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.
Safety pins 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 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!)
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.
I honestly used to think these types of pins weren't really necessary. Once I tried them, I couldn't go back. I rarely use straight pins now and regularly add a new pack of these to my orders.
These curved safety pins are really useful. Handy when cutting out and sewing. Much less dangerous for fittings when traditional pins stick into you or fall on the floor. For mending, they help keep edges drawn together and keep other layers safely out of the way. Top product, thank-you.
This shop dispatches orders once a week so I can do alllll the things – including running this shop and running after two tiny tots – and enjoy my life. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
I have a new work and childcare schedule for 2024 and am still working out the best schedule for postal dispatches; please allow approximately one week from time of purchase while I figure it all out.
I ship via Australia Post because it’s reliable, trackable and carbon-neutral.
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.
International customers: click here for current Australia Post international delivery timeframes.
Shipping is currently a flat rate of $12 within Australia ($17 Express Post); international shipping is calculated at checkout. Gift cards are delivered electronically and do not require shipping.
I ship worldwide with the exception of the UK, due to VAT regulations that came into effect on 1 January 2021. If you are in the UK you can order the UK edition of my book from your local bookshop.
Customers in Northcote, Thornbury and nearby suburbs (subject to capacity) can select local delivery at checkout. Local delivery is extra-slow and coincides with my pram-walking/kid-wrangling schedule, up to one week after purchase. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
I choose to reuse
When shipping orders my first priority is to reuse packaging materials whenever possible – boxes, padded mailers, cardboard, paper, tissue paper, bubble wrap and egg cartons from neighbours, second-hand shops and recycling centres. I cannot guarantee the materials used to ship your order will be plastic-free for this reason.
My tags and labels are stamped by hand onto compostable paper tape or preloved cardboard packaging.
I buy recycled packaging
If I don’t have suitable second-hand packaging to use for your order, my next priority is packaging made from recycled materials. It's important to me to support Australian companies making good products from our recyclables, and to make sure that material gets a second life.
I use compostable, gummed kraft-paper tape to seal my parcels whenever possible. I have a second-hand tape wetter that I love, purchased from my local op shop. Gummed paper tape is available at most art-supply shops if you want to make the switch yourself!
Express Post orders will have official plastic "Express Post" tape added.
International orders with many items will have a plastic pocket taped to them, to accommodate additional paperwork required by customs.
Individual product packaging
Every item for sale on this website has its packaging components listed and in most cases photographed, so you can make an informed decision.
When I speak to my suppliers I specifically ask that my orders be supplied to me without plastic packaging, whenever possible, to avoid waste and single-use plastic. This isn’t always possible, but I’ll keep asking, forever.
Here's how one of my suppliers has my name recorded in its database: