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« on: December 31, 2013 08:22:21 AM »

Well, I suck and take forever at anything sewing related as it is, but putting in all those pins just to take them back out again takes up most of the time. Is there any alternative? Do they make temporary adhesive or something that I can be using instead of all those pins?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014 07:34:27 AM »

Basting glue is available at any sewing store, and probably at craft stores as well. Or, you could use Elmer's or washable glue sticks. Water-based glues will come out in the wash. I haven't used them myself.

« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014 12:24:08 AM »

For cutting out, you can use weights.  They make sewing weights, but I use whatever comes to hand--the box of pins, extra scissors, nuts and bolts...

The more you sew, the fewer pins you'll need to hold pieces together while you stitch.  I used to be able to put a sleeve in without using any pins; I'm out of practice, so I'll use 2-3 pins now.

Try pinning just the start and end of the stitch line, plus any  turns or special treatment spots--like shoulder seams, where you ease half and keep the other half flat, I pin at the end of the ease section.  Stitch slowly (speed up as you get used to it), lining the pieces up and holding them together with your fingers while you stitch.  Keep a little tension on the fabric in line to be stitched; that will help keep the pieces together.

If you put you pins in with the heads sticking off the edge of the fabric, you can remove the pins while you stitch--I prefer to remove them just before they go under the needle, to reduce needle breakage.  You can also pin a little away from the stitch line so they aren't in the way, then remove them later.

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014 10:25:35 AM »

For while sewing I just got wonder clips (like binder clips for sewing) and they are great (and faster)

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2014 03:12:13 PM »

I've used a stapler with thick fabric (sewing patches onto denim).

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