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This post will cover the question that has been burning passionately in your heart. The question you can't seem to get out of your head no matter how hard you try. The question you must have an answer to! What are the BEST pins for quilting??
I know. I know it's all you can think about, so let me calm your beating heart, and share my pin secrets. Because ask yourself another question, Where would we be without OUR PINS?! They help keep our seams perfectly inline and all of our layers in check while we sew every project. And how do we thank them?
Well, we usually don’t. That all ends today, people. I hereby declare that today is officially Pin Appreciation Day!
Check out my favorite notions for quilting!
When you’re looking for the best pins for quilting, you want to get something long and strong. A pin’s job is to go through all of your fabric layers without damaging them, and to stay there until you give them permission to return to their tray or cushion or wherever the hip pin hangout is at your house (more on that later.)
Oh, it’s also a bonus if they’re easy to find, both in the project… and on the floor. I don’t think I need to explain why, right?
I’ll tell you who does the job right. This Pin Appreciation Day, I’m going to give a “World’s Best Pins” mug to…
The 2 Best Pins for Quilting...
I use these pins all. The. time. And man can these babies breeze through fabric. These quilting pins have it all: they’re long enough to grip, really strong, and the heads are heat resistant, in case you have an impromptu ironing or steaming sesh.
The glass heads are also nice and sparkly and easy to find if you’re looking for them in a quilt, or in your carpet. I mean, they have “Crystal” right in their name like a celebrity.
I also have these listed as part of my favorite tools.
After 16 years of quilting, I have had the most success with "Glass Head" pins or "Fine Quilting" pins. These come in a couple different lengths. For me, the longer pins are easier to push through fabric than the short ones. You can see the difference in size below.
If you're wondering if one brand is better than the other in terms of quality, honestly, I think they are exactly the same. I use these Clover and Dritz pins interchangeably.
Now that we’ve established the best pins… let’s talk about the worst ones.
The very worst pin is… the one that’s stuck in your foot.
That’s why your pins need an extra special present for Pin Appreciation Day this year… a new tray. I recommend…
Why do I love this thing? Because it’s pretty much indestructible. It is NEVER going to fall apart on you and scatter your pins like unsuspecting tiny daggers in your rug. It’s also SUPER magnetic, so you can literally throw a handful of pins at it and it’ll catch them. My record is a throw from 5 ft. away, so let me know if you break that.
I also throw other small metal things at it...which probably is going to break it some day, but so far so good.
This particular organizer is also handy because it’s really good at sending the pin heads to the outer edge of the holder, ready for the picking. Your pins will love their new hangout… and so will you.
I know it's tempting to grab a cheaper version of this magnetic tray. I know, because I did that three times before I was SO TIRED of the tray falling apart and sending pins all over my sewing studio. Learn from my cheapskate mistakes, and don't buy a tray that looks like this...
Are you loving these fresh fat quarters you've been seeing? They are apart of a fat quarter bundle I used when making my video class series – Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis! The fabric is Boundless Solids Call Me Contemporary.
Now you know my favs… what are yours? People are usually pretty opinionated (o-PIN-ionated? Get it? k.) about their pins, so let the comments fly!