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Thread: ARE YOU A PINNER?

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    Senior Member MoMoSews's Avatar
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    AS I WAS MAKING SEVERAL STRIP SETS, I WAS WONDERING HOW MANY OF YOU OUT THERE PIN YOUR FABRIC TOGETHER BEFORE SEWING WHEN PIECING? I DO RELIGIOUSLY. I GUESS I'M AFRAID IT WON'T TURN OUT RIGHT. I KNOW OTHERS WHO DON'T. DO I NEED TO NOT BE SO PICKY? :shock:

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    Yep, pin, pin, pin. Especially on borders. pin, pin, pin! I've had some quilts come in with extra inches (one quilt had an extra 4" on each border, think 'ruffles'). That's what happens sometimes when you DON'T pin.
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    Sometimes I pin, to match things. Not always.

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    I know that some pin and a lot, me not so much, actually really not at all, not to hold my pieces anyway, I sometimes use them to mark the side I am to sew.

    It is a personal thing, some have to, some don't, I wouldn't quilt if I had to pin. though I have sewn for more than 15 years, makes a difference in my style of quilting, do what you need to do to be comfortable, if you feel the need to pin, pin away. would my work be more acurate if I pinned, maybe, maybe not.

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    I pin, especially when matching seams in the blocks. I always pin the borders, as mentioned, ruffles are not something we want!

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    I always pin when matching seems too. Rarely do I ever pin otherwise.

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    Currently a pinner. Points/seams match---go figure! :lol:

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    Some things I always pin, some I don't. If it involves points or stars or connecting seams yes. So I am in middle ground

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    I am a pinner and an Elemer's gluer :wink:

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    i never pin anything. not when traditional piecing, not when paper piece, not when sewing curves - absolutely never, under any circumstance, will i pin fabric.


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    I do pin boarders and I pin my backing on to Quilt also
    it all depends on how it's fitting together on different task that I might be doing.

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    I do . I hate ripping it out. But so used to pinning from my garment days

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    I pin on borders, sashings, so far i ahve not pinned when putting small pieces together.....but it really just depends on the size of the piece.

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    I hate pinning. I pin if I have to match exactly and don't think I can finger pin (The first quilting teacher I had was Elenor Burns on TV). Sashings always give me problems so I do pin those. I clip the borders and glue binding.

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    I hate pins! :twisted:

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    I rarely pin.

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    If I do strip sets and they are not too long, I will lay them, right sides facing, on the ironing board, spray with a little starch and press. The strips say together pretty well and you can avoid pins. When I pin, I get puckers where the pins are.

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    I pin borders and at joined seams. I just feel more comfortable doing it that way.

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    I only pin when I match seams and points.

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    I hand piece and I pin.. I'm quite anal about things matching.

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    I hate pinning, but I do it for the accuracy. I guess I am getting used to it. Anyone who can have something turn out right without pinning is either very good or very lucky.

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    This was interesting to read, Shelly, as I just came across a "ruffle" when sewing on my last row of the baby quilt I'm working on. I wondered how that happened. Thought I was going to have to rip the whole row but somehow I managed to smooth it out, but I thinking it could come back to haunt me, don't know. I had pinned, but maybe not enough?

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    In the case of the picture I showed, she just took a length of fabric, sewed it on, then whacked it off. If you measure across the middle, cut, then sew, you won't end up with the waves. As your feed dogs grab the fabric, they can slide the lower fabric more than the top, if they are not held securely, as what happened here. This is how you get ruffles.

    When you are making garments and want to ease in fabric, you put the larger under the smaller to ease it in.

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    LOL...I agree. I guess I need to be more confident. I hate to rip anything out.

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    Shelley..Thanks for the tip!

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