Sewing pins are part of the basic sewing supplies

Fabric being pinned into place

Pinning is used whenever you use sewing pins to hold things in place.

Examples of where pinning is commonly used are:

  • Pinning a seam in place before sewing it
  • Pinning an ornament, pocket, or other part in place before attaching it
  • Pinning darts or other pattern changes while fitting the garment on a model

Pinning is never permanent, but merely a temporary measure to hold things in place.

Pinning and basting are different techniques for similar situations

Pictures by Kristin Roach and Ed Platt