Straight pins are one of the most basic, yet necessary accessories a person should have in their sewing kit when making projects using Juki sewing machines. Yet as simple as these pins are, they can be really aggravating. They work great, that is if you can get them into your fabric.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to get your straight pins to behave better. When you are creating fun projects with sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi, try the helpful tips below so your pins are ready to go when you are.
Sharpen the Tip
One of the reasons straight pins are sometimes difficult to push into fabric is because the tip becomes dull after a few uses. The first few times you pin fabric for stitching with Juki sewing machines, they work great; however, going forward it is harder and harder to push them in.
Try sharpening the tip with an emery strawberry. This "emery strawberry" is the small, little stuffed strawberry-shaped thing that hangs off the side of a tomato pincushion. It is filled with emery sand, which is the grit used on an emery board. Put your pin into the strawberry a few times and move it around to sharpen the tip and remove any microscopic bits of rust that may be on the pin. After doing this, your pins should slide right in until they again need sharpening.
If you have lost the strawberry attached to your tomato pincushion, another option is to make a little steel wool pincushion. Create a fabric pouch and stuff it with fine steel wool to use in the same way.
Try A Bar of Soap
Sometimes the problem is not necessarily dull pin tips, but rather dull pin shafts. If the emery strawberry is not helping, try using a bar of soap. Put the soap on a little dish, then push a pin in. Insert the pin about one-third of the way into the bar being careful not to bend it, then simply pull it out.
The soap will put a slippery film on the metal. This film should allow your pins to slide right into the fabric. Best of all, any minute bit of residue left behind will wash right out when the garment is cleaned. If a bar of soap helps, keep one close by when you are using your Juki TL2000Qi so you do not have to slow down because of dull pins that will not cooperate.
Natural Oils Also Help
If you do not want to use a bar of soap, you can also use beeswax in the same way. Just push your pins into the beeswax and pull them out. They should be ready to go. You may even already have some beeswax around for other uses. Wax film should also wash right out of the material; however, if it leaves stains behind that do not wash out, discontinue use.
When none of the above is available and you have to get that last pin in so you can get started using your sewing machine, try running it through your hair. Carefully drag the pin through your hair close to your scalp so it picks up some of your natural oil. This is an old seamstress trick your grandmother probably used when she had the same problem.
Before getting too aggravated with your straight pins when making something on sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi, try one of the previously mentioned tips to remedy the problem. When pins are kept sharp or made slippery, they will slide in and out of fabric with ease. Your pins will last longer and will not interrupt the creative process when you are using fun Juki sewing machines to create a great garment or item!