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Posted on: 4/1/06 4:48 PM
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I know this is terribly obvious, but being a skinflint, I haven't replaced my pins in years and years! I finally got fed up because, even though I religiously throw away pins that are bent, really dull, or sticky, I was still having problems pinning a pattern onto some fine knit.

I got some new IBC silk pins and, boy, what a difference! I guess pins get dull gradually (like everything else), so you don't really notice until you try to pin something challenging. So now I'm going to try to remember to replace my pins every couple of years.

The other thing I found out is that new pins are really, really sharp, and if you don't want to have little drips of blood all over your fabric, you need to place them on your magnetic pincushion so that the tips aren't pointing up! It takes about 5 minutes to arrange them on the pincushion with the heads pointing out, and saves a lot of pain. It's easier if you do this *before* you dump them on the magnet, so that they don't get magnetized and stick to each other.

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4-corners said... (6/7/06 1:43 PM) Reply
Thanks for the nudge. I like the glass head expensive pins best and when enough dissapear I buy more, but replacing them all at once is a good idea.
MaryLynn in Long Beach said... (4/3/06 2:41 PM) Reply
Good Tip! I throw away my pins every couple of years. Seam rippers also get dull. Get a new one.
vasallese said... (4/2/06 6:15 PM) Reply
It really does make a difference with new pins. They make life easier. And to me, that's worth the money. Plus, there are so many different types out there for different purposes.
Stitchology said... (4/2/06 2:14 PM) Reply
I actually have some new, better quality pins sitting in boxes, waiting for my old, mediocre ones to be really ruined before I replace them. Time to quit being so thrifty and use good tools. Thanks for the nudge.
NoraNora said... (4/2/06 12:30 PM) Reply
I'm a skinflint too! I only like to use glass-head pins and they are relatively expensive, so I haven't replaced them in years either. I just bought some new ones and I also noticed a big difference in pinning finely woven or knit I'm considering replacing my old ones...your tip is making me consider seriously! Thanks for the nudge :)
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