How to Pin Fabric | Sewing Lessons


Hi, I’m Cynthia Mann and we’re here today
at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Fabricworm.com. Hi, I’m Melissa Lunden; I’m the resident seamstress
here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog
tutorials and sew samples of Birch’s line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So now, we’re going to talk about how to pin
your fabric. If you have two pieces of fabric that you
want to sew together along the seam, all you’re going to do is take your pin and you’re going
to insert it perpendicular to that seam and keep your pins couple of inches apart. And then, you’ll sew along that seam and remove
the pin before your presser foot reaches it. And by putting this way, they don’t get in
the way. And if you accidentally sew over your pin,
it won’t break your needle. Another way, you can pin your fabric is having
the pins go parallel to your seam allowance. If you need it to do this way, you want to
make sure you have your pinheads facing you. So as you’re running the fabric through the
machine, you can pull the pins easily. And it won’t get tangled up in your presser
foot. And a little secret trick is double sided
tape. If you are trying to pin something that’s
not laying flat like a pocket to a garment, you can use double sided tape in the center
of the pocket rather than a pin. The pocket lays nice and flat. You sew it on and just pull the tape out when
you’re done.