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Date: 6/19/13 12:46 PM

I'm trying out this technique for making some custom-sized bias tape, but none of my pins are long enough! I did find one hatpin (in a hat, of all places!), but it's only a little over 2" long, not really long enough for the 1.75" strips I need.

Is this really something most seamstresses just have lying around? I'm making 3/4" tape; it's not like it's a weird size or anything!

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Date: 6/19/13 12:55 PM

I have something like that method bookmarked too and I'd planned to fashion my cross-ways pin using a long needle (2.5") held to the ironing board with pins at the size tape I want.
I haven't actually tried it yet, but in my head it seems workable...
All I need is my iron to be returned, on loan now nearly a week! Must make a polite phone call methinks!

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Date: 6/19/13 1:04 PM

what about sewing needles for dolls? I know they come in longer sizes. I think upholstery needles might be a bit much though.

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Date: 6/19/13 6:37 PM

What about quilting pins? They sell extra long pins for quilters, which should be easier to find than hat pins.

ETA: I have just used ordinary sewing pins, but I guess I tend to only make narrow binding.
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Date: 6/19/13 6:42 PM

Why not make one out of a long needle, two small squares of cardboard, and a rectangle of fabric? Place the needle between the cardboard squares, wrap the rectangle around the squares, and stitch the edges so it all stays shut.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:22 PM

I have corsage pins that are just a hair under 2" long. I think they come in longer sizes, also. Floral department at Joann's is where they can be found.

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Date: 6/20/13 1:15 AM

Doll needles are way overkill. They're 6" to 9" long. Flat flower-head pins (available at Joann's notions wall and a zillion other places) are 2" long, or at least mine are. Here's a link to some 6" hatpins on Amazon.

That's a gorgeous hat pin in the picture.

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Date: 6/20/13 1:18 AM

Thanks, everyone! A quick peek at Joann.com shows that they carry (online & in store) hatpins as long as 6". So that's a start.

But... Miss Fairchild and Mary got my mental wheels spinning, and I'm wondering if I can rig up something using floral wire, which I have on hand.

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Date: 6/20/13 6:59 AM

Judith M has 3" pins and longer pins without heads:
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Date: 6/20/13 3:02 PM

Try the "Dollar Store" . I bought long pins there for a craft I was doing.

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