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MrsStash
« on: January 14, 2010 09:03:16 AM »

Hello, all!

I just got my sewing machine last night and had fun with some scraps I had around
(made a little pillow! Smiley)..., but I was just kind of free-handing it, as I don't have any straight pins.

Now, I am going to go pick some up, but my question is:

Is there a "way" to sew over the pins?  I am scared I will bust my needle or hurt my machine sewing over the pins in the fabric!  I thought I had seen other people (TV) sewing over pins.  Or, am I mistaken, and you take the pins out before you sew?

Thank you in advance for your response!
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010 09:15:38 AM »

you can def. sew over pins.  just make sure that they're sideways and not up and down going up into the foot, because then it gets stuck and you do have to take the pin out.  occasionally you do hit one with the needle and you might hear a *ca-chunk* but it's usually the pin that gets bent and if it's too bad you can throw it out.  and even if the needle breaks you can just replace that too (trust me, i have experience with that  Roll Eyes).  it's always good to have a couple of backup needles handy just in case.  hope that puts your mind at ease a bit.   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010 10:15:01 AM »

Yeah technically your not supposed to sew over pins but I think everyone does.  I've bent more pins than I care to admit, I even broke a needle the last time I was sewing. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010 11:23:31 AM »

AHHH, thank you so much, the both of you!   Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2010 03:47:21 PM »

I don't take my chances with sewing over pins, so I am the slow sewer who has to stop and go. However, with time you'll get better at matching the notches and soon enough no pinning at all! As long as you're marking accurately during that step and the pattern is well drafted, pins are unnecessary. That's how they do it in the factories. I had two different sewing instructors who were complete polar opposites about pinning and not pinning so I learned both methods. I still prefer pinning, especially on set in sleeves, but it sure saves a step when you can just match notches and go.
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monstergramma
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2010 08:47:48 PM »

I would not sew over pins.  It can damage your machine.  If I need pins I remove them as I get to them.

also, You'll shoot your eye out. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010 09:59:03 PM »

I would not sew over pins.  It can damage your machine.  If I need pins I remove them as I get to them.

also, You'll shoot your eye out. 

i HAVE shot my eye out! well, not completely, but my needle broke once while sewing over a pin and it flew up and hit my eye. it happened to be at the perfect moment while i was blinking so there was no damage! but it was scary. so yes, be careful.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010 11:08:04 PM »

I would not sew over pins.  It can damage your machine.  If I need pins I remove them as I get to them.

also, You'll shoot your eye out.  

i HAVE shot my eye out! well, not completely, but my needle broke once while sewing over a pin and it flew up and hit my eye. it happened to be at the perfect moment while i was blinking so there was no damage! but it was scary. so yes, be careful.
So Have I! Luckily it hit me on the cheekbone, and another time in my glasses lens.
I like to only use a minimum amount of pins, and NEVER sew over them. For several reasons:
1) they make your stitch slightly crooked when sewing over them
2) they can dull or break your needle, even causing it to fly into your face
3) You can get stuck by them
4) As mentioned already... A lot of times you just don't need them.
BUT... it depends on the fabric. If you have to, just use as few as possible and take them out as you go.
4)An alternative... If you are sewing wierd stuff, like anything thick, or slippery..
you can use your stapler. Just put the staple close to the edge of the fabric, parallel to the edge. That way, they don't even get in the way.
And, It works great on vinyl, or wierd material combinations. Or anything too thick to put a pin in.  Or, long lengths of fabric that shift while sewing, you won't have the "pins" falling out on you, or poking you due to hiding under a mass of fabric.

I remember back in home-ec class in Jr. high school, the teacher told us to sew over pins. She also had them every 3 0r 4 inches apart. Maybe she felt this was necessarry for the students, or it was just she was trying to give them more control over the fabric. At any rate, don't take to heart everything those teachers say. A lot of sewing is just learned by doing.
You will learn to adjust your methods to fit yourself.  
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monstergramma
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010 03:38:23 PM »

That's funny, we must have had the same Home Ec teacher.  Mine said to sew over the pins too.  Weird.....
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010 11:09:19 AM »

Depending on what I'm doing, I like to place my pins just to the outside of my seam allowance, so that I can sew with the pins in, and not have to worry about actually sewing over.  This is mostly true for cottons.  Slippery fabrics I need to pin on the seam line.  Then I stop and go.  I've sewn over a pin, and bent it, and just seeing what the force of a sewing machine can do to a straight pin...that was enough to scare me into stopping and starting.  Also, at least on my machine, hitting a pin tends to make either my stitches skip, or my thread break.
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