Pins are a simple, yet essential item for those making garments and other projects on sewing machines such as the Juki HZL DX7. Although they may seem self-explanatory; there is actually a lot to learn about these temporary fasteners! Before anyone sits down in front of any one of the Juki sewing machines, be sure to read about the proper use of pins!
Use the Right Ones for the Job
Pins come in various lengths and gauges for a variety of uses. It is a good idea to have some standard varieties for most projects as well as ones that are thicker. These types are more suitable for heavy duty sewing and can provide a more secure hold without bending when using thick and stiff fabrics. A bent pin does not hold the material as securely or accurately as a straight one. Prevent this issue by using those that are the right weight.
Get Rid of Bent Pins
Any bent pins should be discarded as they increase the possibility of errors. They are an inexpensive sewing accessory that can be easily replaced, so there is no need to have to work with bent ones. Reduce frustration and wasted time in front of the sewing machine by simply tossing out any that are no longer perfectly straight.
Be Cautious of Plastic Heads
Pins come with different types of heads, including the flat metal, plastic, or glass ball variety. The flat type is inexpensive; however, it can be a bit more challenging to use. The ball head variety are easy to hold, easy to place, and easier to find and re-position than those that are flat. Yet it is important to be cautious when using the plastic ball type. Although less expensive than the glass kind, plastic head pins can melt if the fabric needs to be ironed while they are in place - and a melted head could ruin a project.
When it comes to pinning technique, setting pins perpendicular to the seam or lengthwise along the fabric rather than horizontally can be much more effective. By grabbing a small piece of material in an up and down fashion, there is greater flexibility of the affixed area and less chance that pins will slide out while sewing the area with a Juki HZL DX7 or other type of sewing machine. Perpendicularly placed pins are also easier to iron over and there is less of a chance that anyone will be stuck by the sharp end, which happens frequently when the fabric is affixed horizontally.
Pin Within the Seam Allowance
Another important tip is to try to place pins within the seam allowance whenever possible to reduce holes and other damage to the fabric. This may not be as much of an issue with the smaller and thinner variety; however, when working with heavier or finer fabric, holes and pulled threads could be an issue. Temporarily fastening material within the seam allowance protects the visible part of the pattern from any unsightly holes.
As simple as they seem, pins play an important role in many projects. These tips may not make or break a person's efforts when sewing with Juki machines like the Juki HZL DX7; however, they can definitely make it easier and less complicated. The right pins used in the right way are just one more small detail that can help make using sewing machines a fun and productive experience!