Pinning with Wire Versus Nails

This video will compare two pinning methods. We like to pin the corners of bags so they don’t stick out in the plaster. I like to use these short pieces of wire that we’ve cut off at an angle. We’ve tried different cutting methods. The latest and best method is a hammer and chisel, and we just chop it. It’s like a 30 degree angle. It’s extremely sharp, almost like a needle. The other method looks like a 6d (6 penny) common nail. We pin each corner. We’re going to let the video roll. We’re each going to pin a bag and see how it goes. Also remember we’re only pinning it a little ways, so we don’t create large recesses. Ready? Go… Yes, it’s done. So it’s over twice as fast. Maybe with practice (pinning with nails) you could go a little faster. But still, these nails could fall out. This wire will not fall out. There’s no way. I read on the Internet last night on some blog that stitching bags with wire was way too slow. So I got to thinking I wonder what they’re doing? I don’t know. But here you go, here’s some hopefully convincing evidence that it can be very fast and easy.

Description of my stitching method: Poke the wire through the corner of the bag and bend the end over. Poke the other end of the wire through the bag about 2″ away, pull and bend the end over. The wire is about 4″ long. Note: the 16 gauge galvanized wire we buy is extremely cheap. It’s much lower cost than nails.

1 thought on “Pinning with Wire Versus Nails”

  1. Comment from YouTube poster: (Please leave comments on this blog so I don’t have to post stuff twice.)

    That’s impressive. Have you done standardized tests though, that eliminate the speed and competency differences between yourself and your friend?
    What happens if you do five each way – are you still twice as fast with wire than nail?

    Owen: I’ve used both systems long enough to realize that pinning with wire is far faster than nails. No need for a bunch of tests. Try it and see for yourself.


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