Sunday, 30 May 2010
Clover Fork Pins Review
These pins are also known as "mortgage pins" because they are rather expensive. I paid for mine in Australian Dollars but I looked on the Clover website and they are priced at US$9.50, that's for 35 pins. I also checked on several UK websites and found the price varied from £5.65 to £9.89 which shows it pays to shop around.
What They Claim To Do
I was sold the pins on the promise that they would ensure very accurate piecing and all my seams would line up perfectly...
The fork pins are very fine, 0.56mm, and don't seem especially robust but they actually went through several layers of fabric easily and smoothly once I got the knack.
How I Used The Fork Pins
So, what were my results like?
I actually had quite a lot of variation in the accuracy of my seams with these pins.
Some joins were a little way off
To Buy Or Not To Buy
I now find the Clover fork pins easy and satisfying to use and I think, with further practice, my piecing will be reliably accurate (if not perfect) with their help. So I am happy that they were a worthwhile purchase and not something to delegate to the "interesting but useless gadget" cupboard!