Gransnet forums

Arts & crafts

Sewing clips are brilliant

(14 Posts)
Blossoming Tue 06-Apr-21 15:14:35

Got a box of these on the recommendation of Sewstine, one of my favourite sewing bloggers. They’re so much easier to handle than pins for someone with my impairments. They don’t keep jabbing my fingers as I sew, and while I suspect treading on them will be like treading on Lego at least they won’t be driven into your foot!

B9exchange Tue 06-Apr-21 15:16:55

Presumably you have to take each one out as the needle approaches? I am lucky enough not to have a problem with pins, or for something intricate, I tack it?

JaneJudge Tue 06-Apr-21 15:17:16

yes they are aren't they? They are really good for heavyweight fabric too

Mogsmaw Tue 06-Apr-21 15:23:46

No, you’re ok. I can confirm if you tread on them they break!
I agree they are a revelation although I don’t think they entirely eliminate the need for pins. I’ve tried weighted bags for cutting-out but sometimes you need to pin.
Have you tried a rotary cutter? Again, not a replacement for scissors but another tool to use.

Blossoming Tue 06-Apr-21 15:37:15

I use pattern weights when cutting out. As I sew by hand I don’t need to remove the clips, I just place them along my sewing line and stitch beneath them. I don’t bother tacking small items, but if I did tack I’d still need to pin or clip to keep the fabric in place while I tacked it. A needlework teacher advised against a rotary cutter for safety reasons, and I’ve not really had a problem using shears. One-handed sewing has it’s own challenges 🙂

Ilovecheese Tue 06-Apr-21 15:46:14

I mainly use these for holding the binding in place while I stitch it on my quilts.

shysal Tue 06-Apr-21 17:18:35

I bought some when I was making face masks. They were ideal for positioning the pleats evenly. However, I pinned afterwards before machine sewing.

Blossoming Tue 06-Apr-21 17:22:22

I can’t manage a sewing machine one-handed Shysal so that isn’t really an issue for me 🙂

Aveline Tue 06-Apr-21 20:05:30

Would ordinary clothes pegs not do the same thing?

JoyBloggs Tue 06-Apr-21 20:22:15

They look interesting, thanks Blossoming. At the moment I just use hairgrips at right angles to seams and they're also good for hems as they're easy to put in place and they don't scratch your legs like the pins I used to use.

Blossoming Tue 06-Apr-21 20:40:35

Aveline

Would ordinary clothes pegs not do the same thing?

They would be far too big!

Aveline Tue 06-Apr-21 20:48:09

Blossoming I was only suggesting clothes pegs based on your photo. It must be pretty close up!

Blossoming Tue 06-Apr-21 22:14:46

It is Aveline, they’re only about 2cm long! Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound rude.

EilaRose Wed 07-Apr-21 00:32:24

I use clips when sewing handbags, purses etc, also when stitching some leather or faux leather trim on jackets etc. I started with the size in the above photo, then bought some longer ones which also open wider and therefore great for quilts, jackets etc.

The longer ones were great when I made a quilted patchwork jacket last year, however I still use pins at times too, just depends on what I'm sewing.

To someone asking if clothes pegs could be used...I tried these prior to buying the clips and while they work at times, the clips are a better design for machine sewing. They are flat on the base, so the item you are sewing will sit flat on the machine bed or free arm. They are also 1cm wide and the mouth area is 1cm deep, so you've got an instant measure guide as well.

A tip for anyone interested in buying the longer ones...I bought red for the small and dark green for the long ones and while I keep them in separate small baskets, it's easy to see at a glance which size you are using and also where they are located. I just bought the chinese ones on eBay, much cheaper than the branded ones in sewing or quilting shops.

A great little invention, I have NO affiliation just use them quite often, but for me, they will never replace pins. Hope this helps someone?