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Posted on: 4/26/04 6:14 AM
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Applique pins are tiny 1/2 inch long pins. They are normally used to pin an applique in place for hand sewing, so your sewing thread isn't caught on the pins so easily.
I finished a quilted wall hanging and decided to try these pins as "nails" to hang it, right through the fabric. It worked great! These make such tiny holes in the wall, that they can be patched with toothpaste later [old trick]. Here is a good tip for 'nailing' these...pick up the pin with needle-nosed pliers, close to the head of the pin. Use the pliers to hold the pin while tapping with a hammer...no hurt fingers.
These would work to hang anything that's fairly lightweight.

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ncegbu said... (5/18/04 4:52 PM) Reply
I save my used sewing machine needles to hang pictures/wallhangings. I've heard they can be used to hang quilts without having to use a rod. Used needles are very strong and make very small, unnoticeable holes in the wall.
SewVeryTall said... (5/1/04 6:05 AM) Reply
ROTFL...it just hit me, it's a smiley face!
SewVeryTall said... (4/28/04 8:45 AM) Reply
PVA...lol, thanks. I was thinking about this yesterday, and realized that tweezers could work to hold the pin too. I'm so curious, what does (8^D) mean?
PVA said... (4/27/04 9:55 AM) Reply
Two great tips in one! 'Way to go! I've never heard the toothpaste tip, and I would think the pliers would have to be needle-nose variety, but hey, some of us sewing folks have more tools than carpenters! ( 8^D)
 
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