Wednesday, October 07, 2015
It may seem a little weird to get very excited about straight pins, but we sewers know that there are pins, and then there are pins. My favorite used to be Iris Pins, but the last batch I bought simply weren't as good as they used to be, and this seems to be the consensus. So I've tried various brands and types. Clover Quilting Pins aren't bad, but I knew I hadn't tried everything out there.
When I was in Portland last April with the Fiberly Group, we went to Josephine's Dry Goods, a lovely store. She had Insect Pins in Size 2, which I like so far. I wanted to try some more, and decided to see what other brands and types were available.
I ended up purchasing Size 000 pins, to see just how much difference there was in sizes. These are much finer than the Size 2, and bend more easily, although not as easily as you might guess, given how fine they are. I like the little gold ball heads on the black pins, and have been happy to use these.
The photo above is of various sewing pins in my collection, and the 2 insect pins. They are the black ones, and the smaller one on the right is the Size 000. The pin on the far right is your average every day pin.