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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Pinning gloves?? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Pinning gloves??
Gloves to avoid being stabbed!??
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Date: 11/4/12 3:45 PM

Does any one know of any gloves that are thin enough to work with fabric and also help protect against being stabbed by pins?
If it had the added bonus of being quilting gloves, that'd be great!

I use bent safety pins when I quilt, but many times, before I get to that stage, I have to use regular sewing pins to help topstitch (as I am doing with this current quilt) the edge. Well I am getting stabbed many times!!---and I am being as careful as I can----though I feel like I am trying to work with a cactus....

So I tried searching online for gloves---something similar to what one can wear when working with knives, but not as bulky.... but I hadn't found anything. Does anyone else know of such gloves, or some they have found to help?

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Date: 11/5/12 5:29 AM

The Machingers have a plastic coating on the ends which may help. Gardening gloves have a similar coating, though I find that coating too thick to work well for me. I have resolved this problem by using the little Clover clips rather than pins when basting or adding binding.

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Date: 11/5/12 6:29 AM

I don't use straight pins anywhere when quilting unless it's piecing. I use safety pins for all other steps. I too like the clips. Are you getting stabbed in the same place all the time? Could you try one of those pieces of plastic circle that adhere as a kind of thimble?

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Date: 11/5/12 9:53 AM

Thanks y'all for your ideas!

I wondered if the machinger gloves would help. I do have to say that if I wear my Fons and Porter quilting gloves, I do not feel that I get stabbed as often---not use why that would be...

I never knew those Clover clips existed! That would had been a great help with the edge of my current quilt!! This quilt I am doing different by sewing the quilt inside out then turning right side out and sewing up the hole to do so. Well after I turned in right side out, I iron the edges and then pin down the edged so I can get a real flat, close stitch at 1/8" on the quilt edge. I was getting stabbed all over since there were pins all around the entire quilt. Those clips look like they would work perfectly for what I was using the pins to do! Thank you rtrittel for showing those to me!

Thank you Sharon1952 for your thought of using the thimble---I do have one of those plastic-foldy-thimble things---and they are great to use when sewing with a needle through thick things!! Love them for that! I'm not getting stabbed in the same spot-----it's kinda where ever the pins get me at-----but I think it's b/c of using so MANY pins all around the edge of the quilt-----so that increased the probability of getting stabbed. My quilt that I was topstitching around the edge is 48"x84" with pins every 2".

I have just always used pins to pin down edges on quilts or when sewing collars that need to be topstitched----I found I would get a really nice, flat seam when using them. But I will definitely be looking for those clips!!! They look to give similar results with out the pain!

Thank you two again for your time and ideas!

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Date: 11/5/12 10:03 AM

If you do not have a Kwik Clip you can use a grapefruit spoon. The spoon's serrated edge holds the prong of the pin similar to the Kwik Clip.

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Date: 11/5/12 10:14 AM

I knew they made a tool for the pins! LOL! One of my quilting books suggested using a grapefruit spoon and I luckily have one and it does help!!!

I use the grapefruit spoon when undoing the safety pins to take OUT---I haven't figured out how to use the spoon to fasten the pins when putting them IN though...

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