It Takes a Village approach to sewing pins is my favorite.
No, I don’t have any weird pin-fixation. Each pin serves a purpose when sewing. You could end up ruining your project if you use the wrong pin.
Pins are a common item. If you don’t put them in a box, you will likely use the wrong one when you sew.
To help me keep up with my pins, a simple system was devised.
Why you need a system
You will find sewing pins in plastic boxes that look similar to this when you buy them.
It’s a disaster if your pinbox falls on the floor and is knocked off your sewing desk. Here, I don’t make any confessions!
Ball Point Pins for Knits
This box contains 75 ball point pins, each measuring 1.5 inches in length. Each pin has a purpose. These pins are made for sewing on knits.
A Universal pin would make a small hole through my knit fabric if I used it.
A ball point pin doesn’t leave any holes if I use it. When sewing with knits, you should always use ball points.
These pins are identical to my other pins so I need a way for them to be kept separate.
I bought a purple tomato pin cushion from Joann’s for $1.00 (with a coupon). This will keep my ballpoints separate but still allow me to knit.
It was marked with a Sharpie point. This is how simple it is.
Hint: Learn more about sewing with knits.
Universal Pins for Wovens
This cute little bird pin cushion is what I use to keep my universal round-head pins. These pins measure 1.75″ in length and require something to stab them into.
Flat Head Pins
My Universal pins are used for all wovens. These pins are kept separate due to the yellow head. It is made of plastic and could melt if ironed. Another set of Universal pins is available, but they are flat and have no melting head. They are also 1.75″ in length and require something deeper. These pins are kept in a large tomato pin cushion that costs $2 at Joann’s (with a coupon).
Extra-Sharp Pins For Sheer Fabrics
You need extra sharp pins if you are sewing on silks or sheer fabrics. These guys are kept on a magnetic pin cushion. They can be kept in a drawer or on my backside of my sewing table since I don’t use them as often.
Okay, maybe I was not completely truthful. These pins have a very high blood-acidity and I draw blood every time I handle them too much. For a project that is blood-free, the magnetic pin cushion is your best option.
Although it would be much easier to have all my pins on magnetic pin cushions I am always concerned about magnets being near my computerized sewing machines.
These are not used daily so they can be stored in a magnetic pin holder.
Sewing Machine Needles
Don’t forget your sewing machine needles. You don’t want it to be thrown away if you are using a heavy-duty needle to hem jeans.
This is how I keep up with machine needles that are barely used. A pin cushion and a Sharpy fine point are all you will need.
The tomato pin cushion is a great way to keep all my pins organized. (affiliate)
The little strawberry serves a purpose. It’s filled with emery-sand, which will sharpen your pins.
They come in many sizes and colors making it easy for you to keep your pins separate.
This makes pin-aholics like me very happy.