I have been exploring curved piecing and really running with a lot of different ideas in the past month. I wanted to share with you a quick pinning tip that has transformed pinning for me – and not just pinning for curves.
I personally use a seam guide on my machine, as you can see in the photo above. It bolts to my machine and is adjustable to allow me to change from scant 1/4″ seams to full 1/4″ seams or a 3/8″ or 1/2″ seam – whatever I need. It’s a valuable tool for my piecing accuracy.
However, for years, I’ve been a bit frustrated with pinning due to the seam guide, but a simple change that I have adapted to over the past month has revolutionized how I feel about pinning. Instead of having the head of the pin sticking to the right, make sure the head of the pin is to the left.
With the head of the pins to the left, I can now sew all the way up to the pin and easily nudge the pin out of the way of my needle with my left hand as I am piecing to keep from hitting the pin with the needle. Another fun tip for curved piecing, I sew slowly and have a stiletto in my right hand to keep the fabrics aligned as I go.
Do you pin? If so, do you already pin in this way?