To many people, a pin is a pin. Yet this is not the case with sewing pins, as there are different pins for different purposes such as when sewing with sewing machines like the Janome 8002D. Depending on the project, the fabric, and the stitch, the quality of different types of pins becomes important to help sewers more efficiently stitch their projects. Whether using sergers, Janome sewing machines, or any other brand sewing machines, understanding the different types of pins and how to use them is important!
What Makes A Pin?
A pin is more than just a pointy bit of metal. There are five main parts of any pin:
- The head
- The point
- The thickness
- The length
- The metal from which it is made
These things all determine what a pin is designed to do. Depending on these various features, pins can be used in different sewing applications, whether hand-sewing or sewing with regular sewing machines, sergers, quilting machines, or others.
Different Types of Pins
There are many varieties of sewing pins that use different combinations of the above-mentioned features. Based on these specifics, pins should be chosen to suit the fabric, the sewing method, and any other aspects of the project. Following are some of the features of various sewing pins:
- Pin Head Types - Pins come with flat and ball heads. Flat head pins are most common and utilitarian as they can be sewn and ironed over, although they can snag fabric and be hard to find when pinned. Ball head pins, or pins with large decorative heads, alleviate these concerns. Plastic ball head pins are common, but should not be ironed. Glass and metal ball head pins can both be ironed in safely.
- Pin Point Types - Standard sewing pins are considered sharp pins and can be used on most fabrics. Extra-sharp point pins are finer and made for use with fine fabrics, as they will slide in without causing damage. Ball point pins have rounded ends and are suitable for use with knit fabrics that snag easily with sharper pins.
- Pin Thickness and Length - Knits and softer fabrics require a thicker pin to hold them. Fine, delicate fabrics should be pinned with a thinner, finer pin to avoid leaving pinholes or otherwise damaging the fabric. Most sewing pins are shorter in length, about 1 and 3/8 inch or less; however, when pinning multiple layers, knits, or thicker fabrics, a longer pin is recommended.
- Pin Metal Composition - Pins are usually made of stainless steel, nickel-plated steel, chrome-plated steel, brass, and nickel-plated brass, which may be important in some circumstances. Naturally, a sewer who is allergic to nickel should avoid nickel-plated pins; however, other types can also corrode over time and stain the fabric. Chrome-plated steel and brass pins are the least likely to corrode; generally, pins should not be left in fabric for long periods of time.
- Specialty Pins - Besides straight pins with the above features, there are many specialty types of pins available for different uses. These include safety pins, T-pins, fork pins, twist pins, skirt pins, button pins, and numerous other types.
Pins are available in many different types and are important tools for all kinds of sewing. For the best results whether sewing by hand, using sergers, Janome sewing machines, or any other kind of sewing machine, it is always best to use the right type of pin. Finding and using the right pin for any project makes sewing with a Janome 8002D or any sewing machine easier and without the risk of damage to fabric, staining due to corrosion, or even damaging the pins themselves. Anyone who sews should keep a supply handy of the various pins they commonly use to make quick work of pinning fabric together in preparation for sewing!