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    It's not very likely but hitting a pin dead on with a needle will not deflect and its bad news for the needle and potentially for the sewing machine.

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    I musta' watched the same video.. I did my bear bag and left the pins in.. worked fine and was much easier .. I have also had good luck using Stitch Witchery ...
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    I generally keep them in. Just remember when you are placing them to place them pointy side away from you. By that I mean, place them so that as you are sewing when you sew past the pin, the dull end is the first end you encounter. That will keep you from accidently pricking yourself with a pin. Also, I find it much quicker leaving them in.

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    This thread is almost exactly five years old. There might be an award for that!
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    hehe... it is still a point of debate though. Leaving the pins in is an ok idea if the pins are at right angles to the stitch line. If you place pins in line ofr one reason or another, you always want to remove them. There is a much higher probability of hitting a pin with the needle.

    Hitting a pin with a needle at high speed stitching is a very problematic thing to do. Needles do not often break simply and cleanly in two pieces. One piece can stay strung of the thread while another is clamped to the machine. But other pieces which may be created are going to fly off in dangerous ways. OSHA actually has needle guards intended to protect workers from breaking needle pieces. In addition even if the needle grazes the pin it can bend which creates a very high level of dangerous breakage. The higher the sewing speed the greater the danger.

    I take my pins out for the most part. But if you leave them in... be aware of the trade-offs.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    +1 on what Ramblinrev said. Use caution.

    I was taught to never sew over pins. My Mum has made a living sewing, so she is my teacher. Needles can, and often do, snap if they hit a pin. She tells tales of pieces of broken needles in eyes ending badly, and not just once. She recommends wearing glasses of some sort while sewing anyway, but insists on eye protection if one chooses to sew over pins.

    Also, it can be hard on the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    hehe... it is still a point of debate though. Leaving the pins in is an ok idea if the pins are at right angles to the stitch line. If you place pins in line ofr one reason or another, you always want to remove them. There is a much higher probability of hitting a pin with the needle.
    Yes, Very important to have them at right angles. My Mom did it this way, so I do too. I have broken a needle or two though. Buy good pins too, the ones sold in dollar stores and such are thicker and the heads pull off at times. I've noticed a change in quality from the pins that my Mother had in her sewing notions and my newer ones. I'm choosier now.
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    I don't do it so often any more, but they're always at right angles when I do.
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    you kids and your pins ......


    i don't really use them anymore ... i did when i first started but i got away from them after a while .
    but i always pulled mine out as i was sewing in fear of hitting on with the needle
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    I don't use them for hems anymore...just for tricky joinery.
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