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Binder clips for "pinning" leather (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 11/21/05 5:22 PM
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When working with leather, I use binder clips to hold leather pieces together while sewing. Since you can't pin the leather, these hold them securely in place. As the presser foot approaches the clip, I slide the clip backward, keeping the leather pieces from shifting around. I have several sizes, but I like to use the 3/4" size the best for most seam allowances. They are less expensive than leather clips, and you don't need to find a specialty retailer. You can buy binder clips inexpensively at any stationary store.

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Ann
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els said...
Ann great tip , I do the same but I use Bulldog and fold back clips instead.
11/21/05 7:06 PM
MaryLynn in Long Beach said...
Good tip, Ann. I also use binder clips when I'm sewing vinyl.
11/21/05 7:30 PM
Stitchology said...
Thanks. I need to get some of these since I just made something with heavy US and the big paper clips I used for pinning kept leaping off the thick pieces.
11/21/05 8:08 PM
Deepika said...
Not only for leather, but I also use binder clips for holding several layers of fabric when its too thick. They are especially good for handbags or fabric bowls when you have one of those really heavy interfacings. Since I use glass head tiny pins, they dont really pierce several layers of thick fabric.
11/21/05 10:06 PM

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