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Some tutorials I’ve seen have the pins going different directions so I’m wondering if there is a rule of thumb for them. Some tutorials the pins are perpendicular to the raw edges and in other tutorials the pins are parallel to the raw edge. My question is this. Is there a proper way to pin the fabrics? Should I use it perpendicular on some cuts and parallel on others? So far I’ve been pinning the fabrics perpendicular but when I pin a pattern piece or piece of interfacing I go parallel with the raw edges because that was how I was taught. Is there a right way and wrong way, or do certain ways work better when it comes to pinning fabrics?


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    Oct 9, 2016, 09.24 AMby Maria Hayek

    I’m not sure there’s a right and a wrong way, I personally find that perpendicular works better for most cases as I can sew without removing the pins thus making sure the layers don’t move which is super useful if you’re trying to match patterns. However if you’re working with thick fabrics it’s better with parallel as perpendicular tends to shift the seam lines from each other in that case. If you have both thick fabric and pattern to match, you just have to be a bit more careful and make sure it still matches from the right side of the fabric after you’re done pinning.

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    Oct 18, 2016, 11.05 PMby Nuliajuk

    When I’m working on the serger I position them parallel to the seam with the heads aiming towards me. This way I can pull them out quickly before the blade hits them.

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