buying fine pins?

My straight pins are rough and old. ( So are my hands but that's beside the
point.) I fell in love with a Jewel Box quilt at the Biloxi quilt show and
knew I needed to make one of red, white and blue for a Wounded Warriors
quilt. I need long, thin, sharp flat-head pins. You'd understand if you
saw how many HSTs there are to match in this quilt. Obviously it's been a
while since I've pin shopped. Anyone here bought some recently that were
fine? Polly
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Polly Esther
Many years ago I took a class doing Balitmore applique. The teacher had some 'lace pins' that were I think long and fine. It may be what you are after.
Dee in Oz
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Dee in Oz
Thank you so much, Dee. Maybe 'lace' is the magic word. NOT that I'm inclined to try making lace. No reason to do that when it can be done better by others. =) I'll do a tenacious search and see what lace pins turns up. Polly
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Polly Esther
Another that I've heard referred to often are 'silk' pins. Supposedly very fine. Not sure how long or if they are available in flat head. But might be another alternative for you. Good luck.
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AuntK
I looked at pins recently and could not believe how many choices there were..too many for me to decide. I have a box of quilters pins I bought many years ago to use for sewing. They have served me well but will need to be replaced soon. I guess I want long, thin, sharp pins too, so will be interested in learning what you choose. Linda
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Linda
Iris pins are made in Switzerland: 1-1/4"long, extra-fine, don't leave holes in fine fabrics and don't bend either! HofP stock them - 400pins for $6.50.... you could also search for Iris pins to look for other styles and suppliers in the US. Also, look for wedding dress supplies or lingerie pins. barnyowl
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barnyowl
I spent a little time wandering around the net; discovered Clover makes a long flat head they say is ultra fine for 'shear' fabrics. =) Ordered some from shiboridragon - a new source (to me). I also set out the CornHuskers lotion in full view so I'll remember to use it. No scent, no oily feel but it is good stuff. Polly
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Polly Esther
Not much of a pin user myself -muist they have flat heads? My favorite fine pins are IIRC from Clover (Japanese) and have delicate blue glass heads. They don't melt if an iron touches them. Mostly they just give me pleasure to look at in my little needlepoint pincushion, but occasionally I DO need a pin. Roberta in D
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Roberta
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Like Roberta, I also like those Clover pins very much. Another I like a lot -- and tend to use more often -- are the IBC silk pins, found at Clotilde, I believe. Neither of these has flat heads, but they're wonderfully fine and sharp. Wonderfully! :)
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Sandy
Thank you, Shirley, but I hope I've found some that are skinnier. For the life of me, I can't imagine measuring around a pin but the Clover 2510 claims a .45 mm. We shall see. Polly
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Polly Esther
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I hope they work well! I love Clover extra fine pins, but mine have the glass top not the flat head. I also love the Iris ones that others have recommended.
So nice to have good pins that don't ever catch or snag and barely ripple the fabric.
Do check before you iron over your new pins (if you do that sort of thing) not all pins like that and the tops will melt.
Not saying I've done that myself.... :-) marcella
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Marcella Peek
I love Shibori Dragon. It's fairly local for me and the owners are very nice. Good luck with "The Great Pin Search". Donna in Bellevue just up the road from Shibori Dragon.
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ddean
On Sun, 27 May 2012 20:29:21 -0500, Polly Esther wrote (in article ):
Clover is making some really long, thin pins they call patchwork pins.
Maureen
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Maureen Wozniak

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