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How long do they usually last anyways?
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Date: 6/11/14 1:12 PM

I was doing some pinning yesterday & allot of mine had burrs & not sharp point. I thought gee seems like they are less than a year old. My favorites are the ones with the glass head so iron does not ruin them. ... How often are you replacing your straight pins? Does it seem like a whole container would last lest than a year or is that pretty typical anymore??
Thank you for the input. .... now to convince DH to take me to a sewing place... uh yeah good luck to me he has hardware stores on the brain.....

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Date: 6/11/14 1:21 PM

I've had my pins for at least 10 years and they are all fine. No problems with anything really - I might have the occasional head that comes off the pin but no burs or anything like that.

My mom has had the same pins for like 40 years ...

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Date: 6/11/14 1:27 PM

I use Fons & Porter's glass head pins and they seem to last for ever.

There shouldn't be any nicks unless you have sewn over the pins.

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Date: 6/11/14 1:43 PM

i usually wind up bending mine before they get any burrs, but it does sound like your issue is far beyond normal wear and tear. which brand did you buy?

why do i bend so many? i make a lot of bags, and i like the extra fine glass head pins. lots of layers of soft & stable, cotton, and interfacing aren't very kind to my pins. oh well.
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Date: 6/11/14 1:46 PM

These are the only pins I buy these days. I have a madness for pincushions so I have lots of pins, but these are my ultra favorites because they're so long and so fine. Nice when working with fine cottons and the like.
I have some shorter pins that I've had for a long time and they come in handy for some projects.

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Date: 6/11/14 2:00 PM

I wonder if pins aren't like so many other things - what was made years ago last longer than what's made today? I have pins I bought 30 years ago still going strong, and pins bought recently (the heat resistant button(?) head pins) that I threw a good bunch in the bad-pin bottle right out of the box. So many had burrs on the tip and snags in the plating, I should have fished them out of the bottle and returned them.

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Date: 6/11/14 2:38 PM

The biggest problem I face with pins lately (besides bending them or melting the head) is getting tape residue on the shaft. Ick. I might make a pin cushion stuffed with steel wool to help with this. Maybe.
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Date: 6/11/14 7:29 PM

I have been buying these at Hobby Lobby...
Hobby Lobby pins

Yes they bend easy too... grrr....

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She's my Baby & I'll love her if I want to, love her if I want to.... you would love her too she's the Baby ... the kins ...sung ..just one of her songs..
I miss you an awful lot my Baby ...Ab-i-gail she would come running when I would say her name like that...

Lord please take care of my much loved kitty. +
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Date: 6/11/14 7:30 PM

Do you find they work for all sewing? Garments as well as quilting? I just wondered, is one package or two the best ? Thank you for sharing..

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She's my Baby & I'll love her if I want to, love her if I want to.... you would love her too she's the Baby ... the kins ...sung ..just one of her songs..
I miss you an awful lot my Baby ...Ab-i-gail she would come running when I would say her name like that...

Lord please take care of my much loved kitty. +
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Date: 6/11/14 7:53 PM

I started out with Dritz, I do not like them besides they bend easily and do not slide into fabric without effort. I tried Iris Pins and they last forever. My tin is twenty years old and they are silky smooth. The price at Nancy's Notions is the same price I paid back when... so it's a great deal.


I also love any Clover Glasshead Pin but my favorite are these...

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