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Although they are among the tiniest of sewing tools, pins have very important jobs.

Pins may be the tiniest of sewing tools, but they take on big, important jobs. They hold pattern pieces in place, anchor seam allowances as you sew, fit fabric on the body, and secure all sorts of squirmy trims, delicate sequins, and miniscule beads. If, like many of us, you take for granted the pins that pepper your pincushion, I urge you to take a good hard look—from head to point—at each of those little bits of metal. There are many, many pins on the market—some are quite unusual and wonderful. What is the reason for all of these choices? One pin can’t successfully tackle all fabrics and sewing tasks. Simply stated, different jobs require different pins... read on!

Dritz Ball Point Pins 350/Pkg

Dritz Ball Point Pins 350/Pkg

Nickel-plated steel pins with plastic heads in reusable plastic storage box. Size 17.

Colored Glasshead Pins Sz 22

Colored Glasshead Pins Sz 22 $5.65

These very fine, sharp glass head pins with 0.50 steel shafts are extra strong. The glass head resists heat.

Quilter's Flat Flower Pins

Quilter's Flat Flower Pins

Designed with a flat head to make it easier to hold on to, to iron ove r without leaving a mark, and to hold several layers of fabric all at once. 50 in a package.

Applique Pins 150/Pkg

Applique Pins 150/Pkg

Small pins excellent for applique work.


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Comment by Kitty Jensen on August 7, 2011 at 9:20am
I saw some wonderfully decorated pins and would love to be able to make some. Not sure how to go about it but I will research and hopefully find some instructions. They would look great with my pincushions I have made.
Comment by Marion on March 23, 2010 at 2:26am
What a fascinating article! I had no idea there was such a wide variety of pins. Many thanks for this really interesting read.

Marion, UK
Comment by Tooty Hallberg on March 22, 2010 at 12:45pm
HI, I do alot of bridal sewing. Has anyone found pins that can go through layers and hold for the fitting bridal gowns ??? I have seen clips used in bridal salons so I am guessing that is the best way to make the alterations.

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