Tuesday, February 1, 2011

pins

pinsI went shopping for some new pins. A simple enough task I thought. I was wrong. I spent a good ten minutes gazing in absolute awe and confusion at the pin display in Spotty. A huge price range for what in many cases all looked to be essentially the same sort of pins. After pontificating for a good while it became apparent that some were short, some were long, some were gold, nickel, name your metal of choice, and that quilters apparently only like the colour yellow. So much difference yet ultimately they were all pins.

I chose the cheap yet colourful ones in the end. They’re making me happy… but I wonder – is there something about pins that I’m missing?

15 comments:

  1. I don't know much about pins except for the fact that I always choose the long ones. But I do know that I LOVE your pin cushion. LOVE!!!!! Did you make it?

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  2. I don't know much about pins either, but I have noticed that there's a difference in sharpness. I think a sharper thinner pin would be better for delicate fabrics?
    I usually only use clips as I'm a clutz!

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  3. Hehe! I get a bit goggled eyed too when faced with too much choice. I usually go for sharp with glass heads, because they don't melt if you accidentally iron them.

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  4. This made me laugh. I bought a packet of coloured top pins in the $2 dollar shop last week, but haven't been able to open the packet, as I just appreciate the spiral packaging they came in. Small pleasures ...
    Beautiful pin cushion. Enjoy your pins.
    Carmel

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  5. Oh beware the dodgy cheap colour headed pins, careful, they get tiny rust stains which can snag your fabric (there will be tears) so i use the yellow balled ended ones which are a bit longer & as you suspected, yes, quilters like yellow!! Love Posie

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  6. Glass headed ones that are thin and long are my choice for both dressmaking and patchwork. I can't pick up the little metal ones as I'm a nailbiter from way back. The coloured plastic headed ones melt really well when you run over them with the iron, from experience!

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  7. I remember doing the same thing in Spotlight a few weeks back. I was looking for glass as the iron-melting-plastic-onto-your-sewing is right up there with dulling-your-overlocker-blade-by chomping-pins with me for annoyance factor. But of all the combinations, I couldn't find glass headed ones. At least you have happy pins :)

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  8. The only thing I know about pin shopping is that I was very frustrated with some cheap coloured head ball pins as they kept coming off and in firm fabric like drill or denim it was a real pain to try to keep pulling out the pin posts without heads.

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  9. I always just bought the cheap plastic ball-head ones but it now seems that there is cheap and cheap. And you need to get the less cheap otherwise you can't get the pins into the fabric, not sharp enough. Cherrie

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  10. I love pins! I have managed to acquire and been gifted four types. The yellow headed quilting pins, multi coloured glass headed pins, fine silver quilters pins and really long ones with fancy flat plastic heads. I keep them in separate pin cushions and choose which to use depending on what I'm working on. Having so many pins means I never run out either.

    Don't know if that helps answer your question or not? :)

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  11. I'm a cheap and cheerful pin user too! I usually buy the ones on a round plastic "fan" with a metallic coloured ball end. I have inherited lots of short metal flat-headed pins but only use them if I've run out of the others!

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  12. I've often wondered the same thing. It's a bit overwhelming sometimes.
    All I know is I loose them constantly. I don't know how many boxes I go through a year but it's something of a shocked. xo

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  13. sally i love pins too. but wow i really love your pincusion

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  14. I used to get completely baffled at all the pin options and a friend sent me ones like these http://www.clover-usa.com/product/69402/2505/_/Flower_Head_Pins_(Card) and I am converted! They lay flat against fabric so you can sew really close to them without have to constantly remove.

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  15. I've found there's a different pin for a different job! I'm always losing pins, the container that is.
    Just yesterday I decided I'm in need of a decent sized pin cusion, not those dicky little ones, a good sized one, that can always be found and filled with lambswool.
    When I embroider I use tiny white ended ones that I adore!!
    Recently discovered florist pins, they're huge and go through layers and layers of fabric, even 4 layers of denim!
    Pins are like most things, ya get what ya pay for.

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