I was delighted to be asked to test out and review some fork pins from Clover. They aren’t something I have heard of before, so I was intrigued as to what place they had in my craft room. We can never have too many gadgets, can we? And, it is always nice to have the perfect gadget for the perfect occasion. I just had to work out what the best occasion for these were.
The first project I had on the go was piecing a keepsake quilt. I have to say I did not get on with them in this project. The fabrics are all different thicknesses which makes pinning tricky at the best of times but trying to get two pins into two different types of fabric was quite difficult and the pins felt too thick for the fabric.
I had a bag to make next using some fabric I was gifted to try out from the Craft Cotton Company. I decided on a cheat hexi style bag, so I used the pins to help me piece it together. They were more suited to this project. I am a big fan of pressing seams open, I know everyone has their preference and this is mine. It is so annoying when I check the back of my work when I have finished sewing and a sneaky seam has pushed over to one side. Using the fork pins on the join of the seams made sure this didn’t happen which was very satisfying. It also made it easier to match up the seams for perfect points when piecing too.
They are described as good for using on slippery lining projects. My next keepsake was backed with minky fleece which is notoriously tricky to quilt so I was looking forward to seeing what a difference they made. There are 35 pins in the box so there weren’t quite enough to pin the whole quilt of 96 patches. I usually use safety pins and use one in each patch. Having to use two in the same project did help me compare them though. They were a lot easier to put in than a safety pin. I didn’t realise how much stiffer the safety pins were until I did it straight after these pins. They glided in easily and stayed put. The downside was getting pricked occasionally when handling the quilt and since there is no head to the pin, some people with less dexterity may find them a little tricky to pull out again.
In conclusion, I won’t be swapping out my usual pins all the time but I will be using these pins to baste smaller minky backed quilts and when piecing cotton blocks. Here are a few of my finished projects using the pins.