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To pin or not to pin- is that really the question?

Have you ever been asked- “Do you pin?”

I have and I thought it was a weird question. For of course the answer is: “Sometimes yes, sometimes no.”

I come from a family of sewers; my mom sewed, my aunt sewed, my sister and I sewed, some of our cousins sewed…. but no one quilted. We made skirts and tops and costumes- once my mom made my sister and me the BEST prairie girls dresses and bonnets for Halloween. But that is another story!

Many years ago, I remember cutting out a skirt at my aunt’s house- she used 4 pins to my 16! I was a pin addict! Every few micro inches I would place a pin. And when I started quilting, I pinned like crazy.

Now, not so much. I still pin, but now there are now many more times that I don’t pin. I want to show you my favorite way to pin- then I have to get back to packing, painting, the moving van comes tomorrow!

These days, when I do pin, it is usually because I am sewing a long stretch of fabric like a border. Or a crazy point!

But this is how I pin- I love this method. I don’t remember who showed it to me (sorry, or I would give credit!)

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I place the pins at about a 30 degree angle (did I know before today it was a 30 degree angle- no! I had to check!), with the pin pointing towards the edge of the fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

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I make sure it is pointing up when I go to sew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I usually place only a few pins-  one a few inches from each end and one in about the middle, but I placed a few more so you could see. Though, sometimes my old, pin crazy self takes over I pin every few inches, but …

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Then, as I start to sew, I can just drag the pin head with my finger

and move the point out of the way of the needle.

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The pin does not usually even come out of the fabric, I just drag it away a little.

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Sometimes, the pin is already far enough away I don’t even have to move it!

It really speeds up the sewing process, it holds the fabrics together AND it saves my needles (and my pins) since I no longer sew over pins and ruin them!

Love this!

Now, back to packing. 🙁

Happy quilting,

Kate