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On pins & needles

October 3rd, 2007

Or more appropriately… On pins and needles - jammed in my foot  (and I know I’m not the only who kicks off a shoe to sew).  I use a lot of pins and needles ’round here.  And they don’t always end up tucked snugly back into their emery cushions and sharpen while I sleep.  My cat Mochi has a pin fetish, so I must keep my straight pins secured.  My safety pins on the other hand get raked into a jar.  I do most of my basting with these killer and incredible anodized basting pins from EZ Quilting by Wrights.  Oh but what a pain to open, close, open, close, open and close those little suckers all the time.  I’ve found that it doesn’t have to be that way, and now I keep my pins permanently open.  Oh yes… what a time-saver this is.  Not to mention sooo much easier on my pudgy appendages.

What looks to be a jumbled mess of side-show salad… all you need to do is GRAB - LIFT - DROP.

And this is what you get.  It’s magic.  If only I had a fast trick for my other most used tool… my seam-ripper.

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18 Responses

  1. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Yea, I’ve tried to use safety pins (open and closed), but I just went back to using the long straight pins. Doesn’t really matter. I still poke and scratch myself up and down my arms. Your pins sure are purty, tho! :)

  2. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    I use the same method, must save me ..oh seconds, but you know how valuable our time is for this mundane stuff..lol

  3. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I think my family’s getting tired of me hopping around on one foot and cursing. Seems to be alot of eye rolling going on around here lately…It’s okay, Mom’s just sewing again.

  4. The fabulous Laurie Hanlon allegedly said:

    Yeah, I leave mine open too. I love the ones with the slight curve in them for basting.

  5. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I leave mine open as well, but you know what I really really love. BASTING SPRAY.

    And like Cindy.. I’ve also used straight pins. That’s how I learned to machine quilt. And I’ve got the battle scars to prove it.

  6. The fabulous brandy allegedly said:

    All hail the seam ripper!!! Good Lord, what would I do without that thing! I have to keep my pins put up. My kids like to “stab” the tomato and pig pin cushion.

  7. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Hey cute pins ya got there and love the jar too. Hubby’s used to finding pins all over the house. Even the poor dog had a needle that was threaded on her back during my sleepover. We all thought it was just thread and we laughed. Then someone walked over and said OMG it’s a needle that is still threaded.

  8. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Whenever I’m pinning my blocks together on the floor, my cat Emma is right next to me pulling the pins out. Crazy cat!

  9. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    For the kitties (and pups) who like to play in the pins, WEARABLE PINCUSHIONS!! :) Wouldn’t that be cute? Unless they rolled on their backs…that wouldn’t be good. Maybe Mochi can just wear the jar on his back with a pretty ribbon around his belly. :)

  10. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:


    I like to use the curved pins, and a spoon to close them. Anything to save the fingers!!! :)

  11. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    Too cute in that Bonne Maman jar!

  12. The fabulous robin allegedly said:

    What a great idea! I use (and love) those same pins for quilt basting. Matter of fact, I’ve become kind of a pin snob about it and won’t use the silver (and hard!) basting pins I’ve got.

  13. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    I love the idea of keeping the pins open all the time, but I’ve tried it and stab myself to death trying to get them out of their container! I don’t have your talent with pins, obviously! Maybe it’s cuz I use the curved basting pins, ya think? Nah - it’s just me. LOL I love those colorful pins!!

  14. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    There must be at least fifty pins on the floor of my studio waiting to snag a little foot flesh.

  15. The fabulous WeeBit Wonky allegedly said:

    Is the jar from RASPBERRY Jam???? Oh wait…the focus of your post was pins. Nice pins. Colorful pins. I like your pins. Come see my plain ol’ straight pins.

  16. The fabulous Mary Lou Weidman allegedly said:

    I don’t own any pins like these and just the color and texture make me want them…I don’t have anything to use them for, but I want them. This might be the reason my studio is jammed with stuff I don’t need (and take up my room).
    I still want them and will probably get them. :0)
    Thanks for the photo. FUN,
    Mary Lou

  17. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    That’s amazing! What a time saver. Thanks for sharing & thanks for your kind words on my blog : )

  18. The fabulous Bearpawquilter allegedly said:

    Years ago I jammed a pin into my foot. It was Christmas time, I didn’t take the time to remove my sock and deal with it. Long story short I ended up at the Dr. getting strong antibiotics and limping around over Christmas - very painful! The infection was close to the bone. He said if I had put it off I probably would have gone to the hospital for IV antibiotics. It was probably a pin I had put in my mouth. Take a lesson from me - if you get a needle/pin stick, pull off your sock, make it bleed, and deal with it. And get those pins off the floor especially if you sew over carpet. I have one of those telescoping magnet things and use it after every sewing session.

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