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sheeshoo
« on: March 17, 2004 08:15:25 AM »

Let me start by saying that I am VERY new to sewing. I've just been learning how to use my sewing machine over the past couple months. Yeah, I'm 30, but you can learn something new at any age!

One of my frustrations has been with something that SHOULD be very simple - pinning pieces together so that you can sew. I am just not good at this. After poking my fingers, bleeding on the fabric and or getting the pins caught up in the foot on the sewing machine, I thought, there has to be an easier way.

Those of you that are truely gifted with sewing may laugh at this, but for me, this works wonders. I STAPLE the fabric pieces together. Yeah you read that right - I just used my desk stapler and stapled instead of pinning. I could staple right up to the edge and save my fingertips, sewing machine, and sanity. The staples come out super easily, the foot of the machine glides right over them and the holes are not bigger than what you would get from pinning.

I know this is unconventional, but if someone out there is like me and having trouble with some of the sewing basics - this may help you too.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004 08:40:08 AM »

That's the best idea I've heard in a long time.

There are few things I hate worse than pinning.  Cutting fabric ranks right up there for me -- I'm a total klutz, even with a rotary cutter.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2004 09:26:56 AM »

sheeshoo, you rock!!  no more sticking the pins through the fabric and right in to the fingertips!!  no more getting jabbed in the hand while sewing along!  i love it!  thanks!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2004 01:54:42 PM »

That's the best idea I've heard in a long time.

There are few things I hate worse than pinning.  Cutting fabric ranks right up there for me -- I'm a total klutz, even with a rotary cutter.

have you tried electric scissors? i know they sound scary (at least they did to me!) but i recently used my MIL's pair on a important project using expensive fabric (velvet - eek!) and it helped. i eventually got my own pair - yay! the cutting goes faster, with less struggle, so i never even pin the pattern to the fabric anymore - i just use weights. it's like eliminating a step, and lets you get to the actual sewing even faster!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2004 06:52:43 PM »

Oh. My. God.  Sheeshoo, you are my new hero.  Thank you so much for the tip!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2004 08:16:40 PM »

I am glad there are people who hate pinning as much as me!!
One thing I did was glue a magnet to my sewing machine - that way as I sew if a pin gets loose I have a place to stick it without it landing on the floor.

I haven't tried the stapler technique but it is very resourceful!
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2004 10:57:45 AM »

I haven't tried electric scissors, Kabili.  I'll have to save up for them.

Using weights and electric scissors would make my least favorite part of the sewing process a lot faster and that much more tolerable.  Thanks for the suggestion!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2004 04:43:23 PM »

wow, stapling is a fabulous idea!  thanks.

i'm with you all on this one... i hate pinning too.  i'm always sticking myself by accident and dropping pins on my floor.  i also hate basting the interfacing to the fabric.  i realize there are fusible interfacings, but i dislike ironing as much as i do pinning & basting (man, i am lazy!) so what i do is use tacky glue (the kind intended for fabrics that dries clear).  the glue is also great for securing rick rack or piping to fabric in place of pinning.  you just sew the puppy up without worrying about removing pins.

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2004 07:33:38 PM »

How's this - my pattern cutting teacher is so smooth she hardly ever needs to use pins.  She can put in a zipper using - yes! - only one pin.  I bow at her feet.
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011 08:25:13 AM »

Stapling is great idea. however if you are working with a delicate fabric you cannot use staples.
I hand sew long stitches before i run on the machine. it is easy to undo as well and it does not leave any holes in any fabric you are using. this is my preference way.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2011 02:58:56 PM »

I boycotted pins long ago, they make my bitter!  But staples...you're a genius!  Would not work for everything, but goodness, I can think of many projects I have finished recently that would have went much smoother.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2011 11:11:04 AM »

Layout is the worst thing about sewing for me.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2011 07:47:42 PM »

Bloody marvelous!
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012 11:52:12 PM »

I know this is old, but I use the clover red quilt clips for clothes. I hate pinning.
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012 11:05:06 AM »

Ooh, I've heard those work great! I'll have to give stapling a try, whenever I work on fabric next, I mostly use felt for my projects ^^;
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2012 11:11:23 AM »

They do work great.
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« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2012 11:17:29 PM »

you know, it takes practice to make pinning easy, and if you avoid the practice, you'll never get good at it.  I would never staple, pins are SO much easier!  And sometimes weights.  And I can put in sleeves with a single pin.  Practice, Practice, Practice!

And avoid sewing over glue, tape, or other sticky stuff--it can gum up your machine.
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2013 07:24:38 PM »

you know, it takes practice to make pinning easy, and if you avoid the practice, you'll never get good at it.  I would never staple, pins are SO much easier!  And sometimes weights.  And I can put in sleeves with a single pin.  Practice, Practice, Practice!

And avoid sewing over glue, tape, or other sticky stuff--it can gum up your machine.

Does this include things like Stitch Witchery?
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steiconi
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2013 02:03:21 AM »

I've never had a problem with stitch witchery or other dry iron-on type adhesives.
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