What Are the Different Types of Sewing Pins

Sewing pins are thin and tiny metal pieces that are commonly used by pushing them through cloth. They are used to hold fabric together or as a marker. There are different types of sewing pins for different purposes. Here is a list of the different types of sewing pins.

Straight pins. Straight pins are not curved and don’t have an unnatural shape. Straight pins have different lengths, thicknesses and sharpness. Choose a straight pin according to the type of fabric you plan to use it with.

T-pins. T-pins are shaped like a letter T for easy finding and grasping. These pins are made by bending the needle into shape. They are thick and are used with coarse and heavy fabric.

Fork pins. Fork pins are shaped like a letter U. They are thin and are used to pin fine cloth. Its shape makes it easier to lift the fabric up without pinching or holding the cloth. Use fork pins when handling slippery or delicate fabrics.

Safety pins. Safety pins are bent pins that have a locking mechanism to keep it in place. Safety pins are designed to prevent the tip from accidentally pricking people. Because of this, safety pins are used for many purposes such as fastening a diaper, clipping on a corsage and the like.

Basting pins. Basting pins are pins that are used to fasten pieces of cloth together temporarily and removed when sewing is done. They are often curved to hold pieces more securely, but there are also straight varieties.

Upholstery pins. These are used for upholstery. They are thick to penetrate tough upholstery fabrics. Their curved shaped allow access on small areas.

Pleating pins. Pleating pins are an inch long. They are used to precisely measure pleats an inch thick.

Twist pins. A twist pin resembles a thumb tack with a head that is screwed into place. Twist pins are used to securely hold thick fabrics that tend to bunch up.

Quilting pins. A quilting pin has a glass, plastic, or metal ball attached to its head for easy grasping. There are different sizes of pins depending on the thickness of the fabric or the layers being pinned.

Knitting pins. Knitting pins have dull points. They are used for knitting and quilting.

Patchwork pins. Patchwork pins hold small pieces of fabric to a bigger piece of cloth to allow them to be sewn.

Flat pins. Flat pins don’t have heads. The advantage of using flat pins is that it doesn’t have a head that will melt when an iron is pressed over them.

Pins with heads. These pins have heads made of varying material or shapes. These heads are for grasping, identifying and marking.

Decorative pins. Decorative pins are made to entertain and amuse. They come in attractive colors, shapes and designs. They are not used only for sewing but for display as well.

These are the different types of sewing pins. Buy a variety of these for your sewing and crafting needs. Choose stainless steel or nickel-plated pins to prevent rusting and staining.


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