Brand Ambassador Lisa H. Calle shares some tips on what to do when it’s time to part with your old sewing pins. And if parting with your pins sounds a bit crazy, just read on to get some fabulous tips and tricks for keeping the simplest tool in your sewing room – the lowly pin – in tip top shape.
Like a lot of my quilting friends, I organized my sewing studio over the holiday break. One neglected are of my tools was my large stash of pins I had collected over the past fifteen years.
Most people probably don’t give much thought to their pins until it’s time to use them, and I was the same.
My poor pin cushion had every kind of pin under the sun stuck in it and I began to feel sorry for the little fellow!
Over the years I have found my favorites as I am sure you have as well, so I decided it was time to “cull the herd” so to speak. I grabbed my gecko, and went to work. How did you choose, you ask? I tossed all the pins that I avoided using when I would sew. What was left were my tride and true favorites. My go-to pins are the following:
Clover Patchwork Glasshead pins. I love these pins because they slide right into your piecing without any bulk to distort seams and they are very sharp.
Clover Applique pins. I really like these because they are small and don’t get in the way when doing hand applique.
Flower head pins. These are nice and long and flat. I use these for pin basting on my longarm.
This is when responsible pin ownership comes into play! So what do you do with those old pins? No, don’t say it! I hope you are not about to throw them in the trash! Oh, your poor trash man. You need to grab an old bottle of some sort. I use a bobbin container but I have been known to use old prescription bottles, too. I am still filling this one, and once its full, I will put the top on and THEN throw it in the trash. Make sure you are responsible when disposing of those sharp little buggers.
As for storing my pins there are so many different ways to store pins; such as pin cushions, wrist pin cushions, magnetic holders and the list goes on. I have given my Gecko a rest and no longer use him. I now use a magnetic pin holder that only holds one kind of pin. So this means I have three of these fantastic pin holders.
Now, what do you do when you open your box of pins and they spill everywhere? You will grab your magnetic pin wand and magically gather up all of the sharp little pins to save your tootsies!