin the borders down flat.

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    I use mine to pin my quilt tops and backings onto my LA rollers. They work great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    If it's the flower head pins, they are great for pinning a pattern or whatever you need to cut around & still be able to use the acrylic rulers. They lay flat & your ruler doesn't teeter totter back & forth when you are trying to hold it down. As for ironing with them, no, they melt!
    I love mine.. they are super thin and I do use them for piecing but pretty much useful for anything.. Then I bought what i thought were the same ones- since I used them for everything and wanted more on hand- but they were 'thicker' and I didn't like these new one ones at all.. made to big of holes in my fabric..

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    This is how I use those yellow quilters pins. Rather than having the pin hang out of the edge, I put them alongside where the stitching line will go. Then I don't have to worry about running over them with the sewing machine and because they're long pins, they cover a good size area.
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    I use them on my design wall to pin up notes, directions, or large heavier fabric if needed.

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    I use them all the time. They work well for me.

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    I only use the yellow head pins for one thing, when I am down on the carpet layering the three parts prior to basting. They are great to hold all layers taught whilst I baste. I do not use them when actually sewing the quilt, I prefere to use ordinary dress makers pins foreverything else.

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    There is more than one size of the yellow head pins. I don't use the heavier ones, but I use the thin ones all the time. I also use very fine silk pins that I can even sew over when I don't want any shifting when sewing over seams.

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    I used to use them all the time , till I started sewing on Batiks. they are too thick , and leave holes in the finely woven batik fabric. After having discovered really super fine pins it felt like I was driving nails into my fabrics.
    I have them on a seperate magnet , and use them on my desing wall and pin in what will be the seam allowance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    A machine needle can sew through the flower heads with ease. I have had to remove a few stitches from them before!
    I have a few with needle holes in them too LOL
    I do like them, because they lay flat :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    This is how I use those yellow quilters pins. Rather than having the pin hang out of the edge, I put them alongside where the stitching line will go. Then I don't have to worry about running over them with the sewing machine and because they're long pins, they cover a good size area.
    love your pin cushion :mrgreen:

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    I use them for holding binding and to hold the sandwich together when I tie my quilts. Use the finer pins for piecing.

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    Yeh, I started with these too. Now as mentioned I use them to pin my wrapped fabric. I also use them to pin my backings to the frame.

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    I threw out my yellow head quilting pins after I discovered the glass head silk pins.

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