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Saturday, 3 October 2015

"Pins ain't what they used to be"

I had an accident this week. A stupid accident which could have been avoided and it set me thinking about pins.
First, a cautionary tale then you will understand what I am talking about.

My love of gadgets, including a different pin for every job, led to this earlier this week.
You see I have long pins,  short pins, fine pins, lace pins, quilting pins....... Do you see where I am leading? And that's just the pins, I have all sorts of needles too!

I was using  very fine, extra long pins when I decided to fit my garment. Forgetting there were still pins in it  I duly tried it on, slipped and stood on one of these pins. Of course being so fine it snapped as soon as I moved leaving a good portion of it in my foot! The pin incidentally went straight through my house shoes, I never walk about bare foot.( in case I stand on a pin of course...)

I don't know if you can make it out but the offending pin is in the bottom of this tube.I have to say that everybody found it hilarious - even me I must add, and my consultant did too, which was worrying.
Anyway, after days of hospital appointments and poking around it was decided that the only way to get rid of the offending article was to have a general anaesthetic and remove it in surgery. Which is what I did today. Apparantly they can migrate around the body which is indeed what my pin had started to do.

I must say this, All praise to Blackpool Royal Infirmary who treated me like a goddess today! Well apart from laughing at me that is. I could not have been treated any better or with so much love and care. THANK YOU

I shall spare you a picture of the operation site, but this picture is quite amusing. Dont I look glamorous with one foot painted yellow with an arrow drawn on the  leg with a  permanent marker, the other leg in a surgical stocking?

So, I hope that you take my tale to heart and take care with pins! Because it will take two whole weeks before I can have the stitches out and start to become mobile again.

Solving my new "problem"

I  have had plenty of time to think about pins today and how many different types there are. Just look at Pins on and you will see what I mean. I like the curved basting pins, and I will be buying some of those to replace the long pins I use for patchwork. 

I also adore this retro tin of glass headed pins by Prym, also from Jaycotts.

Dont you think the tin is beautiful? 

 I am throwing away every single ordinary pin I own now, and replacing them with the very pretty glass headed and flower headed pins, which not only can  be seen more easily than ordinary pins, they are rather pretty too.
I also need to invest in a magnet! Jaycotts sell horse shoe magnets for picking up spilt pins  see it here Magnet
They also sell a magnetic pin cushion which may be a good investment. Magnetic pin cushion

I also discovered these rather clever wonder clips  CLOVER wonder clips which do away with pins totally, they can be used for quilting and I suspect will also be useful for sewing any bulky item such as coats and padded jackets etc. Of course I have talked about double sided basting tape in previous blog posts, and I do use it a lot where I want my seam to remain stable while I sew it.

My research shows me that there are safer versions and alternatives for every pin type imaginable. Silks and fine fabrics do require a long fine pin, you can buy pretty ones which are more visible, or simply pin inside the seam allowance where less damage can be done to the fabric.
Most good haberdashery stores have  great selection of pins and accessories by the way.

Please take my tale to heart and do take care with your pins and needles. I thought that I was careful with them, obviously not, I really don't want this to happen to you.

Anyway, now that I am confined to home I will be doing lots more sewing. Every cloud does indeed have a silver lining.

Ps, you didn't really expect this to stop me sewing did you? I made this top today....

Happy (safe )Pinning