Tips for pinning


Dreamer… Did you know how to correctly position pinning when doing your sewing projects? Here we will show you how!

The pins help hold the layers of the fabric together when you sew, securing your pattern to mark them on the fabric.

Some sewers don’t use pins and prefer pattern weights for cutting or marking the layers of fabric together.

  • If you don’t have sewing weights and want to hold your patterns with something…

We suggest using nuts and washers to keep your molds and fabric on your table to prevent them from slipping.

You can get them at any hardware store, and it is an alternative to replace the sewing weights

But if you still prefer the pins…

Learn here how to use your pins correctly while sewing!

Using pins can be hard when you’re a beginner in sewing, but practice makes you master.

Here are some tips for correctly pinning!

Marking patterns…

When marking your patterns for transferring to the fabric, you should place your pins along the edge with the heads facing parallel to the edge of the fabric.

This way, you can trace the shape with your chalk without difficulties and without removing the pins for marking.

When cutting fabric with scissors…

When pinning fabric for cutting with your scissors, it doesn’t matter which way the pins face.

Because you can stop cutting when there’s a pin in the place.


When cutting fabric with rotary cutter…

But suppose you will cut with your rotary cutter. In that case, we recommend inserting the pins parallel to the fabric.

This way, you don’t need to remove the pins, and the rotary cutter will run without difficulties.

Your cuts will have perfect results!

Correctly position pinning when sewing…

When pinning the patterns or fabrics for sewing, you must ensure that you can remove the pins quickly.

Never sew over your pins! It’s extremely dangerous.

If the needle hits the pin, it may break, sending tiny metal shards flying at your face.

And it can also damage your sewing machine, throwing off the timing, which is expensive to fix.


So, you should insert your pins along the edge with the heads facing perpendicular to the edge of the fabric.

Avoiding the accidents you could have if you place and remove the pins facing parallel to the presser foot.

And for the last tip, we recommend using a pincushion before, during, and after your sewing project.


This way, they will never be disordered, on the floor, and you will always have the pins at hand.

Now let's learn about the types of pins you can use in your sewing projects!

We know that the position is not all; choosing pins may be a little bit confusing…

That’s why we explain to you which ones are the best for your projects!


Dressmaker pins:

They can be used on all kinds of fabrics, except delicate fabrics and silky.


These have a diameter of 0.55 mm and length of 3.0 cm and 3.4 cm long with tip round or plastic.

Silk pins:

Due to their fine diameter of 0.50 mm and 0.45 mm, they are ideal for fine silks, and synthetic fabrics since the holes they leave are small, and they disappear quickly.


Size 2.5 cm and 5.0 cm long with tip round or plastic.

Quiltin pins:

Extra-long with a larger diameter are used to fix thick layers of cloth.

They generally come in 4.8 cm in length and 0.6 mm and 0.5 mm in width.


Applique pins:

These are short pins to fix small applications, turn on sequins and beads in decoration work.

You can find them in 0.6mm diameter, 1.3cm and 1.9cm length.


Due to their thick diameter, you can use them in thick fabrics and net fabrics with a very loose weave like tulle.

They are 3.2 cm and 4.5 cm long.


Start using the correct tools in your projects. And prevent accidents using the correct position of your pins when sewing.

This way, you always will get the best results without hurting yourself and with the best finishes.

See you in the next post! Bye for now!

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