Over the last eight posts we have been having fun answering simple sewing/quilting questions. Today let’s answer question number nine.
Today’s topic is pins. Pins are a common quilting tool. Pins come in various shapes and forms. Some are very short and thin while others are not. The head of a pin can be made of metal, glass or plastic. There are ball-point and sharp point pins. There are appliqué, quilting, safety, silk, T-pins and clips. Today’s question has three parts:
- Do you use pins?
- For what purpose?
- What type or brand do you prefer?
As you have learned from my previous posts I am very fussy. I’ve tried to loosen up and not be so particular but it seems to be a long term process. Given my need for perfection you can be sure I use pins when stitching quilting pieces together. If I’m working with my improv projects I do not. There are no seams or points to match with improv. I like to use quilting pins as my pin of choice. I prefer these because of their larger size and the large plastic ball. I’m not as young as I used to be so the larger utensils make it easier for me. There is a drawback to the plastic heads. I’ve learned through experience that a hot iron can melt the head to your fabric. Sigh…. ;). Melted plastic doesn’t come off fabric very easy. Dah!
If by chance I am working with wool appliqué, which is very seldom, I use my teeny tiny appliqué pins.