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« on: September 06, 2006 08:58:46 PM »

Alright Ladies (and possibly Gents)

I've seen safety pins sold for quilting, what do you all use them for? Do you use them at all? I'm trying to figure out what they're for!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2006 09:08:27 PM »

I read that you're supposed to use them when machine quilting to hold all the layers together. You're supposed to place one in the middle then smooth everything outward pinning all along. I guess they're supposed to be better than pins. That's a lot of "supposed to's" because I've only read about them...never used them myself.

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2006 05:49:15 AM »

Kaos is right -- you use them to baste the layers together, if you don't want to use thread, before you machine quilt.  They are bent in the middle so it's easier to get them through the layers of the quilt -- you slide them in from the top, and they almost automatically pop back up through.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2006 09:26:40 AM »

Aha! Thank you both very much! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006 10:13:03 AM »

I find bent safety pins very handy... if I didn't have them, I'd be covered in pinpricks!
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006 11:54:44 AM »

I literally have scars on my hands from those big, mean, straight quilting pins. The safety pins are a godsend. I find the layers can shift a bit unless I am diligent about starting from the middle, smoothing as I go, and using LOTS of pins. It's a tedious step, but once it's done, the home stretch is ON! Always very exciting, going from the piecing to the quilting stages.
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