Susan, Count me among those that happily use support pins in Binche! I discovered this trick in one of Ulrike's books and it has been wonderful. I am a tension-er, always tugging and pulling on my threads. I usually use my regular fine pins, not necessarily the really fine insect pins, but it depends on my mood. I think any holes left by pins will be much less unsightly than threads pulled out of place! I also leave those pins in the work as long as the others. Then when the lace is done and all the threads snipped I go around the cloth stitch areas with glass head pin and gently "scratch" the threads next to any holes to close them up. Usually you can't even tell a pin was there!
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