Here’s why

you should remove pins instead of sewing over them:


Don’t say you weren’t warned.


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  1. Eeek, how'd your needle handle it :0)

  2. LOL!!

    I just did that the other day AND snapped the needle of my sewing machine! I was just too lazy to move it sooner

  3. PinkGranny says:

    Ah….that can be such a pain!

  4. LOL! Thanks for proof positive!

  5. Oh my hundreds of bent pins will show that I already knew that. I had to throw away about 5 just yesterday. :) I do hope your sewing machine needle came out okay!

  6. Anna @ Blue Dirt says:

    My local sewing shop lady says not to run over pins! It will slowly screw up the timing on the machine and you will have to bring it in for a check up! Plus I cringe just thinking about that metal noise, grunting, and beeping that ensues!

  7. Nancy's Couture says:

    I am currently in school for dressmaking and pattern making and that is one of the things the talk about. Always remove pins before you get to them, not only can it mess up the timing it can also cause burrs in the metal parts of your machine. Just thought I'd share what I was taught :0) I have done that (before taking these classes) and actually broke a part in my machine that cost me about $200 to fix.

  8. Molly @ Me and Madeline says:

    Hehehe, looks familiar. I hate pins, necessary evil I guess.

  9. Even worse than a bent pin, you can knock the cam out of whack in your machine….then the big $$$ repair fee kicks in. Definitely don't sew over pins.


  10. Melanie@Crafty Cupboard says:

    my 18-month old has an obsession with finding my pins and putting them into my sewing chair cushion. I am unaware of their presence until I sit down on them, so not only do I have an unpleasant sensation on my bottom, but my pins now have 90-degree angles!

  11. POOTLE FLUMP says:

    I do that alot too. A couple of weeks ago (using my zipper foot) the needle did miss the pin which was good but I wasnt paying attention and it went right through my finger 3 times and needle was in the down position (with my finger still in it) when it finally stopped!! Ouch!!

  12. What, no pic of the needle busted in half? LOL.
    I may have done that a few times.

  13. Carla Hegeman Crim says:

    I've tried to stop sewing over pins…but I can't…

  14. Amanda Joy says:

    I remember getting docked points in the sewing section of TLC in 7th grade. It must have stuck with me, that and seeing the girl next to me sew her fingernail trying to remove the pin too late…yucky!

  15. I'm getting good at this, pulling them out without evens topping;) Woot woot!

  16. Nice thing about the internets is you know you're not alone. OK, now what can you craft out of that lovely pin?

  17. Momma Rawl says:

    I'd love to know how the needled came through….I've sewed over needles, but that one looks rough. Glad to see other opinions on the topic though. I've had instructors tell me it's okay to leave in and others say remove. I usually like to sew slowly, so I just remove. Makes me feel better.

  18. Karlalala says:

    You know what else you shouldn't sew over? Your right index finger. Learned that one the hard way.

  19. Yikes! I've done that before, but I've never bent one that bad. Hope it didn't do any damage to your machine, that would stink!

  20. At least you didn't break your sewing machine needle. That always happens to me!

  21. Jennifer Wood says:

    LOL i have several needles in my pin cushion now that are duplicates of your pictured pin. ;) oh and i break my sewing machine needle often. argh…

  22. That reminds me of a story :) A while back I was trying to remove a pin before I got to it with the sewing foot…(without stopping the machinr) 'Yeah…I have since learned my lesson' :) I hit my fingernail with the sewing needle and it broke of a big chunk in my nail! It was horrible.

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