These wonderful new pins have all the attributes of 1/2" pins - but are better!
The essential applique pin is 5/8" long - a full 1/8" longer than the sequin pins we used for years. That little bit of extra length makes these sequin pins easier to pick up and use.
The traditional head on this pin is easy to pick up and it gives you traction as you push the pin through the fabric.
The essential pin is just a little thicker than the shorter pins we used to use. Surprisingly, that thickness helps to keep the pins in the fabric as you sew. Click here to see a video.
This is the pin we used for many years.
Because they are short your thread doesn't hang up on them so much. Their shorter length allows you to use more pins which holds your applique in place better.
I don't use these 3/4" long pins. That said, I know that many of you do love these pins.
If you have neuropathy or some other problem with your fingers, these pins are a good choice because of their added length.
This is my favorite needle! It is a sharp (shorter than a milliners needle) in a size 12. This needle is SHARP and glides with amazing smoothness through the fabric.
Both straw needles and milliners needles are are longer than a typical applique needle. That extra length comes in handy turning under the seam allowance.
Some quilters prefer to applique with a shorter needle. These size 12 applique needles made by Clover are not as long as a milliners (or straw) needle. They are easy to thread. We find that they don't bend as much as some applique needles do.
$2.85 - Clover Applique Needles
This is a very good needle to use with our size 12 or 16 perle cotton when you are stitching with attitude!
$2.80 for a pack of #9 needles, 15 needles per pack
Also good to use with the perle cotton are these sharps. The eye is rounder and some might find these easier to thread than the crewel needle.
Hemming & Son or John James Sharp, size 7 (bigger)
$2.40 for size #7
Hemming & Son Sharp, size 9
$2.40 for size #9
I finally found a use for glue! I'm using this glue pen to baste the seam allownces to the paper in English paper piecing. It works, it's fast, and I love it!
Run the glue along the edge of the paper, not the fabric. Fold the fabric over the edge of the paper and onto the glued area. The glue comes in blue, pink, or yellow but it dries clear. Once dry, it holds the fabric securely but it also releases with little effort.
Each package has 2 cartridges.
This leather pad sticks to your fingers with a strong adhesive. You can reuse it many times. It is thick enough to work but is also flexible.
I use a thimblepad on the fingertip of my needle-holding hand.
I have sewn for years without protection on my underneath finger - but not any more! I have been using both the Domed Under Thimble and the Dimple Thimble. I like them both and can't really say that I have a favorite.
The smooth metal dome attaches to your finger with an adhesive pad. Because it is rounded, it fits nicely on the tip of your finger.
The point of the needle slides across the dome smoothly. You can't exactly feel the point of the needle but I can easily tell where it is.
I've sewn more than a week with just one adhesive pad. There are 8 pads in the package and you can order replacement adhesive pads as you need them.
$6.85 Domed Under Thimble
This thimble is much like the domed under thimble, but it has an indentation - a dimple!
I think I'm getting smaller stitches with this one! The needle tip seems to turn to go back up through the fabric more cleanly. That said, the dimpled thimble doesn't sit as flat on your fingertip as the domed thimble does so it doesn't feel quite as natural on your finger. That's why I'm using them both. Sometimes I like one better than the other.
$7.30 Dimpled Under Thimble
Adhesive Pads for Under and Dimpled Thimbles
There are 8 in a package.
Thimble-It is thinner than the Leather ThimblePad.
Each package contains 64 small, flexible, self-adhesive finger pads. I cut the larger oval into smaller ovals that better fit my fingertips.
This adhesive finger protector is more flexible than Thimble-It (above). It is designed to help you grab and pull the needle but I sometimes use it to protect the sore spots on my finger.
This is an amazing needle threader! It has two openings - one for larger needles and one for smaller/applique needles. The best part about this threader is that when you put your thread into the groove, it "pops" into place and is held there while you push the lever to thread your needle.
Click here to see a video of how to use this threader. The package also includes instructions. Trust me, you will love it!
This needle threader will thread very fine needles (size 9-12). The case slides open to reveal a clever mechanism. Simply insert the needle and lay the thread in the groove. Pressing lightly on the lever directs a shaped pin into the thread through the needle eye.
It's important to put the needle in correctly! Click here to see a video of how to use this threader. The package also includes instructions.
This is the replacement cartridge for those of you who love the threader (above) but have bent the mechanism.
$5.00 Sewline Threader Replacement Cartridge
This needle threader works with the both the size 12 and 16 perle cotton thread in the size 9 crewel needle shown below.
$3.85 for a pack of two threaders
Click here to go to the perle cotton threads.
Needle Nannies attach to your clothing with a very strong magnet. Each one is a great place to park your needle and/or small scissors as you work. So much better than sticking your pins in your shirt!
They are all the same price. Sizes are similar, but vary depending on the design.
The Halloween bat is 1 1/4" x 3/4"
$12.50 Halloween Bat (quantities limited)
The bunny is 1 1/2" x 1 1/4"
$12.50 Bunny Needle Nanny
The rooster is 1 3/8" x 1 5/8".
$12.50 Rooster Needle Nanny
The Sunflower is 1 1/4" at its widest.
$12.50 Sunflower Needle Nanny
The mouse is 1 3/8" from top to bottom.
$12.50 Mouse Needle Nanny
The dragonfly is 1 3/8" from wingtip to wingtip.
$12.50 Dragonfly Needle Nanny
The bird needle nanny is 1 3/8" square.
$12.50 Bird Needle Nanny
The cat needle nanny is 3/4" x 2".
$12.50 Cat Needle Nanny
The dog needle nanny is 1 1/8" x 1 1/4".
$12.50 Dog Needle Nanny
The heart needle nanny is 1 5/8" from side to side.
$12.50 Heart Needle Nanny
These pins are finer than the flower head pins above. I love these when I am piecing because they are so fine. The flat heads allow the pins to lay flat which is good.
There are 20 pins in a package.
These are the most amazing pins for piecing. Made in Japan, they are very fine, and a bit flexible. I love them!
From Just Another Button Company, it is the special buttons and pins that make this pincushion so very cute. It's a fast and project and perfect gift. Everything you need is in the kit.
Also from Just Another Button Company, it is the special buttons and pins that make this pincushion so very cute. I don't know about you, but I need one for myself and one for my DIL. Everything you need is in the kit.