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Removing basting safety pins

by Noreen
(Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)

Should I remove all the safety pins before attaching the binding?


I always do.

In fact I remove my pins as I quilt. Every pin is an opportunity for my quilt to get 'hung up' as I stitch.

By planning my quilting ahead of time, I can pin in the areas that are going to need the extra 'hold-it-together-ness' that the safety pins provide.

I don't pin over any seam allowances, not ever, because those lines will be stitched first, in the ditch to stabilize the quilt. Once all the blocks are stabilized that way, I can choose to quilt anywhere that I want in the quilt without the layers shifting on me. I do the fancy stuff when I'm really warmed up and having a good day...the more boring background work when I'm not at my best...and remove the pins as I go.

The quilt seems to get lighter and easier to maneuver that way...even though it can't REALLY be that much lighter. I mean, seriously, how much can a safety pin weigh?!

Readers, do you remove the pins as you go? Tell us using the 'comments' link just below. Thanks!


Julie Baird

PS I LOVE the curved safety pins! Totally worth the extra cost!

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Removing Safety pins
by: Gammy Sue

For years I pin-basted my quilts and stored them closed in an old tin, but my daughters convinced me yo spray baste. I tried it and loved it! Be careful, though, when buying basting sprays...some are better than others amd will "gunk up" your machine if you get the wrong kind,

removing pins
by: Roberta

Although I don't pin my quilts, but baste them, I do remove the basting as I go, however, after I've entered the quilt in the fairs and have used it a while, there's always a short length of basting that I failed to remove!

removing pins
by: noreen

Thanks for your reply. I never thought of removing the pins as I quilt and that's an interesting idea. I really like the curved pins too and saw a suggestion that, upon removal, leave them open and save one action the next time.

From the Editor: I store my safety pins in a metal tin and ALWAYS store them open...saves a lot of time. I guess great minds think alike! :D

Glad to be of help!


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