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How to Wear a Safety Pin in Clothes

author image Mimi Bullock
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.
How to Wear a Safety Pin in Clothes
Safety pins make a handy tool for pulling up a broken zipper tab. Photo Credit: Maxal Tamor/iStock/Getty Images

When your favorite blouse tosses you a surprise like a missing button or when a hem line falls in a skirt, safety pins can offer temporary assistance. Many people prefer hiding the safety pin by securing it inside the garment; however, if not used properly the sharp pin can poke you. Strong and easy-to-use, safety pins come in different sizes but have one basic shape. This simple device also keeps the effects of static electricity like crackling and clinging clothes to a minimum.

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Fixing a Garment

Step 1

Turn the garment inside out. Locate the area that needs attention. If it's a fallen hem or missing button, fold the material with your fingers to demonstrate how you want the closure to appear.

Step 2

Find the appropriate sized safety pin for the job. If fixing a large tear, you may need two or more pins.

Step 3

Cinch the area closed with your fingers. Open the safety pin by pressing on the bar. Watch out for the sharp point.

Step 4

Slide the open pin through the fabric twice. Allow an inch or two of space in between the piercings for a better grip on the fabric.

Step 5

Squeeze the pin closed, sliding the bar back into position.

Step 6

Turn the garment right side out. Check the area to make sure the safety pin is hidden. Wear your garment.

Pulling Up a Zipper

Step 1

Find a large safety pin and open it carefully. Slide the open bar into the broken zipper tab.

Step 2

Close the safety pin. Tug on the pin to close the zipper.

Step 3

Open the safety pin and remove it from the zipper. Close the pin and keep it in your jean's pocket in case you need it again.

Fighting Static Electricity

Step 1

Examine your garment. Look for a seam or a hem that touches your skin when you wear it.

Step 2

Open the pin and position it along the hem or seam. Close the pin.

Step 3

Wear the garment with the pin next to your skin. Contact with your skin acts as a ground that stops static electricity.

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