I wonder… Do you pause for pins?

I wonder-pause for pins-Cover Image-Make It NiftyI was sewing the hem on a circular skirt the other day. I had carefully pressed and pinned the very curved hem so it wouldn’t get all skewed as I machine stitched it in place. As I was sewing my hem I paused to remove each pin; there were a lot of pins so I was stopping and starting a lot. Those pesky (but very useful) pins were slowing me down! I thought to myself “I wonder if other people have to pause to remove pins?”

I’ve seen some sewists who remove pins while their machine is stitching and that blows my mind. I’m just not coordinated enough to do that and when I try my stitching can go a bit wonky.

I’ve also seen sewists not use pins at all. I only really do that if I’m sewing straight seams where there’s no easing, sewing on the bias or curves involved. At the very least I pin at the beginning and end and middle of a seam.

I Wonder - Pause for Pins - Make It NiftyI’ve heard some people just sew over pins! Of course there is a time and a place where doing that is helpful, like when matching prints and patterns along a seam, but you have to sew very slowly and make sure the needle doesn’t hit a pin, because if your needle does hit a pin – “Bang! Crunch! Kapow!” – things can go very wrong – ask me how I know 😉

When I’m at my sewing machine I want to be sewing, not fiddling around with seams trying to align them. The last thing I want is having to rip out a line of stitches because I didn’t take the time to pin and pause for the pins as I sew. So I guess it’s a bit of a balance – pinning, pausing as I sew and good seam vs. not pinning, sewing without pauses and having to rip out a bad seam.

So over to you,
Do you pause for pins?
Or do you remove them while your stitching?
Do you sew over pins?
Or just not bother pinning?

Until next time,

4 thoughts on “I wonder… Do you pause for pins?

  1. I use a lot of pins, and I always stop to remove them. It’s kind of a pain, but I like the accuracy! Sometimes when I have a long seam I can get into a groove where I can remove the pins and keep sewing, just throwing the pins onto my sewing table without noticing where they wind up… which is often on the floor! Then I have to clean them up afterward. 🙂

  2. Nope, I sew right over them. 99% of the time it works out great. Once in a great while I end up with a pin bent at a right angle, or a 2-piece needle. My mother said the trick is to pin right at the seam line and to only pick up enough fabric to keep it all together. I’ve never mastered this though.

  3. One of the first times I tried using a sewing machine, I broke a needle. I only realized it had happened when I felt a shard of needle brush my face (very, very lightly) right under my eye. Made an impression. So I don’t sew over pins, because I’m a scaredy-cat.

  4. I always stop for pins! I hate breaking a needle, it’s always scary, so I don’t want to risk it. Besides, it risks blunting the needle even if it doesn’t break. I use a lot of pins if I’m sewing a curve, or a slippery fabric, but I often only pin the end and the middle if it’s a straight line. And then I’ll pin 10cm from where I’m sewing, and when I stop to take the pin out, I pin another 10cm down. I guess it does slow things down, but one of my sewing failures is rushing, so forcing myself to go slow isn’t a bad thing.

    I also try never to hold pins in my mouth, after I read an account from someone who swallowed a pin! It was horrifying.

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