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Sewing Pin Size Chart

Updated: Jun 4

Sewing Pins aren't one-size-fits-all, but it can be hard to visualize a pin's size with measurements alone. Print or download our Sewing Pin Size Chart below for a true-to-size reference guide to different pin thicknesses. Looking to stock up on pins or refill your supply? Check out WAWAK's selection of high-quality sewing pins to find what you're looking for.

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Choose the perfect sewing pin size with our Pin Thickness Sizing guide.


Sewing pins are available in a range of sizes, varying in both thickness and length. When choosing a sewing pin size, you'll want to consider the fabric you're using them for. In general, thicker pins are better for thicker, heavier fabrics, and thinner pins are more suited for lightweight materials. Using too large of a pin can leave visible pinholes behind in your fabric, so it's a good idea to use the thinnest pin your fabric will allow. (Make sure your pins aren't too thin, though—using a pin that's too light on heavy fabric can cause bent pins!)

A medium-length pin will work for most projects, but longer options like quilter's pins are better for projects with multiple layers of fabric. Shorter pins like these applique pins are great for more precise jobs like applique or beading. WAWAK offers a full range of sewing pins, available in a variety of thicknesses and lengths.


You probably already noticed that sewing pins come in different sizes, but did you know there are different styles of sewing pins, too? Sewing pins can vary by length, thickness, head, and overall shape to be suited for specific applications. Let's go through the different styles of sewing pins and their uses.

Ball Pins are most likely what comes to mind when you think of sewing pins. These standard steel sewing pins feature a sharp point and plastic ball head that's easy to see and grasp. They're suitable for a variety of projects.

Glass Head Pins are similar to ball head pins but have glass heads instead of plastic. The advantage of a glass head is its heat resistance—Glass Head Pins can be ironed over without melting, making them ideal for applications like quilting, where you might want to iron your project while it's pinned.

Magic Pins feature a large, comfort-grip handle that's easier to grasp. These pins are a great option for those who have difficulty grasping ball head pins, or anyone looking for a more comfortable, ergonomic pinning option.

Quilter's Pins are a bit longer than ball pins, with a thinner shaft that minimizes the holes left behind from pinning. They're ideal for pinning through multiple layers of fabric, loose weave or bulky fabric, synthetic furs, and plush velvets.

Also known as satin pins or dressmaker pins, Straight Pins are commonly used for pinning delicate or "slippery" fabric like satins and silks. Many straight pins feature an extra fine, sharp point to avoid puncturing holes in the fabric.

If you need an extra-secure pin, you can also use safety pins! Some sewers prefer safety pins when basting large items like quilts because the sharp points of the pins are covered, making it much easier to handle items that require a lot of pinning. They're also great for temporarily attaching small items like buttons before they go in the washing machine or when determining placement.

There are even more unique types of pins for specialty applications. Try shorter Applique Pins for applique, or T-Pins and Tidy Pins for pinning upholstery and furniture covers. Fork Pins can be used to pin on both sides of a seam at once. Or, choose from even more pins with decorative and easy-grip heads to find the perfect fit for your sewing room.

Use this handy graphical size chart to find the right Sewing Pin.

Sewing Pin Size Chart | Sewing Pins | Sewing Pin Thickness
Reference this Pin Thickness Sizing Guide for a visual representation of various pin thicknesses.

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