Quick Tip – Using Pins to Mark Start/Stop Points

While sewing my Paco Peralta Cassock Coat, I was reminded of a tip that I find very useful. Frequently, when sewing things like in-seam pockets and linings, I need to mark the points where the stitching starts and stops. To do this, I put two pins right next to each other at the point where I want to start or stop sewing. The double-pin gives me a very distinct visual cue. And the nice thing is that I can use this with any type of pin I have on hand – glass-head or steel.

The two pins right next to each other show where the stitching line begins and/or ends.
The two pins right next to each other show where the stitching line begins and/or ends.

Happy sewing!

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5 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Using Pins to Mark Start/Stop Points”

  1. For me, the white stitch indicating the end of the stitching line would be more helpful. In general, I don’t like to sew with pins.

    1. Well, that’s the beauty of sewing our own garments, isn’t it? We get to use whatever methods we prefer. 🙂 I like sewing with pins, especially when joining two vastly different fabrics like bouclé and charmeuse. They hold them together beautifully and I get great results. Also, I use the tailor’s tacks for more than just start/stop – I use them for match points, so the double pin marker makes it obvious which is which.

  2. Good idea! I have also tried using only red (headed) pins for marking the stop point and any other colour, except red, for pinning the remainder of the seam.

  3. I do that too with some multi-colored pins using green for start and red for stop. I often used yellow to mark a spot that needed special attention such as coming to the point on a V-neck.

    Your method shines in that you don’t need pins with multi-colored (read “plastic”) heads. I love reading your tips.

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