How To: Use Pins

It’s often taken for granted that everyone knows how to use pins while sewing. When I first started sewing I was putting pins in every which way. It turns out that there actually is a best way to put pins in fabric while you’re sewing! And most people will tell you not to use pins while using a serger but I disagree! Pinning is very important. Especially when you’re using stretchy fabrics.

It’s really very simple. Not a lot of explanation is required.

How to use pins while sewing

Make sure to pin often! I usually err on the side of over pinning when working with difficult fabrics.

Sewing Machine:

Pin with the head off to the right side. Reason? It’s easy to take them out while sewing. Slow down to take pins out before you run them over. Your sewing machine needle will not like hitting a pin.

Serger/Overlock Machine:

Pin about 1″-1.5″ inside the fabric. Pin heads should beĀ facing down. This will prevent you from being stabbed as well as making it easier for you to remove them while serging. Of course, you don’t need to remove them because they are safely out of the way of the blade!

Are you an over pinner or an under pinner?