This is not so much a technique but a good trick for sewing super delicate fabrics.

There are fabrics that are too delicate to be pinned but need to be secured. I used to hand baste them in place but I recently started using mini clothing pins and they work so much faster.

They're also great for serging since regular pins are easy to miss and will ruin your serger.

I use these pins to sew velveteen, silk and jersey. I'm sure they work amazing with leather and vinyl.

I usually find them in scrapbooking or woodworking shops. They also have them at large craft stores and art supply stores. They come in several sizes - the ones I'm using are about 3/4" long.

Technique Materials

Mini cloth pins, silk, velvet, velveteen, chiffon, charmeuse, organza, jersey, crepe, wool, leather, pvc

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    Dec 31, 2012, 08.57 AMby cwnash71

    I purchased some at Walmart in their craft section as well

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    Mar 7, 2012, 09.37 AMby Luiza Grooks

    great idea. never thought about it, I always hand sew first. Anyway, this will make my life easier! :)

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    Jan 10, 2012, 11.19 AMby angelagerson2

    thanks for the tip.

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    Sep 22, 2011, 01.43 AMby DoubleG

    cool. I’m about to make a silk scarf, so this tip is timely.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 07.23 PMby oola

    They also carry packets of these at a dollar store chain in Canada, Dollarama! Wicked idea. :)

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    Sep 15, 2011, 08.35 PMby Kozmique

    What a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sep 15, 2011, 08.25 PMby mirela

    Wow! great tip!

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