Oh my goodness, I do love safety pins. Invented in 1849, they have three superpowers when it comes to mending:
- holding hems, seams and patches in place while you stitch
- marking holes and other damaged spots in clothing, saving you time trying to find them later
- first aid for clothing emergencies that occur away from home, preventing public nudity until you have time to mend
For hand stitching, and sashiko-inspired stitching in particular, I prefer safety pins to sewing pins because they keep my fingers safer – I’m less likely to get stuck by accident. (It took me decades to realise safety pins are called safety pins for a reason!)
You don’t need to buy safety pins if, like me, you just seem to collect them without trying. If you don’t have your own ragtag collection, however, I highly recommend these – they’re the only ones I deem worthy of selling in the shop.
Why? Curved safety pins are preferred by quilters – they’re extra strong and won’t bend under pressure, and the curve makes them easy to manoeuvre through thick layers of fabric and batting. The good news for menders is that they’re also great for pinning thick, sturdy fabrics (e.g. denim) and multiple layers of fabric when patching. Their size and super-strength means they are not suitable for delicate fabrics such as silk and cotton voile and could potentially leave larger holes than desired; try traditional fabric pins instead.
This pack includes 100 curved safety pins that are 32mm at their longest point. They’re made of metal in Japan and packaged in a reusable plastic case by the manufacturer.
View the full range of pins and safety pins here.
This shop is in slow mode while I adapt to life as a new mum! Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
I'm currently dispatching orders once a week; place your order by 5pm Thursday Melbourne time (AEDT) for dispatch the next day (Friday).
Australia Post is experiencing significant delays. If you select Express Post at checkout, it will speed up Australia Post's delivery timeframe but won't speed up my process.
After your order has been packed, you will receive an email notification with your Australia Post tracking number, which you can use to check on the delivery status of your order.
Northcote/Thornbury customers can select local delivery at checkout. Local deliveries coincide with my pram-walking schedule, usually 1-3 days after purchase. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
For the best chance of receiving your order in time for Christmas, order by 5pm on 9 December for standard shipping, and 5pm on Thursday 16 December for Express Post and local delivery.
This shop will close for Christmas at 5pm on 16 December. Orders placed after that time will be shipped in January (exact date to be determined) when the shop reopens. The exception is gift vouchers, which are available for purchase 24/7 and delivered automagically by email!
Check Australia Post's estimated delivery deadline for your country here, then add one week for my processing time.