2" straight pins and erasers cut into pieces. Instead of the stress on hands brought on by opening and closing safety pins, cut red erasers that the kids use in school, into smaller pieces. Each eraser can make up to 12 pieces. Use the erasers on the ends of the long pins. Much easier on the hands and much cheaper than buying Pinmoors.
Trying yo wrap my feeble brain around this. Do you put the eraser on the "pointy" end of the pin after you pin your layers together?
Makes sense to me upchurs! Safety pins are a pain. I'd much rather use straight pins. Great idea to use the eraser bits. I feel a trip to Wal Mart coming on ... =)
Southwest of San Antonio
Great idea. Will keep this in mind.
Same thing can be done cutting those little sponge ear plugs in pieces. Just another option.
Agnes in NW Ontario
Great idea! I too hate the safety pin thing, especially now that my hands don't always do what I want them to.
(only now what I am going to do with 1000 safety pins? - lol)
There are comercially made plugs for the end of the pins, but if you use erasers, i'm sure it is a lot cheaper.
Wow! Great idea!! I have arthritic hands and wrists and I bet this would be a lot easier!!! I try to save my hands for the pain staking work of quilting! LOL! Its so worth it! My DH laughs at me because next to my sewing machine I have all my necessary tools...and a giant bottle of Motrin!
Now I don't use pins at all anymore I own a Clover mini iron and use the witchery iron on for hem . Place on back side of fabric small pieces tear away as you iron then just pull away paper and iron your quilt works so well no more pinning Saw this on Sewing with Nancy.
ma-maw: I own a Clover mini iron and use the witchery iron on for hem
Must have to use an awful lot of hem tape, could you explain further?
Alternate to attaching small pieces with fusible bond is using a washable glue stick. As with everything else there is a myriad of solutions for any situation.
Now the glue stick is a great ideal as well
thanks for the tip
Just very small hem tape thats no bigger that the Clover Iron which by the way is extremely small
I'm with Marge. Where do you put the eraser pieces? I can't imagine sitting for the hours it would take to place them over the head of the pin in some way. They must go on the sharp end?
I saw this tip too. Just little pieces spaced out like a safety pin would be.