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« on: November 15, 2004 09:13:20 PM »

Yea or Nay?
My mother has been sewing over pins (in hems and other straight stitch situations) for friggen' ever. My Granny sewed over her pins. As far as I know, Mom's machine has ever been damaged- in fact, only last month she finally got rid of the sewing machine she used to make my own baby clothes with- and I'm 31!

How is it that the needle seems to skip over the pins? Does it hit the pins ever? Does anyone else here sew over pins? I just got a machine and I'm torn. On the one hand, sewing over pins seems so convenient. On the other, it looks like a no-no.

So, I ask you, O wise ones- to do or not to do?

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004 09:35:09 PM »

Most often the needles just misses the pins or if it doesn't hit them directly straight on the needle just deflects them to the side. But when the needle does directly hit a pin it breaks the needle. Violently. Plus the "deflecting" dulls your needle really fast.

I used to sew over my pins, but I've found it's easier and faster to just pull them out as you go along. It saves you the chore of pulling them out later! Also, a lot of seams don't really need to be pinned if the fabrics are easy and not slippery.  I find myself using a lot fewer pins with much better results, and of course this is faster.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2004 09:37:56 PM »

*raises hand*  I admit it, I sew over pins.  don't tell my mother, she'd kill me!

the needle doesn't always got over them, at least not for me.  I have bent quite a few pins, and I've broken a couple of needles, too.  I've never had anything more serious than a needle breaking happen, although sometimes they get lodged in there really well and it's hard to get out.  I think that's partly b/c my mom's machine is a 1960's wokr horse - nothing can kill it.  and breaking needles is always an opportunity to have one fly in your eye, as my middle school home ec teacher always reminded us.

so, you really shouldn't do it...  but I find that it's worth it for me.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2004 09:23:41 AM »

I always pull mine out, because I like to have my pins parallel to the line I'm sewing, and even by pulling them out 99% of the time, I've still broken some needles that way.

I've heard if you DO want to sew over them, though, you've got to pin perpendicular to the line your sewing. Which makes sense if you think about the chances of the needle missing the pin!

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2004 10:17:08 AM »

this is definitely a habit worth breaking ... but i CAN'T! i always sew over pins (definitely at a right angle to the line i'm sewing!). but i have hit them and it scares me like heck every time! sometimes it bends the pin and sometimes it breaks my machine's needle, and i am very afraid that in the future sometime i'm going to get a shard lodged in the machine and have expensive repairs.
my mom says it's ok, and my aunt says never do it. so who knows.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2004 10:37:59 AM »

My sewing teacher in high school taught us to sew over pins. I've only had a few pins bend and one needle break but other than that I've never had a problem with it. My mom  always sews over pins and she's been sewing for about 30 years.

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2004 11:18:59 AM »

When you sew over pins you risk a couple off things.  First of all, if you strike a pin, the pin will bend.  Sometimes it bends way down into your machine and gets stuck in there.  When you try to yank it out with your pliers (do you hear the voice of experience here?) you might throw off the "Timing" of your machine - especially if you have an advanced machine like mine.....ahem....and have to take it in for an expensive repair. 

Second of all, you can break the machine needle.  This is not the end of the world if you keep a large supply on hand you can just replace it - I buy my machine needles in boxes of 100 - so this isn't a problem - BUT be sure to get every little bit of the needle out of the mechanism - there is a top that is still screwed in - there is a point - that is probably down inside your bobbin case AND there may also be a piece of the shaft that may be somewhere in between causing havoc and if you continue to sew with little bits of needle in the mechanism - you risk damage to your machine and might have to take it in for an expensive repair....  not that I have ever done anything so foolish...

The third risk is to your eyes.  I have had pieces of machine needles strike me in the face - never in the eye - so far - but I wear my reading glasses for sewing - I'm not taking any chances!

So, your choice....choose wisely....


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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2004 11:23:57 AM »

When I first learned to sew, my instructor told us it was okay to sew over pins. So my best friend and I (who took the class together) merrily went on our sewing-over-pins way. Until the day that a needle broke and *did* hit her in the face. Right below the eye. It wasn't "in the eye," like all of our moms (and home ec teachers)warned us, but close enough!

The following week, I read an article in Quilters' Newsletter by Alex Anderson (Host of Simply Quilts) who said that she had always sewed over pins in the past, but that she had recently had an experience that changed her mind. I can't find a link to the article online, but if Alex Anderson isn't sewing over pins, I'm not doing it either!

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2004 11:42:17 AM »

Same thing here....I used to sew over pins until I got a pin jammed in the machine, which broke the needle, which in turn flew up and hit me in the face.  Now I just pull the pins out as I go along, which really is easier than pulling them out later.  (And I'm sure it's much easier than having a piece of a broken needle removed from your eye!)
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2004 12:44:40 PM »

I just take them out as I go along. It's easy, but I end up wit alot of random pins all over the place Tongue

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