18 March, 2008

Grab A Fork!

... a fork pin, that is. These are my newest favorite pins, absolutely worth their weight in gold* when it comes to precision piecing. This is the way they work: when matching up opposing seams drop a "marker" pin (conventional straight pin) straight down, vertically, through the seam; aligning the stitches both top and bottom. Slide one U-shaped fork pin up either side of the "marker" and remove the vertical straight pin. Stitch. I used to align and match this way, but instead of a fork pin I would pin close on either side of the vertical pin before removing it; this took time, two pins, and would occasionally push the marker pin off of vertical. These fork pins are sharp and thin, they slide smoothly into the seam allowances; since they're going in at the same time they seem to lock and anchor the marker. The results are great! Take a look here at how precisely these seams, and points, line up after using the fork pins (click photo to view larger):
They're pricey, though. *The above reference to gold isn't accidental. The Clover pins pictured here come 35 to the box and retail for around $10. I found them at my LQS. (I'll keep tabs on these babies, I won't be tossing them around my sewing space willy-nilly.) Think of these an investment... in your time, in your sanity; not to mention how much longer your seam ripper will last!
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
Life is Good!

10 comments:

quiltteacher said...

(Ah-h-h....I see you are doing your
February "homework".) I really like the double stick pins. First used them on our shop retreat in February. They really do help keep everything in its proper place.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh this interesting. I'm not sure I exactly understand but I will think on it somemore.

Stuck Quilter Love, *karendianne.

CONNIE W said...

I've seen them and wondered if they were a good product. With your endorsement I will be getting some. Thanks.

Lisa Boyer said...

SOLD!!! I'm getting me some. I wonder where I can get them online. FedExed overnight. I need them NOW.....

Gee...you're a pretty great saleswoman!

Libby said...

A very handy tool, indeed *s*

Quilt Memories said...

I'm HOME, thanks for the tip, looks like I will need some for my quilting on the go****VBS****
Took the trailer by work when we got in this afternoon and the "boss" promised me a working generator by Thursday afternoon....YEAH, finally ELECTRICITY..... now, no excuses...
Good to be Home J

Tanya said...

I will look around for these. We do get Clover products in Japan. Always interested in anything that makes life easier!

Cheryl said...

I need some of those!! Thanks for the wonderful explanation!

meggie said...

Good advice on several fronts here!!

Bonnie said...

I saw these also and want to give them a try! They are also available from my amazon store (shameless plug)

http://astore.amazon.com/quiltville-20/detail/B000YZ8MK6/002-2736082-1792053

Just in case anyone is interested! (I told you, I was shameless!)

Bonnie