In my title you can see I mentioned new pins. This is the first step in my plan for the new year. I've developed the habit of purchasing new pins at the beginning of each year. It’s a tip I got long ago from a wise sewing sage and I really took it to heart. Such a practical tip, start in January with fresh pins and relegate the old ones to a storage box, or perhaps even . . . GASP . . . throw them away!!! I know, as a sewing enthusiast you are probably like me, a re-cycler, a saver, and an all around waste not type of person. Many of us save dull denim sewing machine needles to use for picture hangers and keep patterns for decades even if it's just for sentimental sake. Then of course there’s the infamous scrap box. Sewing often means saving and most of us love to re-new, re-use, and re-cycle, especially when it involves sewing.
So, when it comes to something as basic as pins I just think it makes sense to start the year with pins that are perfect. Funny how we don’t think twice about changing the sewing machine needle but we balk at pitching pins. Sure, you may not need to refresh every batch every year, but certainly pins that have been used over and over again could, and quite possibly should, be retired. Are you ready to toss out the old and treat yourself to new pins? If you are, I’d like to share my list of favorite "must have" pins.
My final favorite pin is the small but mighty Appliqué pin. Appliqué artists love these and so do I! Since appliqués are often made up of small pieces it is important that the pin does it's job but also stays out of the way. Because they are short they do not distort the fabric layers and cause the shrinkage I described above. I used them on my Wrapped In Embroidery projects for securing ribbon trims in place. If you look closely at the photo where this blog begins you should be able to spot the tiny white pins. They are mingled with a few of my favorite tools and items I used for making the nine wraps. See if you can find them :-)