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Strong pins needed

pambijh | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi all,

I work with a small theatre group designing scenery and costumes.  My problem is with straight pins and safety pins.  They bend too easily. Where can I get pins that will go through heavier fabrics and not bend out of shape?  Any advice will be appreciated.



  1. Palady | | #1

    I suggest you consider T pins.  JoAnn's has a pckg of 3 sizes.






    1. pambijh | | #2

      Thank you, I will give them a try.


      1. Palady | | #5

        Kind of you to give my suggestion consideration.

        Should you find "bank" pins, please post the link with a photo if possible.  These are an unknown to me by name as well as configuration.   My Google search came up wanting.  Hopefully you'll have success.

        Looking forward to reading what you might offer.

        :-) 's


        1. vwren99 | | #6

          Bank pins look exactly like regular steel dressmaker pins, but monster size, lol.  They are almost like nails, although I think they do come in more than one size.  I believe the brand name we used to use was "Ruth's" or "Aunt Ruth's" or something like that.


          Edited to add--I did a search, and found some here:


          Edited 4/8/2008 8:50 pm ET by vwren99

          1. Palady | | #7

            Thank you so very much for the URL on bank pins.  My search was unsuccessful. 

            My mother's "stash" came to me and surprisingly to me I have some of them!  Now I know they have a name. 


        2. pambijh | | #13

          No luck with "bank pins" yet.

  2. vwren99 | | #3

    "Bank pins" are really strong.  I haven't used any for over twenty years, so I don't know of a current source, though I think we used to get them from a theatrical supply house.

    1. pambijh | | #4

      Thank you,

      That's a new one to me.  I will search theatrical supply houses for them


  3. Teaf5 | | #8

    For the safety pins, use diaper pins. They are thin but very strong. Twenty-four years later, I'm still using the ones from my daughter's cloth diapers. They come in plain, subtle colors as well as endearing duckies and teddies and will hold anything--sleeping bags, tents, banners, coats, and costumes. The head can be painted or embellished to appear as a button or brad or can be hidden inside.

    For super strong straight pins, I use floral pins, sold in the flower arranging section of craft stores. For tacking fabric to screens and walls, I use wire brads sold in small vials at the hardware store. For safe, temporary tacking of hems or scrims, I use a standard desk stapler; they are stable, strong, and relatively safe and can be removed with a typical desk stapler remover without creating holes in the fabric.

    1. pambijh | | #14

      Thank you.  Everyone has had great suggestions and I believe my problem has been solved.  No more bent pins. Yay!

  4. rekha | | #9

    Try Manhattan wardrobe supplies http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/store/m2_pins_straight.html

    Edited 4/10/2008 3:37 pm ET by rekha

    1. pambijh | | #10

      Thank you, I will check them out.

  5. stitchagain | | #11

    Somehow I posted this to the wrong discussion.

    Try again.

    Sometimes binder clips (also called alligator clips) work better than pins for heavier projects.  This is what you would find in a stationary or office supply store.  They come in many sizes.

    I have used them on theatrical projects.



    1. pambijh | | #12

      Thank you, that's a great idea. I will try it out.

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