There are lots of brands of pins and lots of different kinds of pins. most of you will be familiar old fashioned steel headed pins such as these.
|Stainless steal dressmaking pins|
|Plastic head pins|
And for those who like this sort of thing there are lots of pretty pins with shaped heads such as hearts or flowers.
|Plastic head pins with heart shaped heads|
These are all lovely and pretty, and solve the problem of not being able to see them when dropped, and they don't hurt your fingers like steel headed pins can when pushing them through fabric.
I used to use plastic headed pins myself until I discovered Glass headed pins. These were game changers I have to tell you! No longer did I melt the bobble heads with the iron (marking the plate on the iron), no longer did they bend at the drop of a hat, and no longer did the bobble heads come off mid use - forcing me to grab a pair of pliers to retrieve the darn things.
Glass headed pins are made with high quality nickel plated steel which is really strong, it holds it's point for a really long time and they never bend unless you hit them with some force. Like other dress making pins they come in two lengths as seen below.
|51mm and 35mm Glass head pins|
My favourite brand of glass head pins are Hemline
|My favourite brand of glass head pins|
As you can see they are pricey, but you will really appreciate how good they are. This is an investment in great tools for your sewing, if you make patchwork they are especially good because you can iron over them.
So if you sew as a hobby, or more seriously, think about the pins you use and consider getting some glass head pins - they make great stocking fillers at Christmas for friend and family who sew too, you can get them at most sewing and craft outlets or online.