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The Lowly Safety Pin and Its Many Uses

Hello People!

I do hope your weekend is going great!

It’s almost the end of November and Nano Poblano/NaBloPoMo. So yeah, I’m almost out of writing ideas. I say almost, as I still have a few tricks up my sleeves. I have actually enjoyed doing a post a day this month. Made me use my gray matter a bit more than usual. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

Like today’s post. All about the lowly safety pin. We take it for granted! It can be used for lots of things, besides just holding a bra strap together.

Did you know?

The safety pin was invented by American mechanic Walter Hunt in 1849. It was first called a “dress pin”, made to help prevent hurt fingers and bent pins from using straight pins. Over the years, people have found other uses for the safety pin.

  • It can even be used to prevent pickpockets! Just simply pin your zippers in your purse with a safety pin to the fabric of the liner of your purse, they can’t unzip your purse easily this way, it can be done with your backpacks too!
  • Ladies do you suffer from static cling with your dresses or skirts? Just pin a small safety pin to the inside lining or slip. The metal in the pin conducts the electricity and diverts the static.
  • I’m sure we all know that if you have a broken zipper you can use a safety pin for replacement zipper tab.
  • How about using it as a fish hook? Yup, you sure can!
  • They also can be used as clothes pins for hanging up clothes on a clothes line.
  • Now I’ve used them in emergency sewing, you can hem your pants with them. I’ve done it once or twice.
  • How about for ‘plumbers crack’? You know what I’m talking about. Those low riding jeans or shorts that when you bend over shows the crack of your butt. Just use a safety pin to pin your shirt to your pants!
  • In the 80’s safety pins were used as a fashion statement by punk rock groups. They even used them as body piercings! Ouch!
  • You can use them as a push pin on a cork board. I’ve done that.
  • They make a great device for keeping papers together if you run out of paper clips and can’t find the pesky stapler.
  • Can’t find enough hooks to put those Christmas decorations up with? Use a safety pin!
  • Crafters use them in jewelry making.

How about in fashion?


Anyone else with any ideas for the use of safety pins? Let me know in the comments!