Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins:
Clover Flower Head Pins
Here are some of the finer points (pun intended) of this style of pin:
- Large head is easy to see
- Size of head is easy to grasp and manipulate into the fabric
- Pin is long enough to work well with multiple layers of fabric
- Pin shaft is fairly thin and has a nice, sharp point, good for most all fabric types
- Head can be stitched through without breaking a needle if accidentally left in
- Since the pin lays flat, it won't interfere with a ruler that is placed over top
Consider having two pin cushions, one at your machine and one at your cutting table. This way you will have your pins within easy reach when you need them. I prefer a magnetic pin cushion. A magnetic pin cushion makes it easy to grab a pin when needed and drop it back onto the magnetic surface when done. If you happen to drop some pins, one swipe of the pincushion over the mess picks them right up for you. Try out the brand-new Zirkel Magnetic Pin Cushion. This little critter is cool!
Zirkel Magnetic Pin Cushion
When a pin is placed on its surface, the pin tip gravitates towards the center and the heads hang out around the outer edge, leaving each pin exposed for easy grabbing when you need one. Just look at it in action:
Take a little time to set up your sewing environment so it is most convenient for you. You will get more done, save time, and enjoy the process so much more.
Have fun, play, and create,