Sewing Essentials

What Are Sewing Clips?

No matter what style of sewing you do whether it be home furnishings, clothes or quilting you may have come across sewing clips. Now they aren’t necessarily a new thing but I think there is still a market that isn’t using them, myself included (for now at least).

What Are Sewing Clips?

Sewing clips are small clips that you can use to hold your fabric together, seams together or layers together. They are most popular with quilters as they are easier than using pins and easier to take out. 

Sewing clips are similar to pegs and other clips in the shape, structure, and design but have a small pad of rubber on the pincer parts to stop damage to the fabric.

What Are Sewing Clips Used For?

Sewing clips can be used for so many different styles of sewing. Everything from handbag making to quilting. Below is a list of all the different ways you can use sewing clips. 

  • Holding Bias Binding in place
  • Holding layers of a quilt together
  • Holding seams of a garment together
  • create bias binding
  • For hand stitching projects
  • For hand patchwork pieces

How Can I Use Sewing Clips

You can use sewing clips for so many projects, the list above will help you determine whether you want to use them or not. It mostly depends on what kind of sewing projects you are looking at doing and if you use pins often or not. 

You can use them for pretty much anything if you want to. They are most commonly used for edging quilts, cushions and home furnishings. But you can use them for clothes alterations, garment making, making your own braid or trim. 

Some alternative ways to use your sewing clips are:

  • to keep your scrap fabrics tidy 
  • to keep pattern pieces of a current project together
  • To hold piping in place 
  • To hold seams of a garment together while you sew
  • For garment fittings

Should I Use Sewing Clips or Sewing Pins?

This is completely up to you, the benefit of using the clips are that they are easier to use and handle. They are brighter and easier to see along with bulkier so they are easier to pick up. 

If you struggle to hold layers together or hold onto smaller objects these are really useful. I would also introduce using these where you can with children who like to sew. The sewing clips are great for edges and holding together bias binding while hand sewing into place. 

For me personally the biggest benefit of using the sewing clips is that they are bright, bulky and easy to use. If they get dropped on the floor you can easily find them again and don’t have to worry about any injuries. 

The drawback to using the sewing clips is that they are limited to what they can do, they can’t hold 3 layers together in the middle of a quilt like a pin can. They also aren’t going to be the best to use on smaller projects that take more intricate lines and tucks. 

Where Can I Get Sewing Clips?

You can find sewing clips in a variety of places, they are much more common and you can find a variety of prices/bundles. Sewing clips can be found is different formats. These are a great addition to any sewing box, whether it be a beginner or advanced.

You can find the normal plastic colour sewing clips in packs of 60, 100 etc. Clover do a pack that are a trusted brand and are well made.

Or you can find these stainless steel clips that have measurements along, these are great if you are looking to have a firm hold all the way. Also very handy for measuring guides while sewing

Sewing clips can range in price depending on where you are based in the world and if you have a local shop or not. Some places may cost a little more due to high demand, harder to get hold of and quality.

I hope this has helped you determine what are sewing clips and whether you want to have some for your next sewing project. If you already use sewing clips I would love to know how you find using then and if you think they are worth buying.

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No matter what style of sewing you do whether it be home furnishings, clothes or quilting you may have come across sewing clips. Now they aren’t necessarily a new thing but I think there is still a market that isn’t using them, myself included (for now at least). Do you use sewing clips? Do you want to learn how to use sewing clips? or learn the best sewing clips for your project?