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Pinning

 

 What type of pins to use?

The best type of pins to use should be made of steel and high polished, so that no marks are left on the fabric. The rounded pin heads as shown to the right are the easiest to use. A ball point pin should be used on pile or knitted fabrics.  A magnetic holder makes pinning and clean up a lot easier as shown to the right.

 

Here is a great supply you will need for sewing, a magnetic pin coushin.

 

Just a quick note:  If you purchased cheap 3/4" thin pins with tiny heads at the dollar store, they are great for seamstresses and for doing alterations.  But for home sewing and general dress making, they are too small to work with. They fall on chairs and the ground, and can not be seen for easy pick up.  So in our sewing studio you will find the larger dress making pins with the rounded heads. But keep in mind, you can sew over the little tiny 3/4" pins, you should not sew over the large dress making pins, even though on occasion we do.

Here is what can happen if you sew over a dress making needle.

Here is what can happen if you sew over a large dress-making pin. This doesn't happen all the time, only on a rare occasion. The sewing  machine needle not only broke the pin, it bent it in several places. This problem occurs sometimes because of a combination between sewing over a pin, and having a dull machine needle.

So if you are at a step and you need to sew over pins (Which I have to do many times too.), be careful.

 

Basic pinning method:

Pin the seams at both ends of the fabric first, making sure the ends match perfectly. Then pin in between the ends where the notches and dots are.  Place the pins perpendicular to the edge of your fabric piece.

As you stitch your seams stop just before reaching each pin and remove the pin.  If you don't remove the pins first you can break your needle by sewing over them.

 
When pinning a pattern piece onto fabric before cutting,  place pins parallel to the cutting line about 3-4" apart.

When pinning a pattern piece onto fabric before cutting,  place pins as shown in the photo to the left. They should be parallel to the cutting line and about 3-4 " apart. Click here to read more about Pinning Pattern pieces.

 

When pinning fabric pieces together for sewing, pins should be perpendicular to the edge of your fabric as shown to the right.

When pinning fabric pieces together for sewing, pins should be perpendicular to the edge of your fabric as shown to the right. Place pins about 3-4 finger lengths apart. There are times when pinning closer together is necessary like when gathering is needed.

 

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