I recently asked one of the Facebook quilting groups I belong to what their favourite piecing pins were. The overwhelming majority said that their favourite was Clover Fine Patchwork Pins. I bought two packs in the recent Punch With Judy birthday sale and tested them over the weekend. Here is my verdict.
First off, these pins are SHARP! This is good, because they go through fabric very easily. It also means they go through fingers easily. I haven’t used good pins for a while so my poor fingers didn't know what had hit them!
These pins are very fine, so I had a little trouble at first pinning them through three or four layers of fabric when preparing to piece points. However, after having used them for a few hours I was getting used to this.
Where these pins really come into their own is of course chain piecing. The pins are fine enough to fit under the ¼” foot on my machine so I can sew so much faster than previously. I am really impressed with them.
The one criticism I have is the same one I have of all Clover pins; the containers are too small. For some reason I’m not a fan of pin cushions (I really need to get over that one) and these boxes are just too small to put the pins back in neatly once they've been used. I think I may need to buy myself one of Red Pepper Quilt's fabulous Liberty pin cushions next time they become available.
The final verdict is that these pins are great and I would highly recommend them. Perhaps use a thimble though – did I mention they’re SHARP?! Punch With Judy sell these pins for $13.50 per pack of 100.
Disclosure: I purchased these pins and this post has been written independently of Punch With Judy or Clover.
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