Pins come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, shapes, and colors so how do you know which pins you should use for which project?
The T Pin, whose name becomes obvious when you see it’s design, has a variety of uses….everything from pinning papers onto cork boards to working on wigs to creating craft projects. But in the world of fabric they are perfect for working with heavy pile fabrics (like upholstery, home decor weight, and duck cloth) as well as loose knits because the head won’t disappear or slip into fabrics. That T bar across the top won’t allow the pin to be sucked into heavy layers. However, you should note that these pins are usually thick and are not recommended for use with delicate fabrics.
Ball head pins are a great all purpose pin. In fact, they are considered a “general purpose” pin. The ball on the top makes them easier to both see and handle. For example the colored heads are great help when locating different sewing points on patterns.
Flat head pins come in a variety of lengths and widths to match the fabric you are working on. With flat head pins, the longer the pin is, he thicker it is. For example a long 32mm pin is used for working with heavy fabrics while a standard dress making pin is only 27mm in length and is thinner than a long pin.