Sewing Glossary

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An ever-growing glossary of sewing terms and techniques.

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pin cushion

pin cushion

Your pin cushion holds your pins and keeps them accessible. You can buy or make your own pin cushion. The tomato pin cushion from the fabric store comes with an emery to keep your pins sharp and clean.

pins

pins

Flat (metal) head pins have metal heads that are ‘flat’ on top and can be ironed. Use these if you don’t want the head to get in the way. Dressmaker’s pins have flat heads. Plastic head pins come in ball or flat shapes and are easy to see. Flat plastic heads lie flat under a […]

point turner

point turner

A point turner is usually made of plastic or bamboo and comes in a two basic shapes, but its main purpose is the same – to help you turn things right side out without damaging your fabric. Because of their different shapes, point turners can do double duty. Some include a button gauge while others […]

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