Today's confession topic: straight pins. We've talked about them in some ways before - pins versus pattern weights, sewing over pins, etc.
But my question today has to do with replacing pins.
For some reason, I had this idea that, when you start sewing, you pick up a package of straight pins and that's it. You're done. You have spent your life-time pin budget of $3.60 and you never have to look back. (Ah, the innocence of youth...)
But my pins - brace yourself for a nasty shock - appear to be getting dull! The nerve! A short 9 years of pinning together dozens and dozens of garments, being forced into sequined-glued spandex (teenage niece - not me!), being run through the sewing machine - and they are starting to wear down... What is this world coming to?
So, it appears that I may have to shell out ANOTHER $3.60 for more pins. You know, spread across almost 10 years, that's like 3 cents a month, just for pins! ;)
Okay, seriously, in hindsight it's kind of funny that I change my sewing machine needle after every project, but somehow expected my straight pins to last forever. Doh!
And I'm curious about your experiences. Do you replace your pins? Do you have some kind of schedule or system, or do you just do it when it seems to be needed? Do you throw out individual pins as they become dull or do you just replace an old package with a new package once in a while? About how often do you feel that pins should be replaced? I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say! :)