Friday, October 1, 2010

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Pinning

So I thought I should point out one of those little things that most books tend to not point out. When pinning two pieces together and getting ready to sew, make sure your needle head is pointed TOWARD you, not AWAY from you. See above reference. The one on the right side not only makes it difficult to take the pins out as you go, but you are more likely to stab yourself with them. I know this, but sometimes I'm lazy and don't bother with it. Which is why I'm typing with a band-aid on my finger. Just sayin'.

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  1. Hmmm...I usually do mine sideways. Pin head to the right, raw edge of fabric. Easy to remove since I'm right handed and sometimes if the fabric is particularly slippery I leave them in and take them out afterwards. The pin head goes to the side of the foot and the needle usually just goes right over the pin.

  2. I'll do it that way too depending on the project. But for a lot of the silk that I use it causes puckering I don't like. Matter of preference, but BAD IDEA is definitely bad.

  3. I don't know if it's because I'm a lefty or what, but I'm chronically incapable of pinning the pins in "the good way". Seriously, in all the years I've been sewing with pins, I think only dozen times or so have I had the pins end up pointing the right way. ;) It was very nice when it happened though ;)