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How to Pin Fabric for a Sewing Project

Learn how to pin fabric for a sewing project from founder Cynthia Mann in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Cynthia Mann and we're here today at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I'm Melissa Lunden; I'm the resident seamstress here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog tutorials and sew samples of Birch's line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So now, we're going to talk about how to pin your fabric. If you have two pieces of fabric that you want to sew together along the seam, all you're going to do is take your pin and you're going to insert it perpendicular to that seam and keep your pins couple of inches apart. And then, you'll sew along that seam and remove the pin before your presser foot reaches it. And by putting this way, they don't get in the way. And if you accidentally sew over your pin, it won't break your needle. Another way, you can pin your fabric is having the pins go parallel to your seam allowance. If you need it to do this way, you want to make sure you have your pinheads facing you. So as you're running the fabric through the machine, you can pull the pins easily. And it won't get tangled up in your presser foot. And a little secret trick is double sided tape. If you are trying to pin something that's not laying flat like a pocket to a garment, you can use double sided tape in the center of the pocket rather than a pin. The pocket lays nice and flat. You sew it on and just pull the tape out when you're done.

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